Broadwater Down Primary School

Growing to Learn, Learning to Grow

Early Years

In our reception class, we encourage children to take an active part in their learning by providing a play-based curriculum which builds on the children’s experiences and interests. Through developmentally appropriate play, including both adult and child initiated activities, we offer a curriculum that will enable children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to progress towards their early learning goals and to be ready for the next stage of life and learning.

Our reception classroom provides a safe and secure, yet challenging space. We provide resources that are appropriate, well maintained and accessible for all children. Opportunities are planned to support children’s creative, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development as well as their sensory and dramatic play.

Children in our reception class have access to their own, well-resourced, outdoor space on a daily basis, regardless of all but the worst weather. Outside, our reception children have the freedom to explore and develop their physical boundaries, to take risks and to discover the real world with all their senses. Tyres, logs and crates stimulate imagination; flower pots and growing areas give contact with the natural world and ride on vehicles help to support the development of balance and strength. Children have access to large building blocks, sand, water, and outdoor role-play opportunities.

The safety and welfare of every child at Broadwater Down Primary School is extremely important to us. Our reception class teacher and teaching assistants work closely with parents and provide a high level of pastoral care for all children. Staff working in reception are qualified in paediatric first aid to ensure that high standards of care are readily available.


Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

‘In the Early Years Foundation stage, children learn in an attractive and stimulating environment. Good use is made of the outdoor environment to enhance learning’. Ofsted 2013

‘Teachers and support staff in the reception class are quick to seize opportunities to develop children’s communication and personal skills’. Ofsted 2013