Welcome to Reception.

The Reception classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and deliver the early years curriculum. Our teachers and early years staff are trained to enable children to make good progress in learning the skills which are essential for learning and success at school, and in other aspects of their lives. We ensure that we provide our children with right mix of activities that are initiated by the child or led by the teacher.

In September the majority of our school nursery children enter Reception along with children from other nurseries and playgroups in the area.

We have four classes each with a full time teaching assistant and other support staff.

We work closely with our school Nursery and also share the same fantastic outdoor classroom and other equipment.

Our Learning

Under the new revised Early Learning Areas 2012, our learning environment is organised into the different areas of learning.

There are three prime areas of learning:

  • Physical Development with a focus on: Moving and Handling and Health and Self-care.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development with a focus on: Self-confidence and Self-awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour, Making Relationships.
  • Communication and Language with a focus on: Listening and Attention, Understanding and Speaking.

There are also four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy: Reading and writing.
  • Mathematics: Numbers and shape, space and measures.
  • Understanding the World: People and communities, the World and Technology.
  • Expressive Art and Design: Exploring and using media and materials, and Being imaginative.

Throughout the year we shall also be observing your child to find out about them as learners and to assess them against the following criteria:

  • Playing and Exploring – finding out and exploring – Engaging – playing with what they know – being willing to ‘have a go’
  • Active Learning – being involved and concentrating – Motivation – keeping on trying – enjoying achieving what they set out to do
  • Creating and Thinking – having their own ideas – critically – making links – Thinking – choosing ways to do things.

This year your child will be embarking on a journey, which will build the foundations for their future learning. It promises to be an action packed experience with lots of hands on opportunities and learning through play.

During the first half term our topic will be’ Getting to Know You’, where the children will be producing self portraits  and talking about their family and home life. Moving into the second half of the term, we will be focusing on ‘Light and Dark’ and the children will learn about nocturnal animals. This exciting topic will begin with a visit from the animal man, where the children will have the opportunity to meet a variety of nocturnal animals.

The second term will kick off with a topic on ‘Toys’ and the children will be invited to bring in their favorite toy for a toy picnic. We will be using a variety of materials to make our own toy and will be engaging in some visual literacy, using the film ‘Toy Story’ as a stimulus. Our next topic will be ‘Once Upon a time’, where the children will get the opportunity to watch a traditional tale through the art of puppetry.

Moving into the summer term, our topic will be ‘Minibeasts’. The children will be discovering the similarities and differences between a variety of tiny critters and will have the opportunity to handle some of these wonderful creatures.  Towards the end of the year, we will be taking the children to Drayton Manor as part of our ‘On Land and Sea’ topic. During this topic, the children will be learning about the differences between land and sea animals.

Finally, during the year, do look out for one of our many workshops, which offer you great opportunities to support us in supporting your child to achieve their fullest potential. Home and school working together is an important part of our ethos and we thank you for your continued support.

Many thanks, Team Reception