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Early years

The Reception Year at St Oswald’s C of E Primary school provides the foundation for all future learning.  We aim to give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for excellent future progress through school life.  To ensure this, learning and development opportunities are planned around the needs of each child and are assessed and reviewed regularly.  Adults respond to each child’s needs and interests, guiding development through warm, positive interactions in stimulating well-resourced indoor and outdoor environments.


In the Reception year it is the adult’s role to teach, support, stimulate and extend children’s learning through initiating and extending experiences and interacting skilfully and sensitively with children to scaffold, support and enhance learning.


We have developed a specific Early Years curriculum which combines the development of personal, social and emotional skills, opportunities for child initiated learning and a broad curriculum including all areas of learning.