Welcome to Class 1
We are a small but enthusiastic Reception class taught by Mrs Jones. We are supported by Mr Thomas and Mrs Sadler, our two amazing teaching assistants. We are also very lucky to be supported by Michaela, who teaches us for PE on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Things to remember:
Daily: Named water bottle and a named, waterproof coat.
Tuesday: PE afternoon
Thursday: PE afternoon
Our timetable changes through the year as the children build up more stamina for longer whole class learning sessions. Keep your eyes on our class page for our new class timetable.
For more information on our EYFS Curriculum, take a look at our Curriculum pages.
Don't forget to upload any pictures or learning from home onto Tapestry, our online learning journey. Alternatively, use of the paper copies of the observation sheet, in the document downloads below.
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Class 1 Documents
The Early Years Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and 5 years. The Reception year is the last year of the EYFS. EYFS follows its own curriculum divided into seven areas. These areas are made up of prime areas and specific areas, that are further split into 17 Early Learning Goals.
The prime areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Self-Regulation, Managing Self and Building Relationships).
- Communication and Language (Listening, Attention & Understanding and Speaking).
- Physical Development (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills).
The specific areas are:
- Literacy (Comprehension, Word Reading and Writing).
- Mathematics (Number and Numerical Patterns).
- Understanding the World (Past & Present, People, Culture & Communities and The Natural World).
- Expressive Arts and Design (Creating with Materials and Being Imaginative and Expressive).
At the end of Reception, children are assessed to say whether they have met the Early Learning Goals or not. See below for documents giving more information about the Early Years Framework and Goals.
At the beginning of the year, we have a long term plan, that is then tailored over the year to support children’s individual needs and interests. We assess children through teacher observations of independent learning and through 1:1 tasks. The assessment is recorded on Tapestry – an online learning journal. Parents and Carers can access the observations and also add their own; allowing a rich overview of a child’s abilities and interests at home and in school.
Children will often use and develop mathematical language and skills naturally in play. Their innate mathematical sense and skills are developed through enabling maths in the areas of provision through a variety of resources and opportunities. We also have discrete daily maths lessons, following White Rose Schemes of Learning. We use Numberblocks alongside White Rose.
For further information about Maths in EYFS at Aberford see the Maths Curriculum page.
Encouraging a love of early reading, the classroom is full of rich and engaging fiction and non-fiction books. Shared reading of quality books is a daily practice, with more formal Guided Reading introduced throughout the year. As Einstein's quote goes, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Throughout the year we explore and immerse ourselves in a number of traditional tales and familiar children's books. Children enjoy recounting the stories and this helps to develop their story composing skills.
We have daily discrete phonics lessons, based on Letters and Sounds, with letter formation rhymes. We start the year recapping Phase 1 skills alongside the teaching of Phase 2. Later in the year we move onto Phase 3 sounds that include digraphs and trigraphs, and then onto Phase 4 skills and eventually the introduction of some new sounds in Phase 5.
We also focus a great deal on children’s gross and fine motor skills to ensure they develop and are able to hold a pencil effectively to form letters. There are many skills needed before pure reading and writing, and we ensure all the building blocks are in place.
Transition into Year 1
We are lucky to have a close relationship with the KS1 class (Class Two), which really supports a smooth transition for the Reception children into Year 1 at the end of the year. We know that as Reception is the first year of school at Aberford, it is also the foundation stone for all future learning. These documents, below, show how the EYFS feeds into the National Curriculum that starts in Year 1 and continues for the rest of their school life.