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"Disadvantaged pupils, including the most able, benefit from support that helps them to catch up with others and achieve well. Staff work effectively with pupils to build their self-esteem and confidence as learners"



Early Years Foundation Stage

We have a great team of adults in Class 1, who work hard to ensure that children get the very best start to their education – academically, personally and socially.

The Early Years are an extremely important part of a child’s journey into education and Reception at Down Ampney is an exciting, purposeful and stimulating environment in which to learn and we hope that your child has a truly positive start to their school journey with us. We endeavour to provide a curriculum that is based on real-life experiences, involves the children and most importantly, is planned through careful assessment of their own needs and interests. We hope that your child has a lovely time learning at Down Ampney each and every day and we promise to always take good care of them.

We are a friendly team and have an open-door policy. If you ever need to speak to a member of the team, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you in any way we can.

In Reception, we aim for all pupils to become unique individuals who form positive relationships with adults and peers. Through a balance of child- initiated play and adult led learning, children become independent, curious learners who explore and ask meaningful questions. Children leave Reception as confident learners who are ready for the next stage in their learning journey.

In Reception, our curriculum is designed to: 

Recognise children’s prior learning from previous settings and their experiences at home
Provide first hand learning experiences
Ensure quality interactions with adults
Provide a language rich environment 
Inspire a lifelong love of learning

When children join Reception, high priority is given to developing their early language, communication and social skills through sharing stories, to and fro conversation turn taking, the teaching of specific vocabulary and modelled play.

The Curriculum

All of our learning is based on the 7 curriculum areas stated in ‘Development Matters’.

We carefully plan our continuous provision activities and focused lessons to ensure children are given varied, frequent opportunities to achieve their full potential. 

·   Communication and Language

·   Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·   Physical Development

·   Literacy

·   Maths

·   Understanding the World

·   Expressive Arts and Design