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Early Years Foundation Stage - Oak Class

Oak Class is our Early Years Foundation Stage Reception Class.

Children in Oak Class are aged 4-5 years old. 

Teachers; Mrs Josephine Shepherd and Mrs Jayne Teager

Supported by; Miss Eleanor Clarke

How Children Learn in Oak Class

Through play and purposeful activities, our Early Years curriculum is designed to encourage learning which builds on and extends your child’s existing knowledge, experiences and interests in a caring and stimulating environment. Children learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. We ensure each child is reaching their full potential by observing and extending their play and encouraging them to do their best at every opportunity.

In Reception your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development, as set out by the EYFS Framework.

The three prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Physical Development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning and will help them to develop skills in the four specific areas which are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We have a focus on phonics throughout the school using the newly revised 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' and our maths is taught using the 'Maths Mastery' approach. Parent guides to both phonics and maths in Reception can be found at the botom of this page. 

Other regular learning includes weekly teaching of RE, PE and music with our music specialist Mrs Newton.  The children also have the experience of cooking activities and using the whole school grounds for physical activities.

The Learning Journey

Each child in the EYFS has a ‘Learning Journey’ file, which is a record of experiences and learning presented through photographs and observations made of your child at school. All staff working with your child will add to the file and use it to identify the next steps in your child’s learning. At Bramfield, we use an online version of the file, called ‘Tapestry’, which allows parents to access their child’s file from home, and add to it with their own comments and photographs etc. At the end of the year, parents are given their child’s learning journey as a PDF file to keep, share and treasure.

Planning in the Moment

Through careful observation 'next steps' are identifeid for each individual and these determine the areas of learning we need to focus on. Seasonal events such as harvest time or Bonfire night are regular topics we cover. However, children’s interests and fascinations need to be responded to quickly to gain the full value of their curiosity and engagement at the time and our approach to planning allows us to do just that. It is the children themselves who dictate the majority of the topics we cover in Reception.   

To facilitate this further, each week we select a ‘focus child’. Parents of the child are encouraged to upload 5 photos onto the learning journal of their child engaged in activities which they enjoy. At the beginning of the week, the children share their photos with the rest of the class and these act as a springboard for ideas of activities the children might like to try. For example,  one pupil was very interested in princesses so we decidied as a class to organise a Cinderella Ball in the school hall. This led to invitations being written, guest lists and menus, as well as the creative and physical aspects of the dancing. The learning opportunites grow easily out of these activities and the children are even more engaged in the learning because it is meaningful to them.  

Parents of the focus child are given the opportunity to raise any questions they might have about their child’s learning and development and at the end of the week, we invite these parents in to discuss their child’s learning. Together we agree on areas to focus on and how we can work together to support their child in taking their next steps of learning.       

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