At Kingsley, our Early Years Foundation comprises of 2 Reception class’s. We view our Early Years Foundation Stage as one of the most important school years as this is where we try to give our pupils the best possible start to their school career. The curriculum follows the early learning goals set down by the Department of Education, and focuses on phonics, early reading, vocabulary, mathematical and basic artistic skills plus body control skills. As well as teaching children to be kind and gentle to one another, we also help them to show care and concern for living things, their environment and the world around them. Each spring, we receive live eggs and children have the chance to watch them hatch into chicks and look after them before they return to the farm. Much of the learning takes place through play in activities that have been carefully planned and managed by the Foundation Stage team.
Although we teach through stimulating topics our Early Years Foundation Stage team ensure that planning follows the pupils’ interests through careful observation, assessment and topic sheets that are sent home where we ask parents to tell us what their child knows about the topic and what they would like to learn. Each area of the curriculum is planned for through broad topics and themes which change half termly. The learning environment includes the Foundation Stage, which is divided for discrete teaching sessions and an outdoor learning area. Over a 2 year period which includes Year 1 children have the opportunity to experience our Forest School in small groups of 6.
The school day includes a variety of whole class teaching, adult led tasks, and pupils own independent activities. Our Reception is set up so that the pupils feel at ease when choosing their own resources, and developing their own ideas and activities with friends which enables them to become motivated and independent learners.