Learning
Respect is at the heart of our school.

Reception

Holly

  • Miss Self

Elm

  • Mrs White (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Miss Howard (Thursday-Friday)

Reception Teaching Assistants

  • Mrs Harris
  • Ms Day

Intent, Implementation, Impact

Intent

At Pembury Primary School our aim is to provide an environment that enables children to follow their imagination, interests and connect with their learning. We intend to acknowledge the uniqueness of children – their desires, curiosities, and their competence as learners. We aim to build positive relationships and provide appropriate support to nurture and challenge children’s development and learning.

We aim to work collaboratively with parents and carers to encourage independent, enthusiastic learners who thrive and reach their full potential. It is our intent that children who enter our EYFS begin their lifelong journey by developing physically, verbally, cognitively, and emotionally whilst also embedding a positive attitude to school and a love of learning.

ensure children at Pembury Primary School reach their full potential from their various starting points and flourish within and beyond our EYFS; we aim to provide a fluid curriculum that is broad, balanced and challenging – taking into consideration every child’s personal interests and individual needs. Our fluid curriculum aims to provide the children with a multitude of opportunities and experiences to prepare them for their future.

Implementation

At Pembury Primary School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. This is made up of four overriding principles which our early years curriculum is based upon:

Unique Child – Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.

Enabling Environments – Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.

Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early year’s provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our curriculum is a combination of play-based, experiential learning and focused teaching of basic skills and knowledge to ensure children are prepared for their transition into Year 1 and have a solid foundation for their educational journey. We provide ample opportunities within our indoor and outdoor provision to ensure children engage in planned and focussed activities as well as self-initiated and free flow provision.

All children will receive the teaching of early reading through systematic, synthetic phonics (Read, Write, Inc) to enable them to learn sounds, read words and simple sentences accurately by the end of Reception.

The learning experiences within our Early Years are linked to the seven areas of learning and development within the EYFS. These areas are split into three prime areas and four specific areas. The three prime areas are those which the children should develop first and are considered most essential for the healthy development and future learning of our children. These include:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Communication and Language – involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical Development – involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

As children grow and make progress in the prime areas, this will help them to naturally develop skills within the four specific areas. These are:

Literacy – the early teaching of literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children are given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics – the early teaching of mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and describing shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the World – this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive Arts and Design – this involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Children in EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. Our outdoor area is used all year round and in most weather conditions. We ensure activities support the Characteristics of Effective Learning to ensure learning takes place.

These are:

  • Playing and Exploring – children investigate and experience things, and have a go;
  • Active Learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements;
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas and develop strategies for doing things.

At Pembury Primary School we ensure a smooth transition into our Reception Year. We work closely with local nurseries and provide ample opportunities for children and families to explore our environment prior to their induction. Throughout the Reception Year, we build on relationships with families by ensuring there is open communication between home and school. We also provide regular opportunities for children to celebrate their successes and share their learning and environment with their parents and carers.

To ensure children are prepared for their journey into Year One, we use a clear and structured plan that spans across the whole Reception year. This starts with regular meetings with the Senior Leadership Team to ensure adequate support for individuals and their families is in place where necessary. In the Summer term, we work closely with Year One teachers to ensure the children experience a smooth transition where communication and collaboration supports a solid foundation of learning of which to build upon.

Impact

Our children will grow to be confident, creative and competent lifelong learners who are curious about the world around them.

Our children will grow to be:

  • Competent and creative – curious about the world around them.
  • Secure and confident – enjoy coming to school and learning new skills and knowledge building on their existing learning.
  • Skilful communicators – connect with others through language and play, ensuring that they play in a vocab rich environment.

We strive for all children to make good progress within the EYFS and for children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception.

As a team, we carry out regular internal moderation sessions and attend external meetings and training to ensure that we feel confident with our judgements and that these judgements are consistent with a range of other settings. Assessment starts with careful observations which are then used to inform planning. Learning and teaching is most effective when children feel a sense of belonging, curiosity and competence showing resilience and tenacity.

By monitoring assessment procedures regularly, we can effectively demonstrate what learning is taking place and how each child is progression in all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum. Progress towards the Early Learning Goals will ensure a positive disposition to learn.

We endeavour for pupils to be Key Stage 1 ready and have our school values embedded by the time they leave reception, preparing them for their future.

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Pembury Primary School
Lower Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4EB
Phone: 01892 822 259 Email: office@pembury.kent.sch.uk