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Garden Suburb Infant School

Reception Curriculum Information

Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) which sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.

There are seven areas of learning and development that shape educational programmes in early years settings. These are divided into Prime and Specific areas of learning.  All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and should extend children’s learning.  

At Garden Suburb we see all aspects of a child’s development as equally important and interdependent and we recognise that all children develop at differing rates. However we attach particular importance to three areas that are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas are called The Prime Areas, which are:

  • Communication and Language - involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. The development of effective speaking and listening skills will form the basis of all other learning.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional learning  - involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities; developing their independence, co-operation, perseverance and resilience.   This area of learning is also supported by our School Values.

  • Physical Development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

We also support children in the four Specific Areas of the EYFS, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The Specific Areas are:

Literacy - encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics - providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world - guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design - enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology. 

Starting school is major step in your child’s life and we aim to ensure that all children settle into school routines as quickly and as happily as possible. We want children to feel secure and confident and to develop their talents and skills in many different directions, learning alongside their friends in a supportive environment.

Children learn in a holistic way and one experience or activity can provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of areas in numerous ways. Much of what the children learn in this first year will be experienced through play, which is closely monitored. Learning through play for young children is very active and involves learning through their senses and through direct experiences. It helps them learn about themselves, the world around them and develop the ability to relate to others.

Naturally, you will be very interested in what your child is learning and doing at school and how you can help them.  The Reception team hold a Curriculum Evening for parents at the start of the year. Click here to find the notes/presentation from this evening. 

Each half term we also send out a Curriculum Outline of the learning objectives to be covered. Click here to access information that is given to parents half termly.

You may find the following document useful in helping to understand more about how your child is learning and developing during thier first five years in relation to the EYFS: What to Expect, When?

The leaflets below also provide more information about the Foundation Stage Curriculum and ways of helping your child at home.