Rainbow – Early Years Reception

Our Early Years Reception class has 6 pupils, all with different and complex learning needs. Our class Teacher is Suzanne  and the Teaching Assistants are Sharon, Elaine and Carolyn.

EYFS curriculum

Our learning environment provides access to all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)  curriculum.

There are three prime areas of learning covered in the EYFS:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

And four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Children learn best by doing. We create active and interactive indoor and outdoor learning environments that are responsive to their changing learning needs, and engage and involve children all the time.

Effective learning involves:

  • Playing and exploring – engaging and finding out, having a go
  • Active learning – being involved and concentrating, motivation and enjoying achieving
  • Creative and thinking critically – making links, having their own ideas


Monitoring of your child’s progress is essential to ensure that they are making good progress. Observations are used to plan further activities and learning steps.  The revised non-statutory guidance ‘Development Matters’ will be used to support assessment about children’s learning and development and to monitor children’s progress throughout the Early Years. The information gathered will inform final assessment against the Early Learning Goals for the EYFS Profile.


In Rainbow class we have a total communication friendly environment. Children will use a range of objects to help make their own choices, preferences, wants, likes and dislikes independently. These include:

  • Makaton signs
  • Symbols
  • Photographs
  • True object based icons
  • Picture exchange communication systems
  • Switches
  • Verbal and non verbal language
  • Timetables
  • ‘Now and next’ boards

Children need:

  • Something to communicate about
  • Something to communicate with
  • Something to communicate for
  • A communicative partner
  • To understand meaning


Our topics this year will include:

  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Ourselves
  • Celebrations
  • Insects
  • Transport
  • Sea Creatures
  • Animals

We encourage and involve all children to participate in small group and whole group activities to provide opportunities for personal, social and emotional development.

Our children are given access to a wide range of books, poems, and other written materials to further their interest.

Daily activities and routines provide opportunities for children to develop and improve their skills in understanding and using numbers. Our children experience using numbers in a variety of ways by sorting and problem solving, shapes, spaces, and measures.

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials. These include:

  • Tools and techniques,
  • Experimenting with colour
  • Design and texture

Our children are able to express their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.

Throughout the school day, all children are supported with their own basic hygiene and personal needs including dressing and going to the bathroom. We encourage and support our children to become more independent with feeding and eating.

Learning Journals

We will be sending the learning journal home for you to see your child’s achievements and we would welcome your feedback.

Children have fun learning through play in the Early Years.