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Lavenham Community
Primary School

Week Beginning 17.1.22

This week the children in Ducklings have been busy creating a class calendar. We have explored the 4 seasons of the year, the 12 months of the year and the 7 days of the week. We then used this knowledge to make our class calendar, thinking carefully about the colours chosen to represent each season and applied our phonics knowledge to make phonetically plausible attempts and the months of the year and days of the week. We decided to add our birthdays to the calendar so that we could create a countdown to each birthday. We are very excited for our next birthday celebration in February. We will use our calendar every day! 

Ducklings - Reception Class

Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in our Early Years Phase (Reception) follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS).  Lavenham Community Primary School are early adopters of the EYFS reforms (July 2020).

The EYFS Curriculum has seven main areas of learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical development
  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design

A practical, playful approach to learning, based on the needs and interests of our children, is delivered mainly through topic based planning. We teach children individually, in small groups, in class bases and in whole cohorts. Through a combination of teacher input and continuous provision opportunities, learning is planned to encourage children to develop their learning independently through exploration and challenge.

The “Characteristics of Effective Learning” are at the heart of the Early Years Curriculum and explore the different ways in which children learn. They highlight the importance of playing and learning, active learning and thinking critically.

All the learning experiences we plan for the children allow them to utilise and develop these skills. Our learning environments, both inside and outside, are stimulating and exciting, and relevant to the needs and age/stage of our children. Natural backing and resources promote a calm atmosphere conducive to learning, whilst easily accessible resources develop children’s ability to access the curriculum independently.

Parent Information

Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage                    Guidance material which supports practitioners in implementing the EYFS