Children start Reception class at the beginning of the school year where they will become 5 years old. This means that some children may be already 5 when they start and others may not become 5 until the end of the academic year. Therefore we value every child as an individual and take into account their stage of development in our approach to teaching.
In Reception class, children are given the opportunity to investigate and explore the learning environment both inside and outside. There is a balance of child-initiated and adult-led learning.
Children are encouraged to find solutions to problems through experimentation and exploration but are also taught specific skills in small groups, pairs or 1:1.
The prime areas of the Foundation Stage curriculum are Physical Development, Communication and Language, and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. At Oakhill we place a high importance on children learning to communicate effectively, to share their ideas and listen to the ideas of others.
Adults support children in their chosen activities modelling and developing these language skills.
Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and to understand how what they do can make others feel. They are supported in resolving minor disputes without relying heavily on adults to do this for them.
In Reception class we also focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and number skills.
Phonics is taught daily through a systematic approach and parents are encouraged to play a large part in their child’s development of reading in partnership with staff. At Oakhill we use the @Letter and Sounds@ programme to teach and practice phonic skills.
At the end of the Reception year, children leave the Foundation Stage to start Key Stage 1. Each child is assessed in the areas of learning: Communication - Language, Physical development, Personal, social & emotional development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the world, Expressive arts & design.
PE Days - Wednesday
Home Learning Booklet
Presentation from Parent/Carer Session 2018/19
Reception Parent Information Session 11th September 2018
Phonics in EYFS
Maths in EYFS