Heyford Park Free School

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Curriculum Reception

Our EYFS setting offers a curriculum rich in experiences across the seven areas of learning for young children.
The three ‘Prime Areas’ of learning are:
  • Personal, Social & Emotional development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
The four ‘Specific Areas’ are:
  • Maths
  • Literacy
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design
We develop lifelong learning skills through ‘The Characteristics of Effective Learning’.
These skills include:
Playing and exploring – engagement
· Finding out & exploring
· Playing with what they know
· Being willing to ‘have a go
Active learning – motivation
· Being involved and concentrating
· Keeping on trying
· Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
· Having their own ideas
· Making links
· Choosing ways to do things
Literacy and maths is taught every day in small group adult-taught sessions. Weekly adult-guided topic activities cover all areas of learning and include characteristics of effective learning. We provide learning experiences with structure, breadth and balance which reflect children’s individual learning styles. These are supported by an environment, both inside and outdoors, that promotes independence, high self-esteem and a positive attitude to learning.
Reading is taught through a systematic synthetic phonics programme where we focus on sound discrimination and the link between the shape of a letter and the sound it makes. Children learn to blend letter sounds together to read and segment words into their constituent sounds to write. Story activities enable children to learn about characters, settings, story sequencing and story structure. This ensures that children develop comprehension skills and develop their vocabulary alongside the mechanics of reading.
Children are able to further explore their learning across all areas of learning during their self-initiated play across the whole of the learning environments. Adults document children’s learning through short and long observations which are often accompanied by photographs. Every child has an individual electronic portfolio of achievements and these are logged against the EYFS profile. Parents and carers contribute to the evidence throughout the year to build a holistic picture of child. Security and encryption features ensure that all data is safe. 
Parents and teachers meet each term to talk about their child’s development and agree their next steps in learning.


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