The Roche follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) which uses skills from all areas of learning to develop the children’s written, mathematical, investigative and creative skills.
In Literacy, we teach the children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. We follow a sound-based system where children initially develop their listening skills; they play listening games, first to help them recognise first, middle and end sounds in a sequence, and then to identify the component sounds of a word. Later they learn the letters that represent these sounds and how to blend them into words.
Once the children are confident with the letter sounds and can break down words into sound segments, they start to read. Picture books are useful as they encourage the children to talk about what is going on in the story and what might happen next.
Core concepts in Mathematics are presented to the children with a great deal of hands-on experience. These are solidified with practice using a variety of multisensory approaches. In the first term, we focus on number quantities and the symbols for 1-20. We also explore 2D and 3D shapes and patterns. We then move on to addition and subtraction, non-uniform measurements and time. In the third term, the children develop their adding and subtracting skills and further develop their understanding of time. They also start to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Through Topic Work, the children gain an insight into Science and the Humanities, and begin to appreciate and learn about the world around them. The children are guided to make sense of their physical world and community by exploring, observing and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment. Topics include Travel, Transport, All About Me, Colour and Light and People Who Help Us.