When children first start school they enter the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is the statutory framework for children from birth to five years. At Leesland we often refer to this as Year R as it is also the 'Reception Year'.
In Year R children continue to learn through play, with a balance of activities freely chosen by the child as well as focussed learning opportunities led by an adult.
In addition to individual classrooms, we have an extensive outdoor learning area, our garden, where pupils from each of the 3 Year R classes can learn and play together. This helps build children’s confidence and independence.
We use our curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following EYFS areas:
Playing and exploring – engagement
Active learning – motivation
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the world
Expressive Arts and Design