Reception Class follow a different curriculum to the rest of the school. Children are taught and assessed to 7 specific areas.
Early Years Foundation Stage Areas of Learning:
The Prime Areas
Communication & Language
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
The Specific Areas
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts & Design
Reception just love Wellie Wednesday. Last week we scavenged for autumnal items and made some forest friends which we stuck to trees.
We have been looking at different types of buildings and finding the best way to put blocks together so they stand firm. We had a walk around the area to look at all the different types of houses.
Reception are fantastic team players in PE and work together to keep all their treasure safe.
If you have pre -school children you are more than welcome to join us on a Thursday afternoon
3.00pm –3.30pm (term time only)
for Rhyme Time.
So what is Rhyme Time?
It is an opportunity for your child to come into school, make new friends, learn lots of new rhymes and have lots of fun in a safe and caring classroom environment.
ALL children are welcome - even if you don't intend to send your child to our school. Please be assured you will be made to feel welcome.
Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles etc. are welcome to bring children, it doesn't have to be the parent.
PE Days - Kit to be in school
Show and tell
Achievement Assembly - Parents are welcome to join us 9:00am
How you can help at home:
· Reminder that reading books should be read at least 5 times a week, children reading 7 times a week are progressing quickly.
· In Literacy, we will be working on reading and spelling skills using the sounds we already know. The children are beginning to write simple sentences in school, see if they can do it for you!
· In Maths we will be looking at 3D shapes and the names of them, tackling those tricky teen numbers and adding and subtracting within 20.
We pride ourselves on providing our children with imaginative and effective opportunities for learning through a broad range of experiences.
'Super Learning Days' are days where learning takes place outside of the normal classroom model. We come dressed for the outdoors and explore and learn about our environment.
Super learning days address 2 specific areas of the foundation stage curicculum: Understanding the World and Physical Development for example we plant seeds and watch them grow, we hatch chickens, create mudslides, build bug houses etc so the children are learning whilst having fun.
As a result, our children demonstrate greater engagement and enjoyment in their curriculum as they are encouraged to become independent, engaged and motivated, using the skills they have
learnt as part of these days.
When your child first starts school, it’s a big change in your family life, especially if it is your oldest or youngest child. You may feel sad and be worried that your child will be unhappy, will not make friends, or will not enjoy schoolwork. You may be trying to support your child to make it all feel exciting while, on the inside, you are feeling just as nervous. Starting or changing schools can be one of the biggest transitions in a child's life, but it's worth remembering that most children love school and go on to make the most of their education. We have compiled some tips on starting school that you may find helpful.
Help your child
Help your child to develop the skills they need to be independent, such as getting used to playing with other children, dressing and undressing themselves and looking after their possessions.
Get storybooks from the library about starting school and read them to your child. In the week before they start school, get your child used to the times they will need to get up in the mornings and go to bed.
Decide early who is taking your child to school on their first day so they can know as soon as possible what will happen on the morning.
Share your memories of your first day or funny and light stories about your time at school so they start to get a light-hearted sense of what to expect.
Plan a treat for the end of the school day; it’s likely they will be tired so a simple trip to the local park or their favourite dinner would be more than enough.
Talk positively to your child about starting school, as well as listening to and acknowledging any anxious feelings or fears they may have.
Help your child to build their confidence. For example, make sure they know that it is ok to ask to go to the toilet at school.
If you are feeling worried, make sure you have someone to talk to so that your children don’t pick up on any negative feelings – and remind yourself that it is perfectly normal to have a bit of the jitters yourself particularly if this is your first child to come to school.
Encourage them to be thoughtful about other children’s feelings and remember to take turns and share.If you sense your child will feel clingy and not want to leave you in fear they will miss out, let them know what you have planned for the day – the duller the better!
Speak to us
We will explain at the welcome meeting how our reception children are introduced to the school and what happens on the first day. Talk this through with your child so that they know what to expect.
We will arrange an appointment to talk to you about your child, e.g. any special needs, medical problems, likes or dislikes.
We will visit your child in their nursey so they can meet and talk to us in surrounding that are familiar to them
Make a point of finding out more about the school – look around your child’s classroom so that you know what they are doing and can talk to them about it.
Talk to us! - If you feel anxious or annoyed by anything at all, come in and see us, we won’t bite! Please don’t bottle it up, we can’t sort it out if we don’t know. Something very minor can become a bigger problem when you have discussed it with another parent on the playground or posted it on facebook – we are very friendly and your child’s happiness is very important to us.
Try to come to as many of the meetings before and after your child starts at the school, as you can. If you can’t attend, give the school a call and ask for the information to be sent to you.