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22/10/18

Retweetd From Lauren Juliff

Our funding applications are done for this year. Fingers crossed we receive council support for our school Air Purification Project 🤞🤞#cleanergreenersafer

18/10/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

Thanks and for encouraging our brilliant young poets to experiment with Chinese characters https://t.co/I6MhOfNhXt

17/10/18

We continued with our Makaton learning today. Here we are practising the word for house. We learnt mum, dad, house, home and pink today. Follow our progress at home via: https://t.co/cFlnuEpePR https://t.co/8q6uxvtajh

17/10/18

Thank you for your generous Harvest donations which will be delivered to the Peckham Foodbank tomorrow. Mint class were the overall winners of the most bountiful box competition ⁦https://t.co/NtrFYPe4g6

13/10/18

Ms Conduit is running the Royal Parks half marathon in aid of St Mungo’s on Sunday - a charity which supports people out of homelessness. For those of you who watched Ms Conduit run the inaugural HPAD Fun Run will know how much of a challenge this is https://t.co/4Tv0ICCgFx

13/10/18

The joint winning teams at the 3rd annual FoHPED quiz. No hard feelings from the staff team who came in the upper half of the 15 teams (just!). Lovely evening, packed to the rafters as usual and brilliantly compered for the first time this year by HPAD mum, Jane. https://t.co/jmvBxAvccd

10/10/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

Lovely cartoons showing understanding of radicals from Y3 https://t.co/3nBgFztMOU

08/10/18

Our Year 4 pupils performing their fabulous 'Chinglish' poems at the Changing China Festival at the Southbank Centre on Friday. https://t.co/L8u4iU2sW2

08/10/18

Some of our Year 3 pupils performing with pupils from other Harris Academies with the ‘Harris in Harmony’ choir to over 4000 delegates at the Harris Staff Conference. This particular piece was beautiful https://t.co/FM5naWd1o5

03/10/18

If you go down to the woods today.... Forest Time is in full swing in Reception. https://t.co/2QxH9dBktH

26/09/18

Thank you for all your support! https://t.co/s5ciXL7FRQ

26/09/18

So proud of our East Dulwich community https://t.co/85wrqGjPlT

22/09/18

They made it!!!! Soggy, freezing, exhausted but still smiling! The news that they have raised an astonishing £6,832 made their smiles even broader. What an amazing achievement! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/QtQKSvIi7h

22/09/18

A motivating surprise for our riders this morning - a signed letter of encouragement from Sir Chris Hoy and news of two signed jerseys - one will be framed and hung in the school, the other will be a prize in our next raffle! https://t.co/hUWXRUAD2f

22/09/18

More riders conquer the Green Monster! Once the whole group are reunited at the top, they ride together for the last 13km down to Brighton Pier. Last call for any sponsorship before we announce the grand total to our exhausted riders in about 45 mins at the finish! https://t.co/ExYiYZkY4l

22/09/18

The front runners have reached Ditchling Beacon but will have a while to wait for the rest of the group. The Ditchling cheerleaders just saw some pretty pained looks as they can through - what troopers!! They’ve been going since 7.30am! https://t.co/BWGIdlHywf

22/09/18

Pit stop 3, 65km in. “Rain and pain” was the accompanying message🌧 😖 Please sponsor our valiant riders if you haven’t already https://t.co/d7LTsOpEqC

22/09/18

Here’s group 2 at the second pitstop - 40k down, another 50k ish to go! Spirits still high, we’re told. Go team! https://t.co/oJ8SLeO9Rc

19/09/18

Retweetd From David John Wyatt

good luck too all the parents doing the London to Brighton bike ride on Saturday for a good cause hope the wind dies down

19/09/18

Retweetd From Cara Bleiman

I love shān they have crept into my 心. I love how the 水 falls down the 水 falls. I love the 木 on the 山 In a thousand 日and 月it will all change. There will be no more 木 or any 水 falls because of the hand of the destroyers. Now I now I am there. Wilf, Y4

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Early Years Curriculum

The Curriculum

In Reception, we follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage issued by the Department for Education (DfE).

The curriculum consists of seven areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

There are then 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) which are part of these areas of learning. If a child achieves these goals by the end of the Reception year then they are said to be working at the expected level.

To support children with working towards these ELGs we use a document called Development Matters. This breaks down each goal into different age bands and is used by staff throughout the year to assess how close children are to reaching the goals.

All of these documents, and many other useful resources, are available from this website: www.foundationyears.org.uk

In the classroom

Early Years learning and development is provided through purposeful play and through adult led structures and routines that build confidence and provide intellectual stimulus and challenge.

Throughout the day, children have direct teaching sessions for maths, literacy and phonics, either as the whole class or in small groups. The rest of the time they take part in activities inside and outside the classroom.

Some of the activities are prepared by the teacher and will focus on specific objectives. The children are also able to choose activities from any of the other resources available.

Teaching staff engage with the children during these activities and help to support their learning and development. Children’s learning is assessed by observing what they say and do during these times. This is recorded and shared with parents.

 

During the course of the year, our learning in Reception will be linked to the following topic themes.

 

 

 

Autumn 1

 

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

 

Summer 2

 

Fantastic Foods

 

 

Celebrations

 

Traditional tales

 

Dinosaurs

Space

 

People who help us

 

Growing

 

Literacy

At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through traditional phonics and children are encouraged to read for pleasure and take books home. 

Phonics

Phonics is the method used in most primary schools to teach children to read. It teaches children the 44 sounds used in the English language and then the letter or letters which make those sounds. Children are taught to apply this knowledge for both reading and spelling words. In Reception, children have daily teaching sessions for phonics and this continues into Key Stage 1. At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we teach phoincs using our own phonics programme that we have developed using our expertise in the area. For help on how to correctly pronounce phonemes. please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-eTO8L3t40

Reading

As well as taking part in daily phonics sessions, children are given opportunities to read every day either with an adult or independently. Children also have stories read to them frequently in class and books are often the basis for an entire unit of work.

Reading books are sent home with the children at a level which matches their phonic understanding so they can continue practising at home. They are also allowed to take home other books to read with an adult as this helps develop a love of reading as well as improving their understanding and comprehension. Research has shown the significant positive impact that reading at home can have on children’s ability and understanding so we encourage families to read with their children on a daily basis.

Writing

Children are taught grammar, punctuation, spelling, handwriting and writing for purpose. Some of this is delivered as part of the daily phonics sessions and also as part of the focused and independent learning activities. Children are asked to complete an adult-directed piece of writing at least once per fortnight and this is kept in thye children's Enormous Write folders.

We use a cursive handwriting script which teaches children the correct letter formations and also the different families of letter joins. In Reception, we teacher pre-cursive writing from the beginning to prepare them for cursive handwriting later in KS1.

Writing is encouraged in a range of contexts and across a range of subjects in order to engage all children.

 

Mathematical Development

The focus of the maths curriculum in Reception is on ensuring children have an excellent understanding of the basic concepts of number along with a real-world understanding of maths through shape, space and measurement. Children are taught how to write numbers but the focus is on the understanding of the concepts.

We use an innovative, focused program of work which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording.