Bakewell C of E Infant School
Where Every Child Can Shine
School Contact Details:
Bakewell C of E Infant School  
Bath Street 
DE45 1BX
Tel: 01629 812322

Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years curriculum followed in Reception is different to that of Key Stage 1 and 2. It is based on the seven areas of learning and the three learning characteristics. All children begin Reception at different starting points and develop at different rates. By considering your child's needs, interests and stages of development, we aim to offer challenging and enjoyable experiences across the EYFS curriculum.

The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development - three prime areas and four specific areas.

Prime Areas

These are areas of learning most essential for children's readiness for future learning and healthy development.

1.Communication and Language - Developing the confidence and skills to express themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
2.Physical Development - Developing co-ordination, control and movement, understanding the importance of physical activity and making healthy food choices.
3.Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Developing a positive sense of themselves, forming positive relationships, developing respect for others, developing social skills, learning how to manage feelings, understanding appropriate behaviour in groups and having confidence in their own abilities.
The Characteristics of Learning

The characteristics of effective learning describe factors which are important to a child's learning and in becoming an effective learner. The characteristics of learning run through the EYFS curriculum. Information describing each child's characteristics of effective learning will provide Year 1 teachers with vital information when considering the child's next stage of development and future learning needs.

The Characteristics of Learning are based on three areas
 Playing and exploring:

•Finding out and exploring.
•Using what they know in their play.
•Being willing to have a go.

 Creating and thinking critically:

•Having their own ideas.
•Using what they already know to learn new things.
•Choosing ways to do things and finding new ways.

Your child will access all of the learning areas through planned purposeful play that has a balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Each area has its own set of Early Learning Goals which cover the knowledge, skills and understanding that most children are expected to have achieved by the end of Reception.​

Children enjoy a wonderful, purpose-built outdoor area where they can free-flow in and out all day. We have a super covered area with a canopy, containing big bricks, role play hut, quiet reading area, and activities to be creative and imaginative. They can further explore the wider area once the green gate is opened so that they can go into a secure outdoor environment. Here they can play in the sand pit, water tank, ride around the bike track, zoom through the willow arch, sit in a quiet reading area and explore the plants, trees and herbs in our raised bed. 

 Active learning:

•Being involved and concentrating.
•Keeping on trying.
•Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.  

Reading in the Early Years

We want to establish a love of reading with all our children. we base a great deal of our learning on books and other texts throughout the year. Much of our topic work will be based upon stories, poems, rhymes as well as non-fiction books. 

The children will be bringing home individual books to share with parents at home. This book will be based upon the child's ability. We start with wordless books to promote story language through talking about the pictures in the books. Once children are ready to move onto books with words, they will then be given books with one or two words in them and then moving onto short sentences.

At our school we have a wide range of reading schemes to ensure we can enthuse and engage children straight away. We have Oxford Reading Tree - stories, phonics and non-fiction. These are supplemented with Rigby Star and National Geographic. 

During the year in reception, we will move the children onto guided reading books once they are ready. This is where children read the same book as their group, sharing the story and talking about it and learning together. 

We aim to read with each child twice per week. 

 In addition, there are many opportunities where children are reading in the classroom - sharing writing on the whiteboards, reading sentences together, sharing stories and so on.

We use Jolly Phonics as a base for teaching children the letter sounds and names, letter formation, spelling and grammar. Children have a phonic session every day. 
Specific Areas

1.Literacy - Linking sounds to letters, beginning to read and write and developing an interest in a wide range of reading materials.

2.Mathematics - Developing counting skills, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and describing shapes, spaces and measures.

3.Understanding the World - Making sense of their physical world and community by exploring, observing and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment.

4.Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring a wide range of media and materials, sharing their thoughts, feelings and ideas through art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design technology.

Welcome to the Hedgehogs' class photo to follow!
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