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Class Structure

How are the Reception classes structured?


There are 2 classes of children working within the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS). The classes work together as one 'Early Years' unit, so the children often have 'free-flow' between the two rooms. 


The Foundation Stage curriculum is structured around 7 areas of learning.











It follows on from the document that has been used through their time in nursery. We have a fun-filled schedule that incorporates all the areas of learning and more. The children will have a variety of learning experiences, including smaller 'teacher-led' sessions, whole class sessions, 1:1 reading and independent 'child-initiated' playtime. Play underpins the entire ethos of our Reception classes and children have a wide range of high-quality open-ended resources to develop their independent learning in these times. Leo, the Learning Lion, is our Reception mascot and helps the children to remember the mantra 'Give it a go!'


Throughout their time at Aylesham Primary School, we will nurture how the children respond to both the teaching and learning taking place in their environment.  Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning prioritised by the EYFS are:


  • Playing and exploring (i.e.children investigate and experience things, and 'have a go';
  • Active learning (i.e. children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements)
  • Creating and thinking critically (i.e. children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things)