Learning and Development
Teaching in Reception
We offer a play-based approach in reception because we know that children learn best when they are happy and engaged. We also teach daily short and active phonics and maths sessions, teaching the children specific reading, writing and mathematical skills.
We understand that play can make a powerful contribution to children’s wellbeing, development and learning and so respect children’s right to play by providing long periods of uninterrupted time in which children can follow their own interests and lead their own learning. Adults provide teaching and learning ‘in the moment’ through skilful interactions based on children's unique interests, needs and experiences.
Our EYFS pedagogy is built upon listening to children and using ‘research as a habit of mind.’ (Moss, 2003). We are informed by “what we learnt yesterday and experience tomorrow.” (Dower, 2020:17)
Levels of Involvement
Children’s levels of involvement are constantly monitored informally by adults each and every day as well as formally three times a year during focus weeks. We know that children’s levels will fluctuate throughout the day and that individuals will not always be operating at a 4 or a 5, however we strive to tune in and respond to children’s levels sensitively to ensure that opportunities for learning are maximised.
Our approach to adult interactions acknowledges the broad range of teaching interactions that occur, including modelling, questioning, researching, recalling and setting challenges. It means being a partner with children, enjoying with them the power of their curiosity and the thrill of finding out what they can do with support and guidance where needed. This means the teacher can systematically check for understanding, identify and respond to misconceptions quickly and provide real-time verbal feedback which results in a strong impact on the acquisition of new learning.
You can find a copy of our EYFS Policy below with further information about the areas of learning that are taught in Reception.