At St Vincent’s we recognise that children learn and develop in different ways and have their own learning styles. In Reception there are 7 areas of learning and development that must shape educational provision. We value all areas of learning and development equally and understand that they are interconnected.

The 3 prime areas are:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

These prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Children are also supported in 4 specific areas, through which the 3 prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world;
  • Expressive arts and design.

All our children have access to a stimulating and challenging environment that has a strong emphasis on learning through play and first hand experiences. Our planning is based on the principle that children learn most effectively when they are interested and motivated by the activities they engage with. Therefore, children’s individual interests are used as a basis for our planning. A balance of planned adult-led activities and child- initiated activities ensures developmentally appropriate differentiation and challenge.

Learning in the Forest

All children in Reception attend our ‘Forest School’ on a weekly basis during their time in the EYFS. We believe that learning in the forest offers pupils a unique educational experience and opportunities they cannot typically get in the classroom. Children gain a range of skills, both personal and social, during their time in the forest which helps support and encourage their development in the prime and specific areas of learning outlined in the EYFS Framework.

Each session consists of planned tasks, games and activities; ‘choosing time’ where pupils are allowed to explore and play using their own imagination and always ends with a reflection of their session and refreshments in the fire circle.

EYFS Statutory Framework

Click link above to download a copy of the Department of Education's Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.