Children begin the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum from birth. The Reception Year at school is the final year of this stage. Both the nursery and reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which is made up of 6 areas of learning:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication, Language and Literacy
Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
We also teach the children RE from the school’s curriculum from the Diocese.
A typical session for a nursery child would include:
8.50 am Registration
Phonics or Literacy
9.00 am Learning through play
10.00 am Snack – fruit, milk or water
10.15 am Learning through play
11.20 am Tidy time
11.30 am Story / Singing / Maths or topic
11.45 am Home time
At St Edmund’s RC Primary School and FSU, we recognise the importance of play in the Early Years curriculum. Young children learn by interacting with their environment – people, materials, information. They want to discover how and why things happen. They learn through ‘doing’. PLAY is an essential part of this learning experience.Children need to explore and play outdoors. They should have easy unlimited access to a secure outdoor area. All areas of the curriculum can be covered outdoors! Do take a look at the Class Topic Plans Web page for details of the topic based curriculum we cover each term.
Our classroom has outdoor access and we are working hard to develop this space for the benefit of your children. We would like your help in enabling the children to use the outdoor environment at all times, by ensuring that they have appropriate clothing. Please can your child have a spare set of clothes and shoes in a named bag on their peg just in case they get mucky doing an activity or there are any little accidents! Children will also have unlimited access to the outside and so will also need wellies, a coat and a hat throughout the year. If the weather is hot, please apply sun cream to your child before their session. All items of school wear should be named.
Your child will be continuing their learning journey at primary school. Be it St Edmund’s RC Primary School, or elsewhere, the journey will be exciting, enjoyable and at times, challenging. This journey will be strengthened and supported by the partnership between your child, you and the school.
If you have any questions about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to ask us.
Mrs Semple, Nursery Teacher Miss Stokes & Mrs Moloney, Early Years Assistants.