“Children in the EYFS demonstrate a love for learning through their inquisitive natures and high levels of engagement in activities…. Children’s creativity is evident through their imaginative discussions and role play, and the use of varied media in artwork…. Resources are of high quality and provide exciting learning opportunities both indoors and out … and children make excellent use of up-to-date equipment such as tablets and digital cameras with confidence.”
ISI Inspection Report 2016
Learning and teaching in Reception is planned around half-termly topics and the children take part in a range of activities which are balanced between adult-led and child-initiated opportunities. Activities are carefully structured to challenge children, encouraging them to develop confidence and the skills needed to solve problems. We make the most of our beautiful rural setting and many activities are planned as part of outdoor learning, offering the children an exciting environment in which to explore and investigate. It is also very important that children have the time and appropriate opportunities for free play. This enables them to pursue and develop their own interests and to consolidate their learning.
As children progress, they work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals, which cover seven areas of learning and provide a solid foundation for later achievement. The areas of learning are divided into Prime and Specific areas. All learning opportunities cover many areas of learning and each area should not be seen in isolation. The seven areas of learning are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development.
The Prime areas of learning in Reception are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These areas are fundamental, work together and support development in all other areas. The Specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design and include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in society.
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of the learning and developmental process and assessment begins as soon as children enter the school. Children join us with differing levels of maturity, confidence and experience and it is important that this is taken into account. Assessments are used to inform planning and to enable staff to work alongside each child’s needs.
To fully appreciate how your child could benefit from a Lichfield Cathedral School education, we would be delighted to show you around at a time convenient for you. Simply contact the Admissions Team on 01543 306168 to book an appointment.