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Market Harborough CE Academy

Market HarboroughC of E Academy

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Reception year marks the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, yet starting school can prompt emotions of excitement and nervousness for both parents and children with all the changes, unfamiliarity and new routines.

We support you and your child with their learning and development.

We work with families to ensure that our children are happy, healthy and developing well.

We invite you to workshops to help you to support your child at home with all elements of their learning including reading, phonics and maths.

We foster key skills such as confidence, exploration, resilience and curiosity.

Our school enables children to build a strong foundation for their future school life and beyond.



In our school we teach our children to speak confidently and clearly in front of others, whilst exploring and enjoying stories though our Story-Telling approach. They will respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions and they will learn to follow instructions so that they can answer ‘how’ or ‘why’ questions in response to stories or events.



In our school we teach our children to move confidently in a range of ways. They explore space and avoid obstacles as they build their gross and fine motor skills through a variety of physical activities. Our children discover how to stay healthy in terms of sleep, food and exercise; they learn how to dress themselves independently and manage their personal care.



In our school we teach our children to understand and express their own needs. They will develop confidence to speak to others and play or work in a group: our children learn how to share and take turns. They will understand the difference between right and wrong, and learn about feelings and emotions as they develop friendships and keep themselves safe.



In our school, we use the Read Write Inc scheme to teach Phonics. Our children systematically learn the names and sounds of the alphabet, blend the sounds together to read and segment words into sounds in order to write words. By the end of the year, our children know how to read and write simple sentences.



In our school, our children develop an understanding of maths through stories, songs, games and imaginative play. They will build confidence in working with numbers up to 20 using a range of practical resources, and will explore a range of measures including capacity, weight, length, money and time. They will learn about 2D and 3D shapes and how to describe those using simple mathematical terms.



In our school we teach our children to use their senses to explore, ask and answer questions to find out more about the world around them.  They will have opportunities to:

  • construct with a variety of materials;
  • find out about everyday technology and its uses;
  • complete a simple program using an iPad;
  • discuss events from their own experiences;
  • discover facts about past events, and
  • learn to embrace and respect different cultures and beliefs.



In our school, our children will use a variety of materials to explore colour and shape as they develop their artistic skills. They learn how to move rhythmically and make their own music as they develop their creative skills. They discover how to make models and tell their own versions of stories as they develop their imaginative skills.