Early Years

Our aim in Year R is to provide a happy, caring and safe environment which stimulates children’s natural curiosity and allows them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.

Our children lead our choice of topic for each half-term.  Our current topic can be found in the latest Early Years Newsletter (click on the link below).  Past topics have included; Space, Pirates and Mermaids, Ready Steady Cook and Animals.  We follow the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and use the Letter and Sounds program in our teaching of phonics.  The EYFS has seven areas of learning: Communication and Language, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.  We make sure our children have a range of experiences covering all areas of learning by providing a well-planned, balanced, adult–led and child-initiated curriculum.

We believe that every child should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development.  These are often the most memorable learning experiences which can be remembered for a lifetime; helping them make sense and explore the world around them.  Our child-led topics are carefully planned to enhance learning across a wide variety of environments and provide a multitude of experiences and play a key in skill transference, problem solving and a lifelong love of learning.  At St Swithun’s as well as fantastic facilities indoors like our Apollo suite, music room, library and the hall we have some fantastic outdoor spaces: outdoor role play hut, playtrail, writing shed, mud kitchen, squirrel hide, sand and water areas, painting easels, climbing equipment, bikes, trikes, scooters, and a flower and vegetable garden!  To see photos and videos of our learning environment click here https://stswithunscatholicprimaryschool.co.uk/reception-2021/

Please click on the links below to read our termly Newsletters.

Please click on the link below to see our curriculum map for Spring Term 1 2021

Spring Term 1 2021

Summer Term 1 2021

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