KDPS Reception Curriculum:
At King David Primary School we believe that our Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial to developing firm foundations to be built upon throughout our school journey and beyond. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop emotionally, verbally, physically, creatively, intellectually and spiritually with an understanding of the Jewish Faith. We set high expectations throughout all areas of school life and beyond. We believe that all children deserve to be valued as an individual and we are passionate in supporting all children in our care.
Our Reception class follow the EYFS curriculum, which has seven main areas of learning.
The Prime Areas:-
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
The Specific Areas:-
Understanding the World
At King David we provide a safe, stimulating environment that allows children to discover, be challenged, consolidate and achieve their very best whilst developing their resilience and independence. There is a combination of adult-led, whole class, group or individual 1:1 support provided across the setting. At the heart of the EYFS Curriculum are the “Characteristics of Effective Learning”. We develop the key characteristics of “Playing and Learning”, “Active Learning” and “Thinking Critically” to enable children to reach their full potential and to become independent life long learners. Our learning environments, both inside and outside are adapted to meet the different and developing needs of our children. Our exciting and ambitious curriculum is designed to follow the EYFS Statutory Framework and offer a clear progression of learning sequences to enable children to have the very best start in school. We have planned a rich and varied curriculum to give our little learners real life experiences and opportunities to help their learning be as memorable as possible and therefore help new learning stick. We strive to provide a curriculum that is not limiting but is limitless- full of endless opportunities to learn.
At the end of Reception our children have strong foundations for their next stage of development and transition into year 1. In Reception we provide a wide variety of real life experiences and learning opportunities throughout the year to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our children gain key skills to access the next stage of the curriculum, enabling them to become successful learners in the future. We nurture our children to help them to become confident, articulate well mannered individuals who love learning. We also encourage and build on children's natural curiosity and help them to become responsible citizens making sensible choices in life to help take care of our planet.
To ensure all learners make progress over time we regularly monitor, observe and assess the children, adapting the curriculum and activities to enable all children to make progress in all seven areas. We keep evidence of this in books, photographs, observations (Evidence Me) and tracking using Insight. As a team we regularly plan, assess and moderate together to ensure a consistent approach across the setting. We are particularly proud of the way in which we work collaboratively with Parents/Carers to give our learners the best possible start to their educational journey.
Early Learning Goals:
In the final term of the year, a profile will be completed for your child. This provides parents and carers, practitioners and teachers with a well-rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for year 1. Throughout their year in reception, the children will be observed and assessed through their play in order to gain insights and make reasonable judgements against the early learning goals. We will use the terms ‘emerging’ or ‘expected’ to describe our judgements. The profile for this year has been postponed due to Covid.