In Reception, the children will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. There are seven areas of learning. Three are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. Along with these we also promote the characteristics of effective learning.
The ‘prime areas’ are:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Person, social and emotional development
At Blisworth, we believe that children learn best when they are inspired by their learning environment and engaged in planned learning opportunities. Our pupils are enthusiastic to learn through play, making friends and exploring their surroundings. We are keen to develop their minds and understanding of the world around them. We aim for every child to grow as individuals who are kind, happy and confident, always willing to have a go not being afraid to take risks. We will provide new, stimulating and challenging activities, which ensure all children progress in their learning, whatever their starting point, reaching their full potential.
The four other specific areas of learning are:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
We are continuously promoting reading and spelling skills in and around the classroom environment, allowing children to be immersed in print throughout the day. We believe children should enjoy reading and we work hard to promote a love of books whilst simultaneously focussing on the vital skills of spelling and decoding. Ongoing assessments will take place continuously throughout the year. These are by observation and are part of normal classroom activities. They will be used to establish an appropriate learning programme for your child. Each child will be given an online learning journal through our ‘Tapestry’ website. Parents are strongly advised to access this and add to it, as well as seeing what the children have been learning.
Making the most of water play
At Blisworth, we play with water. Water is one of the basic raw materials for purposeful play. Just like sand, clay, and blocks, children can use water without being constrained by the one, right way to use it. Water is intriguing. It seems to draw children to explore its structure and properties.
What can children learn from water play?
Water, whether indoors or out, can foster cognitive development, teach mathematics and science concepts, enhance physical skills, promote social learning and cooperative effort, and enrich language experiences. For example, a child playing with a variety of objects in water might come to the mistaken conclusion, or misconception, that heavy objects sink and light objects float. The child has built incomplete mental maps for the concepts, “objects that float” and “objects that sink.” Without the time and opportunity for lots of exploration, a child formulates fewer meaningful concepts. While water play promotes problem-solving and thinking skills in general, it is particularly well suited to the development of concepts in mathematics and science.
Find out more about water play here.
Mud, marvellous mud
Blisworth has it’s own mud pit and a mud kitchen. We get dirty, wet and learn so much from our marvellous mud experiences. Mixing soil, water, and other natural materials like pebbles, leaves, or grass provides children endless possibilities for learning and fun. We facilitate the memories of creating mud pies, digging for worms, or making streams and valleys in the mud- all for the benefits of mud play.
Find out more about mud here.
Playing in the sand
The beauty of sand is one of the few manipulatives that truly allows children to explore their imaginations, it’s a material found almost everywhere on earth, and children love playing in it.
At Blisworth, pupils can dig to China, find “fossils,” hunt for gems, make roadways, build mountains, create waterways, build sand castles, dig tunnels, and discover hidden treasures. If they mix sand with water, they can make shapes of almost any kind.
find out more about sand play here.