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Cullingworth Village Primary School

Delivering Excellence for a Brighter Future

  Welcome to our Reception Classes:

The Fish and Seahorses

Teaching and Learning

At Cullingworth Village Primary School we believe that your child is unique and will bring with them a wide range of different experiences, skills and interests when they join school. Through our planning, resources and environment we aim to ensure that learning for your child is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore, investigate, discover, create, practice, rehearse, repeat, and consolidate their developing knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes. We have high expectations of all children, within a secure, caring and respectful environment.

The Early Years Foundation Stage encompasses the period of education from birth to the end of their Reception Year. This is a critical and very exciting time in a child’s development. At Cullingworth we follow the government guidelines for learning, development and care for children. This is called the ‘Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ and has at its core 4 overarching principles. These are: that every child is a unique child; that children learn through positive relationships; that they develop best in a well-planned, stimulating and exciting environment and that all children learn in different ways and at different rates.

Reception staff all work as a team to provide a secure, safe, stimulating learning environment in which children can develop as independent learners through both child and adult-initiated activities.  Whilst our curriculum is planned around half-termly themes, these are flexible and are altered where necessary to follow children’s interests as we recognise that all children will not be stimulated by an adult initiated theme.  It is crucial that we build on our children current knowledge and skills so that make continual progress at their own pace and to enjoy learning.


British Values in the EYFS - Cullingworth Village Primary

  • The ‘Fundamental British Values of Democracy’, ‘The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect’ and ‘Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs’ are already embedded in the EYFS curriculum and practice. Here are some ways in how British Values are actively promoted within the Early Years at Cullingworth Village Primary:


  • ·         Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important, for example following the children’s interests for topics and activities.
  • ·         Encourage children to make decisions together e.g. when sharing a group toy like a large train set.
  • ·         Encourage children to see their role in the ‘bigger picture’ e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, school, community etc. ( Me Boxes)
  • ·         Encourage children to value each other’s views and beliefs and to talk about their feelings - for examplewhen they do or do not need help, topic ideas, ideas about how to organise an activity or circle time activities about likes and dislikes. (Circle Time)
  • ·      Provide opportunities for the children to vote for activity choices, for example, choosing a theme for their choosing a book for story time or a song for song time by a show of hands.
  • ·         Encourage children to complete activities that involve turn-taking, sharing, discussion and collaboration e.g.joint model making, role play activities and using equipment.
  • ·         Use group times and circle times to encourage children to take turns, listen to others, and to value and respect the contributions made by others in the group. 
  • ·         Work together to create an environment where it is ‘safe’ to make mistakes, share thoughts and ideas, and to explore different options e.g. promoting forgiveness after an argument, opportunities to retry an activity and tolerance for different views.
  • The rule of law
  • ·         Encourage adults and children to work together, to create group rules.
  • ·         Discuss the need for rules and how they should be administered fairly e.g. the need for rules to keep                               everyone safe and happy.
  • ·         The children are taught to understand their own and others’ behaviour and feelings, along with their                                 consequences.
  • ·        We work together to create an environment where actions are consistently followed through e.g. adherence                      to class rules, follow-ups on discussions and other choices explored after taking a group vote.
  • ·         The Children are encouraged and supported to learn how to distinguish right from wrong.
  • ·         Encourage children to take turns, share and compromise.

Individual liberty

  • ·         Encourage children to develop a positive sense of themselves.( Me boxes)
  • ·         Provide opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. For                           example, by sharing achievements and successes and promoting independence. (Me boxes.Winner of the week)
  • ·         We provide opportunities to take on risks, challenges and responsibilities and also encourage children to                           explore and discuss their thoughts, feelings and ideas with those they trust.
  • ·         Encourage children to try a range of different activities and opportunities, and to discuss and select their                       own preferences. (Indoor and Outdoor Provision)
  • ·         Encourage children to ask questions and trust that their opinions and ideas will be respected and valued.
  • ·         Provide opportunities for children to follow and develop their own interests and ideas.
  •           (Indoor and Outdoor Provision)
  • ·         Provide activities for all children to engage in and actively challenge gender-specific tasks and activities.
  • ·         Encourage children to reflect upon their similarities and differences, and appreciate and respect that                               others may have different views.


Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

  • ·           We work as a group to create an environment that includes, values and promotes different faiths, cultures, views and races.
  • ·          We provide opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example outings to local places, inviting family members or speakers to visit the setting.
  •            (Autumn walk, Nativity at the Methodist church, Open Mornings for parents to visit. Woodbank Nurseries   visit)
  • ·         Encourage children to learn about other faiths, cultures, traditions, families, communities and ways of life.
  •           ( Diwali, Eid, Christmas, Chinese New Year)
  •           Encourage the children to share their experiences with the group and allow the children to recognise similarities and differences between themselves and others. For example, by learning about festivals and special days, different types of family units, different occupations and places around the world.
  •                ( As above)
  • ·        Encourage children to learn about the world around them – both locally and further afield. For example:
  • ·•          local trips
  • ·•          using books, stories, posters and videos etc. to learn about places far away
  • ·•          cultural days
  • ·•          local events and activities
  • •          national celebrations

The Curriculum

The Foundation Stage is organised into seven intrinsically linked areas of learning:

Personal, social and emotional development(PSED); Communication and Language (CL); Physical Development (PD); Literacy (LD); Mathematical Development (MD); Understanding the World (UtW) and Expressive arts and Design (EAD).


Each area of learning is then separated into more specific areas:

PSED – self-confidence and self-awareness, managing feelings anbehaviour and making relationships.

This area of learning is vital for your child in all aspects of their life and it gives them the best opportunity for success in other areas of learning. At Cullingworth we aim to provide the support and experiences which enable your child to develop a positive sense of themselves and respect for others. We actively use praise and encouragement to promote good behaviour and a positive attitude to learning.

Click here to see an overview of Personal, Social and Emotional Development.


CL - speaking, listening, attention and understanding

Developing effective speaking and listening skills is fundamental to all aspects of your child’s learning and development. The children will be encouraged to talk confidently and clearly, answer how and why questions in response to their experiences and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


PD - moving and handling and health and self-care

We aim to improve skills of confidence, co-ordination, control, manipulation and movement.  We have a structured PE lesson where children are able to take risks and extend their confidence in a safe environment.  Getting changed for PE also allows time to help those who need it to learn how to dress and undress independently. In our outdoor classroom children have the opportunity to explore and play with equipment on a larger scale and promote co-operation.  This is further developed through Forest School learning. We also incorporate fine-motor activities to strengthen the fingers for ready for writing.  PD also focusses on how we keep ourselves healthy and the importance of exercise.


LD - reading and writing

Our overriding aim is to develop a love of reading and writing with the children.  Through Phonic teaching children learn the sounds (phonemes) that letters can then read by sight. As children’s develop their understanding of books, they will learn about the differences between non-fiction and fiction books and how stories are written.  We write using a cursive script at Cullingworth, which the children practise regularly. They can then attempt to write simple sentences and are encouraged to use their knowledge of sounds to spell unfamiliar words.


MD - numbers and shape, space and measures

Children will develop a solid foundation for their future mathematical development. This includes counting, sorting, matching, recognising patterns and calculating, along with exploring shape, space and measures. We use rhymes, songs and stories to encourage learning. Emphasis is also put on children having their own ideas and methods to solve practical problems.


 UtW – people and communities; the world and technology

This area helps your child make sense of the world they live in. This forms the foundations for later work on geography, history, science, design and technology, and computing. Our activities are based on first hand experiences, which encourage interest and curiosity. Children will learn to investigate, be curious, to show enthusiasm and experiment. Areas of learning are based around people and communities, the world and technology.


CD - exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative

Children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity through a range of activities including art and craft, cooking, role play, dance and music. At Cullingworth we aim to provide a stimulating environment in which creativity, originality and expressiveness are valued.