So what happens in . . . .Reception?
Reception is the first full time year of school. We have a very exciting play based curriculum where children are encouraged to explore, problem-solve and challenge themselves, all whilst having fun!
We have two Reception classes, Mondrian and Kandinsky. We have a free-flow environment so the children can access both classrooms and the outdoor area each day.
Here’s what the Reception classrooms look like:
This is Mondrian classroom ...
...and this is Kandinsky classroom.
...and here is our outdoor area, this is just for Reception children!
And these are the teachers and teaching assistants who you’ll be learning with: Mrs. Veal, Miss Edwards, Miss. Dell, Miss Waters and Mrs Wade.
Our curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are 7 areas of learning which all of our activities and topics are planned around. The areas of learning are: Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
Each day the classrooms are set up with a range of different activities. These include creative activities, small world, writing activities, maths activities, water and sand play and free flow access to our outdoor area.
We cover lots of exciting topics throughout the year, and we also ensure we incorporate each year group’s interests. We explore the topics of All About Me, Celebrations, Traditional Tales, Animals, and The World Around Us, but we could also explore Space, Dinosaurs, Transport etc...
To help with our learning in Reception we have some exciting events throughout the year such as a visit to the Discovery Centre.
We also have an annual Sandcastle Building Competition which our families join in with, Sports Day, Cinderella’s Ball and lots more!
You’ll get plenty of notice when the time comes for each of these.
Some important things to know about Reception
Please make sure to bring in your water bottle every day, filled with lovely fresh water.
Fruit is also provided daily which we eat during snack time.
Mondrian and Kandinsky classes both have PE on a Thursday. It’s easier to just bring your PE kit in and leave it in school but if you do take it home then make sure it’s in class for those days. You can find out what our PE kit consists of on our school website. Girls, please have your hair tied back on PE days.
We really encourage our children to be independent in getting dressed and undressed. We will of course assist your child if they need help, but this would be a great thing to practice before coming to school in September.
We read with the children regularly each week, so you need to make sure that your child’s Reading Record and Reading Book comes to school in their Book Bag every morning. That way it will always be ready when a teacher wants to read with you. Make sure your grownup writes in your Reading Record every evening when you read to them at home. You will have real books to take home and read as well as all of the books allocated to you on school’s wonderful Bug Club.
Please click on the links below to find out more about the skills and knowledge your child will be learning.