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21/07/19

The first of three amazing end of year performances at the ⁦⁩. This is Reception & Year 1. https://t.co/EJ21G0tgxN

03/07/19

Just heard that we have achieved the silver Eco Schools award! Well done to our Eco Champions for their work on this. https://t.co/5PRdQTeIGc

03/07/19

A thank you received this week from the NSPCC for the amazing £1,131.65 raised from the sponsored obstacle course. https://t.co/ovMdCSzebA

03/07/19

Pupil Parliament discussing our curriculum with Mrs Johnson today as part of our curriculum review. https://t.co/T78tti9Olv

03/07/19

Week 3 of our journey through traditional playground games. This week: tiddlywinks https://t.co/3t3h7Nigyz

03/07/19

This time of the year is great for reflecting on the progress the children have made. Here an example from a Reception child https://t.co/rQOjaJkSLS

03/07/19

Sometimes we don't need to look far for our inspiration. Here is our very own Eva winning Gold as part of the Southwark BMX team at the London Youth Games last weekend. Even more amazing, she was only a week out of plaster, having broken a bone coming off her bike. https://t.co/DvtqAkEJn0

26/06/19

Week 2 of our traditional games - French skipping! https://t.co/EGcXRT95jZ

22/06/19

Thank you to the boys from and girls from for helping out at our Summer Fair today https://t.co/lMAKsgdWNG

22/06/19

Harris Primary East Dulwich Summer Fair well underway. Come along from 12-3pm today, Sat 22nd at 173 Lordship Lane https://t.co/s5O1clwqWk

20/06/19

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20/06/19

Come along to our Summer Fair this Saturday, 22nd June from 12pm to 3pm. Look forward to seeing you there! https://t.co/8c7rsgEye8

20/06/19

Delighted to hear today that we have achieved the bronze Eco Schools award and are well on the way to silver. Great work from our Eco Champions - well done!

19/06/19

We are introducing some traditional games to playtime this term. This week it’s Cat’s Cradle. https://t.co/7zBeSfoHuA

13/06/19

'Loneliness' by Monty. Chosen from over 6200 entries to be exhibited at the Royal Academy's Young Artists' Summer Show. Congratulations Monty. https://t.co/7Yn0XEMlDa

13/06/19

More climbing activity this morning https://t.co/92psUGogZc

13/06/19

Obstacle course race https://t.co/USpSLbmQ6T

13/06/19

More from the nightline https://t.co/2VPD3Qi3zF

13/06/19

Conquering the nightline! Blindfolded obstacle course https://t.co/mGGIViclcJ

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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.