"In Lemon Tree Class, we learn things we haven’t done before. The Play Pod is brilliant" (Reception pupil)
In Reception, we believe that all the children should have opportunities to Play. Play is a vital part of a child’s learning, it comes naturally and spontaneously to most children, though some need adult support. Children's learning is a continuous journey through which children build on the skills they have already experienced and the introduction of new and exciting activities. Every child's learning takes a personal path based on their own interests, these are recorded in their own Learning Diary. Adults within the class support the learning through playing alongside the children, working on specific tasks with the children in a play based activity, as well as observing how the children play in order to plan future learning. A rich and varied environment supports children's learning and development, giving them the confidence to explore and learn in secure, safe yet challenging indoor and outdoor spaces.
Our ethos is underpinned by Development Matters – a framework for Early Years Education, which explains:
"The ways in which the child engages with other people and their environment - playing and exploring, active learning, and creating and thinking critically - underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. The prime areas continue to be fundamental throughout the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning."
(From Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012)
The areas for Learning and Development are: