EYFS – Reception Class

Welcome to Year R (Early Years Foundation Unit Reception Class)

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In Year R we aim to provide an environment where children can flourish, grow in confidence and are prepared for a happy and successful journey through school. In order to achieve this we focus on developing social skills, enabling them to work successfully within a group situation, sharing ideas, turn taking and to develop empathy. At St Georges School, the early years team work closely and have an overarching aim to ensure children reach their potential, this link allows the transition process to be fluent by continuing the same teaching techniques.

Speaking and listening skills play a key role when children are exploring ideas, songs, stories and role play activities. Listening, understanding and responding are essential in our daily routines throughout all activities. Children can access free choice activities and initiate their own learning throughout the indoor and outdoor environment. As their knowledge and understanding increases through all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, children are encouraged to develop their imaginations and become independent learners.

To enable all children to experience a diverse and exciting school life we provide a range of activities and resources for them to access. We are fortunate to have a fantastic space, indoor and out where learning is holistic and often achieved without children even realising. Each weeks activities are linked to a theme, usually related to the seasons and special events throughout the year. All have a focus on reading, mark making skills to develop into writing, maths and phonic knowledge through the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. Our first theme at the beginning of the academic year will be ‘Good to be me’ so we can learn about each other and what is special about ourselves and our peers.

My first Phonic Sounds brochure

As parents you will be invited in on occasions to join in with events and for children to share their learning environment, however you can continually access the online learning journey for your child to see an up to date overview. Please comment on anything you liked seeing or anything you have done at home together, you can also do this via our Dojo system. Parents are always welcome to discuss any queries they have with us at any time, we believe parents are at the heart of children’s development and hope to have a good relationship where you aid us by talking to your children about what they are learning and support your children in any home link activities provided.

Is your child ready for school? Click here to read the Central Bedfordshire’s ready to learn tick list.

This is a short video you could also watch by clicking here

We look forward to meeting and working with you and your child soon

The Early Years Team