Areas of Learning
The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Communication & Language
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
At Kippax Greenfield Primary School, these areas are delivered through our inquiry curriculum. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of direct teaching, adult led and child initiated activities.
Class Reception have their own outdoor area used all year round, in all weathers. Being outdoors encourages learning in different ways. It offers the children more opportunities to be creative and explore on a larger scale as well as to be physically active linking the indoors and outdoors together.
“Problem solving is at the heart of the Mastery approach.” (2012-13, The Mastery Mathematics programme p.1).
In the Early Years we ensure each child is provided with enough time to master a concept and develop their fluency and reasoning skills. Children are provided with a variety of mathematical concepts both in targeted and independent play.
They are encouraged to answer questions in order to deepen their mathematical understanding. Each school year begins by developing the concepts and skills needed, that have the most connections and opportunities for consolidation throughout the year. Once a new concept has been introduced it is applied and connected to many other areas of mathematics and within each area of learning.
Literacy and Language
In the initial year at Kippax Greenfield Primary School, we believe our most important priority is to ensure children develop excellent speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, laying the foundations for future learning.
Literacy is taught with a weekly book focus and daily phonic/handwriting sessions. In September, we focus on listening, attention, understanding and speaking skills in order for children to establish good relationships each other and build clear classroom routines for learning. As the year progresses, these oracy skills will also aid children's reading and writing.
Daily whole class teaching of phonics follows the Letters and Sounds phonic programme, supported by Phonics Bug and Jolly Phonics reading schemes for children to embed their phonic skills when reading at home. As the year progresses we also introduce children to a targeted activity with an adult as well as accessing Literacy provision in each area throughout the year. Whole Class Reading and Book Talk are introduced in the second half term. These strategies complement phonics with reading other skills such as reading non-phonetic words, word meaning and using the context of the sentence and illustrations to decode words.
We follow the Jane Consodine ‘The Write Way’ approach to teach writing. This begins with individual words and using phonics strategies to spell and builds to simple sentences. As the children develop their physical and Literacy skills they will use ‘Fantastics’ to scaffold their writing.