Slaithwaite C of E Junior and Infant School

Slaithwaite C of E Junior and Infant School

Holme Lane, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD7 5UG

01484 506463



Oak – Reception

Connect, Listen, Play


Welcome to Oak Class.

Working in Oak Class this year is Mrs Cherrington and Mrs Ellis. We are looking forward to getting to know the children and settling them into their first year in school.


At Slaithwaite CE J&I School, our Early Years children experience a curriculum that builds on from their starting point and prior learning from a previous setting or more commonly their time at home. Our children experience the 7 areas of learning through a balance of whole class, group teaching and play based learning. This is developed by children’s interest, themes, continuous provision activities and stories. We aim for our children to believe in what they can do and gain the skills, knowledges and real-life experiences to achieve. Parental engagement is an essential partnership in our school that ensures our children can reach their full potential.


The children in their reception year at school will be following the early years curriculum.  There are seven areas within this curriculum.  Communication and language development is the first and involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations. 

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Alongside these seven curriculum areas children are developing the characteristics of effective learning, covering skills in ‘playing and exploring’, ‘active learning’ and in ‘creating and thinking critically’.

Play is at the heart of the Early Years curriculum and much of what the children initially do is play-based.  Learning happens both indoors and outdoors and builds towards longer sessions throughout the year in preparation for Year 1.  All learning is cross curricular following both topics and children’s interests.  There are planned opportunities for both adult led and child initiated play and independent learning is always encouraged.


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