Ashlands Primary School

"Where every child has the chance to shine"

Early Years Curriculum

We follow the Early Years Curriculum in the Foundation Stage, which is organised into the following prime areas of learning:

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

And into specific areas of learning which are:

  • Literacy, click here to view a presentation on how phonics is taught in Reception
  • Mathematics, click here to view a presentation on how maths is taught in Reception
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive art and design

All of the above are underpinned by the characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and explaining
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

From an early stage in the school year we assess each child’s stage of development to help us plan their needs.

Children’s early years at school are very important and it is essential that each child feels secure, happy and purposeful in learning and in relationships with other children and adults.

During the Reception year we endeavour to make sure that parents know what is going on in class through termly curriculum letters and ‘Share and Celebrate’ sessions. When children have been in school for a few weeks a letter goes home explaining the breakdown of the school day. Parents can support at home with reading, early numbers and homework tasks.

We have high expectations of individual achievement, which is monitored and tracked through observations and informal assessment to ensure that each child achieves their full potential.