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23/07/21

It was a beautiful and emotional ceremony! Our first year 6 cohort, congratulations to them all #2021 https://t.co/xq5CMNv9x9

22/07/21

Thank you parents for the lovely disco! The year 6s loved it https://t.co/edOIJkhETt

21/07/21

Year 6 leaving disco HPAD 2021. Thank you to our wonderful parents for organising this https://t.co/bx9HccYiV2

20/07/21

Aren't they brilliant! Fantastic performance year 6 https://t.co/B9WUQgI3m0

20/07/21

What an incredible performance from our year 6! Dream on, adaptation to Midsummer's Night Dream by Shakespeare! Watch the space West End shows, you have competition! https://t.co/RfuneeWcHZ

14/07/21

Year 3 and 4 Sports Day! We are loving the positive energy! https://t.co/PBPpRjnvSv

12/07/21

It certainly wasn't only the children who enjoyed Sports Day today! The adults had fun too. It was good to see Mrs Johnson in trainers on the racing track! . https://t.co/uQfuxzOnVk

12/07/21

A brilliant start to the week, Reception, year 1 and 2 Sports Day! All children showing our key of community spirit in their colour houses. https://t.co/xTirpaP7Hl

10/07/21

We can't tell you how proud we were of all the children yesterday during meet the teacher session. We had teacher tears not children. Well done children for reassuring your teachers it is all fine to have new classes. You were incredibly resilient https://t.co/jami1NiS9y

29/06/21

A massive congratulations to our year 5 children who represented us at the Count on Us Primary Challenge Final 2021 at Westminster. We are very proud of you achieving 6th position in the final 30 schools across the country! . https://t.co/zMToUt71Cy

19/06/21

Teachers deserve this expecially this year. Please join in let's celebrate our teachers. At HPAD, our teachers are wonderful! Thank you for alwalys going above and beyond for our children. https://t.co/iqJUNXRdv0

18/06/21

The rain couldn't stop us raising CF awareness! Thank you parents for joining in and for all the donations. We have loved our 65 hopping https://t.co/ozD7Ma3wCh

15/06/21

Ready for another day of bouncing and of collecting money and raising awareness for https://t.co/U7bUUalAIf

14/06/21

Reception children celebrating CF awareness week on space hoppers https://t.co/uOIRaGJEwP

11/06/21

Fantastic work by Eco Champions, all our vegetables are planted for this season. https://t.co/0nDtsJxBPS

11/06/21

We are getting ready for CF week! Thank you Ms Farrer for all your help. Let's do it again, 69 roses https://t.co/GzkQzBBoSQ

11/06/21

Thank you PCRs for your visit today and for the amazing job you do for us. . https://t.co/g0er3o0Dwk

10/06/21

A fabulous day for year 2 enjoying the orchestra concert at Cecil Sharp House.The lovely picnic in the park was so need in this gorgeous weather.#cecilsharphouse https://t.co/1SUvH5mcy5

18/05/21

Every second of our school day is a learning opportunity! Loving our sounds out on the playground https://t.co/wAdQLMPsqL

15/05/21

What a way to end the week! Thank you Dill Class for sharing this brilliant performance with Mrs Johnson! https://t.co/IvOY38sW3C https://t.co/2eg6KQemDz

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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 themes.

 

 

Autumn 1

 

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

 

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

 

Summer 2

Roll Up Roll Up

Let's Celebrate

Traditional tales

Dinosaurs

Space and Beyond

Rainforest

 

Literacy

At Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich, we believe that learning to read, write and communicate effectively underpins all learning.  Reading is taught through our phonics programme 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 the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme. More information about how we teach phonics and the RWI programme, can be found here https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

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 mathematical concepts.

We use a focused programme of work which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This work feeds directly into the mathematical learning the children will continue in KS1.