Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Pupils begin their educational journey at Alleyn’s Junior School in our vibrant, nurturing and stimulating Reception classroom.

Over the course of their first year at school children are encouraged to be independent. They are provided with interactive and fun opportunities which foster key skills such as creativity, curiosity and critical thinking.

The classroom itself provides a safe and calm learning environment full of colourful displays, an ever-changing role play area and plenty of games, toys, and equipment.
At the beginning of the school year our children largely learn through play, engaging in meaningful and enjoyable activities and as each child progresses, their learning becomes more structured.

Every child is celebrated as an individual and supported or challenged in ways which are appropriate for them.

Curriculum

Our Reception children enjoy a full and balanced child-led curriculum that places their interests at the heart of their learning. Activities are always meaningful, purposeful, and enjoyable and range from being indoors, outdoors, small group or whole class.

Children have a rich and wide range of lessons including English, maths, Phonics, Art, Topic and RE which are all taught to them by their Form Tutor and supported by their teaching assistant. Children see specialist teachers for Computing, French, Music, PE and PSHE. Our Reception class benefit from having at least two trained Early Years practitioners in the classroom with them at all times.

At Alleyn’s Junior School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, helping to create a seamless transition from their previous nursery or pre-school setting. The EYFS Curriculum is made up of the Prime (Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and Specific (Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design) areas of learning. Activities and tasks are planned and assessed using the EYFS framework.

Staff at Alleyn’s Junior School have recently created and implemented a bespoke scheme of work for Phonics which introduces our children to phonics sounds in a fun, structured and pacey way.

We make use of a wonderful on-site Forest School weekly which has many benefits. Our children learn to be respectful of the outdoors and the environment; they are encouraged to take risks; they are taught to start a campfire and to use tools safely; and their physical development improves as they negotiate space, move freely and in different ways.