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Teaching and Learning in YR

Teaching and Learning in Year R


Our Aim:

To provide a safe and friendly school community where our children are encouraged to become curious, courageous and resilient learners


'Together we nurture, inspire, challenge and achieve'



The teaching and learning in Year R has been designed to reflect the Characteristics of Effective Learning.

Every member of the Year R teaching staff ensure that all children are provided with a safe learning environment. All staff follow the principles below in their interactions and teaching with all children.


Key Principles

Each child is unique; we believe that if they engage with other people and their surrounding environment through the following opportunities they will develop skills to become an effective and motivated learner.

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically.


Through playing and exploring, the adults will support children to develop their curiosity, explore particular interests and use their senses to find out about their world. Children will be encouraged to role-play and act out experiences together. As they play and explore adults will foster these positive learning behaviours;

  • seeking challenge,
  • showing a ‘can do’ attitude
  • taking risks
  • learning by trial and error
  • confidence to lead activities


Through Active Learning, the adults will support children to develop their ability to focus on activities, pay attention to details, try different approaches when challenged and develop an understanding of accomplishment in their own learning. As they learn, adults will foster these positive learning behaviours;

  • Persistence
  • Sustained thinking
  • Pride in learning
  • Satisfaction in challenge


Through Creating and thinking critically, the adults will support children to develop their ability to think of ideas and explore problems. Children will be encouraged to develop ideas of grouping, sequences and cause and effect. They will be expected to review how well their learning is going and if they need to improve. The adults will foster these positive learning behaviours;

  • Problem solving
  • Making predictions
  • Testing ideas
  • Decision making
  • Evaluation and reflection


This positive learning environment will be channeled through the Prime and Specific learning areas,


Prime Areas

  • Personal Social and emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design.


These areas of learning are reflected in continuous provision, directed activities and enhanced activities in the outdoors and indoors environments.


Continuous Provision

These discreet learning areas, indoors and outdoors, change to meet the learning needs of the children during the academic year. It is important to manage the resources in these areas so that children can make progress towards meeting a good level of development or indeed exceed.


Directed Activities

There are discreet directed activities taught daily

20 minutes of phonics daily

15 minutes of mental maths daily

20 mins of stories and language activities

Other elements of the curriculum are taught in small groups across the week. There is always a directed Maths and English activity.


Enhanced activities

When all children have been taught a directed activity they will then have an opportunity to practise their new learning through enhanced activities that may be discreetly placed or added to continuous areas.


Partnership with Parents

We value the contributions of parents and carers to support our understanding of how their child learns. We can plan specifically to support individuals when we know their current interests and achievements in the home learning environment. We use an IT programme called '2simple' to gather our observations to inform our assessments and planning. We provide the opportunity for parents to view our observations and encourage them to contribute towards these. We also ask parents to write in the child’s school diary to inform us about their learning.