Early Years Focus of Teaching

Early Years


Speaking and Listening:

Speaking and listening is a key skill throughout school but particularly in the Early Years and helps the children to get the best possible start to reading and writing. At North Fawdon, we believe the acquisition of language is crucial and all children are exposed to a language rich environment. In addition, children are provided with a clear model of language with the use of my turn, your turn from teaching staff.



In Nursery, children explore song, sounds, rhythm and rhyme. Children are introduced to initial sounds through games and play.

In Reception, we follow the Read Write Inc programme daily. A new sound is taught each day and the three set cycle is repeated over the course of the year. After a new sound has been taught children, have a wide range of activities available for them to access independently in order to practise and consolidate their sounds.



In Early Years, we promote the love of stories. Children listen, learn new language and confidently share stories. An author or a text is always the centre of our topic work.

Children are introduced to group guided reading in Early Years as well as listening to readers on a one to one basis. In Reception, children are also taught word walls, which link in with the Read Write Inc red words. Early comprehension activities such as jumbled sentences are introduced in Reception.



In Nursery, we work hard on fine motor skills in order to encourage the correct pencil grip. Dough gym and a variety of fine motor activities are on offer daily to support this. Alongside fine motor work, there are regular opportunities for children to draw and mark make and they are encouraged to do this.

Reception are taught the correct formation of letters during phonics sessions and cursive handwriting is introduced from the start. Throughout Reception, children write across a wide range of genres. Children will have had writing experience of name writing, CVC words, captions, labels, simple sentences and stories. The key grammatical learning when they reach simple sentence writing is capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.

The Talk for Writing approach is used and children imitate and begin to innovate learnt texts over the course of the year.