The Early Years Foundation Stage
In Year R your child will continue with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This is the same curriculum they would have been following in their pre school setting. At the end of the year your child will be assessed against the ‘Early Learning Goals’ for each area within this curriculum. When assessing your child, we only use evidence gathered during child initiated activities rather than during teacher led learning, as this shows your child's knowledge and understanding.
It is divided into ‘Prime’ and ‘Specific’ areas of learning. Pupils need to be successful in the Prime areas to be ready to learn and able to achieve in the Specific areas.
These are the Prime areas of learning, and the expectation for the end of the year.
We teach phonics daily. It's active, quick paced and relentless! We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' program. Sounds are taught in an order that allows for words to be made almost immediately, rather than alphabetically. As your child learns at school, letters and sounds will be sent home. We use Jolly Phonics actions to help us learn.
How your child will be taught
We teach in a variety of ways.
Your child will learn with the whole class (normally on the carpet), in a small group and individually, depending on the lesson and the activity.
During our Rainbow Time (child initiated time) the adults in the classroom will observe, add other resources to the play, question and have discussions with your child so that we have a clear picture of their level of understanding to enable us to forward their learning. Our assessments are made during this time, as it is during play that children really demonstrate their understanding.
Some pre schools have said parents have asked about how we teach handwriting. We teach print rather than cursive. We also do not teach leads in or out in Year R. Below is an example. We also make sure children know what the capital of each letter looks like, but we make them aware that they only use capitals at the beginning of a sentence or as the first letter in a name (including places).