The Reception Year at Tany's Dell
In Reception, we work towards the Early Learning Goals. The Government expects the children to be able to achieve these by end of their Reception year. To help the children reach the Early Learning Goals and achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD), we learn in a fun, practical way both inside and outside of the classroom. We teach through a variety of topics which can last anywhere from a week to a whole term. The topics change yearly depending on the children’s interests. Some examples of our topics are; All About Me, Superheroes, Dinosaurs, Frozen, Winter, Celebrations, Emergency Services and Traditional Tales. Although there are two reception classes, we work as one unit and share all of the learning environments.
The Early Learning Goals
Communication and Language
Listening and attention
Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.
Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Children play co-operatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.
Managing feelings and behaviour
Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable. They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules. They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.
Moving and Handling
Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and Self Care
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Shape, Space and Measures
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Understanding the World
People and Communities
Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this. They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes
Expressive Arts and Design
Exploring and using media and materials
Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
Please click here to access more information about what to expect and when, during your child's early development from birth to 5 years.
If you would like more information about your child's experience in the Early Years Foundation Stage at Tany's Dell CP School, please have a look at our Early Years Handbook.
Below, you will find links to some practical resources that can be used to support your child with their learning at home.
http://www.bookstart.org.uk/books/sharing-books/ - Tips for reading stories with your child.
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm - A parents guide to how Phonics is taught at school including interactive games and resources.
Help your child to improve their fine motor skills - Fun, practical activities to help your child build their finger muscles and improve their fine motor skills, ready for writing.
http://www.theschoolrun.com/video-pencil-grasp-development - Information about how your child should be holding their pencil to write.
http://www.theschoolrun.com/helping-your-child-learn-write - How you can encourage your child to be confident with using a pencil, beginning with drawing
http://www.homeschoolconnect.co.uk/teach-your-child-at-home/maths/eyfs-maths-videos/ - Videos with ideas for home Maths activities.
http://www.early-years.org/parents/docs/maths-through-play.pdf - how you can encourage Maths through play at home.
If you are a Parent or Key Worker with a child who will be joining Reception in September, please show them the photographs below, so that they can familiarise themselves with the school environment.
The Teachers in the Reception Classes are Mrs Wright & Mrs Smith