Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This has been revised from September 2012. There are now seven areas of learning, three prime areas and four specific areas.
At Curzon, we strive to provide a caring, stimulating learning environment, with activities which reflect the interests of the children. We know that children learn best through play and practical hands-on activities because these develop other skills such as talking, observing, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating and reflecting. We continually address the characteristics of effective learning and provide opportunities for children to:
Play and Explore - where children are encouraged to play and experience open-ended activities.
Creating and Thinking critically - where children have opportunities to develop their own ideas and make links; choosing ways to do things; interacting with peers and adults and learning from each other.
Active learning - being motivated, involved and concentrating and where children keep trying and achieve what they have set out to do.
At the end of the Reception year, parents receive a written report which reflects their child's progress and characteristics of effective learning.
All children arrive at school at different stages of understanding and development and our curriculum allows for all the children to develop at their own pace. Throughout the day, children will be engaged in whole class activities, group activities and individual learning both indoors and outdoors.
We constantly observe, monitor and assess the children's understanding and provide the 'what next' steps to further their understanding and development.
At Curzon, we work closely with parents. We encourage parents to share knowledge about their child's development and achievements. Parents bring their children into the classroom at the start of the school day and they are always welcome to stop for informal chats and to look at their child's work. We also work closely with Quarndon Pre School. They come and use the Reception play area every morning and there is a Rising Five group for children attending Pre School during the second part of the Summer term.