Reception

Reception is a milestone year. It marks the start of something special and we pride ourselves on providing children with the very best foundation, as they embark on their educational journey.
In reception, children’s interests drive learning and through inclusive, inspiring topics, that always facilitate the application of knowledge and skills in real-life contexts, your child will thrive and work towards achieving their Early Learning Goals.
The EYFS Profile is broken down into seven specific areas of learning:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development (PSE)
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

Skilled, Early Years’ practitioners work to empower your child with confidence that cultivates independence, resilience and curiosity about themselves and the world around them. In a safe and stimulating environment, our talented team offer your child colourful, experience rich opportunities. These ensure they embody a love of learning, develop a dynamic skill set and germinate a wealth of knowledge, as a foundation for the rest educational journey.

Our Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Miss Megan Oakley

Assistant Teachers – Mrs Clare Norton & Miss Chloe Abbott

Music Teacher – Mr. Rob Benson

Physical Education Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine

A Typical Day

Phonics – Reception follow the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme which is a teacher led session. During these sessions we teach the children the necessary skills that help to develop their early reading abilities. We also provide phonics activities to enhance the children’s independent learning within the classroom.
Mathematics – In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We teach the children early problem solving skills and number knowledge that prepares them for Key Stage 1. The children are encouraged to use the practical resources available to them in order to solve number problems that are stage appropriate for them.
Continuous Provision – The children use the enhancements set out in the classroom to engage with their own independent learning. The EYFS has 17 areas of learning and the classroom provides opportunities for the children to develop in every aspect of the curriculum. We based the provision around the children, this includes themed learning, next steps and their interests. Our continuous provision is the basis for creating the children’s love of learning and fostering independent thought processes.
Reading – Reception children are encouraged in their early reading skills through themed literacy sessions, home-school 1:1 reading, guides reading sessions and story sessions that take place regularly throughout the day. We encourage the children to look at a range of different texts and talk about the books we read to enable the children to develop a disposition for reading.

Autumn Overview

This first half term the children are developing their learning through Animals.

We are asking questions like:

• How do we look after a pet?
• Where do all the animals live?
• What kinds of animals are there?
• How can we help look after animals on the planet?

We are listening to stories such as:

• We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
• Oi Cat!
• Giraffes’ Can’t Dance
• Tidy
• Dear Zoo

Housekeeping

Please put snack money in a named purse if your child is having toast with us. Your child’s name should be labelled on all uniform and PE kits. The children are provided with water bottles by the school so please do not bring one from home.

Reception Class PE session is on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon.

Children should come into school in their kits on Wednesday morning with their uniform in their bags to change into afterwards. On Fridays they need to bring their PE kit in to get changed into for the afternoon, they will then go home in their kits.