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15/02/19

Learning celebrations today! Have a great half term everyone! https://t.co/g2vPEXnu3d

14/02/19

Thank you to our generous parents. An amazing £676.49 raised at our Christmas performance collections for Crisis

13/02/19

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This we're talking about 'Catfishing'; fake social profiles that go above and beyond to catch their victims... hook, line and sinker! 🎣#OnlineSafety HD Version here: https://t.co/bU9ASmUys8 https://t.co/SyIlv0z5tC

13/02/19

Our ‘chain of kindness’ managed to fit round all 300 of us!! https://t.co/W3euPQ84z8

13/02/19

Hands on learning in the woods to end Year 3’s Tribal Tales topic. Willow weaving, planting, tool and den making - what fun! https://t.co/KcD42q0QCm

11/02/19

Looks like Year 4 had a rich learning experience at Fishbourne Palace today, exploring life in Roman times. Lots of fun too! https://t.co/7O2ctFGo1j

11/02/19

KS2 Class Teacher: September start - Harris Careers https://t.co/GNKvB5yMIp

08/02/19

More circus skills from today! https://t.co/gabZuMTerH

08/02/19

Heart-warming! Year 1 and Year 4 pupils sharing their experiences of mental health week. https://t.co/kZIvxeU05a

08/02/19

Exquisite Perspex screen made by our HPAD artists and artist Tim Davies installed this morning. Really brightens up the stairwell! https://t.co/0rDSYTPoju

08/02/19

A great finale to Chinese New Year week learning circus skills with ⁦⁩. Such focus and concentration! The best thing I’ve ever done was the comment from one Y4 pupil. Thanks to Swire for funding ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/huNmEJ2Btm

08/02/19

If you're worried about your child's mental health: Let your child know that you're concerned. Use activities you do together to talk about how they are doing. Let them know it is normal to struggle sometimes. Listen and empathise. If you're still worried talk to staff or your GP

07/02/19

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Lots of keen parents for our Mandarin workshop this week! https://t.co/uecWIPzgt7

07/02/19

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Well done to our girls (and their fantastic teachers!) for helping us come top for academic attainment in our group of 55 schools with similar intake across England and Wales. We're proud of you! Full story https://t.co/ft7Vp8mrbh https://t.co/cUmzPHnru7

07/02/19

Retweetd From National Online Safety

Do you know the difference between BBFC and PEGI ratings? This we're guiding parents through the complex world of age ratings for films, TV, music videos and games. 🎥📱HD version here: https://t.co/jxyZ5sEGO5 https://t.co/wUMklFr6CU

07/02/19

Tips to support anxiety in children. 1)Think about your own wellbeing 2) Help your child understand what anxiety can feel like 3) Practice anxiety reduction techniques together 4) Help your child face fears gradually 5) Challenge negative thinking.

06/02/19

Well done to the 6 pupils from Year 3 & 4, who entered the Boccia tournament on Monday organised by . They came a fantastic 2nd place in the tournament, even though they were competing against some older students.

06/02/19

We all experience stress & need it to function but when stress interferes with our lives, it becomes a problem. Too much stress, for too long, can make us ill. 6/10 chn experience levels of stress that interfere with their daily lives. If you are stressed, speak to someone

06/02/19

Thank you to HPAD parents (and psychologists), Susannah and Caroline for talking to the children this morning in assembly about feelings and strategies for managing them. https://t.co/qfJdvv4Vx7

06/02/19

The Mandarin workshop for parents was a hive of activity this morning! https://t.co/YKlUMQObhv

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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

 

Let's Celebrate

 

Traditional tales

 

Dinosaur Stomp

Space and Beyond

 

People who help us

Glorious growth

 

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 the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. 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 each week 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 week in their writing book.

We use a pre-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.