|Dickens Boulevard||Ruskin Drive|
|Barn Owls||Honey Bees|
In Reception, we love learning! We value all children for the unique individuals they are and are passionate that they explore their learning in a fun, practical, child centred way. Starting school is a big step but we believe children will develop their sense of belonging and confidence through the positive relationships that we build with them. We support children to develop skills for life such as resilience, perseverance and an acceptance of challenge within the nurturing environment of the classroom. We look forward to creating positive, long lasting memories with your children that they will carry with them through their entire learning journey.
All classes have outside areas where children can experience the same learning opportunities as inside and where they can take risks and explore. We encourage children to initiate their learning through their own interests and we support and extend them within this.
How to get into class
The school day starts at 8:50. The children enter through the gate into the Reception garden. This is the first gate as you enter the school grounds.
The school day starts at 8:50. The children enter the school through the double doors located between the two Reception classes.
Our Daily Routine
Morning Activities - Fine motor activities, ready for when the children come in.
Adult Led activity – Literacy or Maths
Snack time – Free fruit and milk supplied by school
Child Initiated Learning – When the children are free to choose what they would like to learn to apply their learning.
Phonics – Daily 20min session
Lunch – Children can bring in their own packed lunch, have school dinners or order a school packed lunch which they eat in the main hall after which they have time on the school playground.
Dough Disco/Handwriting – Building up fine motor skills and developing letter formation
Relaxation – Mindfulness, calming and reflection
Adult Led activity/Topic – Literacy, Maths or Topic
Child Initiated Learning – When the children are free to choose what they would like to learn to apply their learning
PSED/RE/Singing – Circle times, discussions, signing, learning Makaton, stories from different cultures
Story – Voted by the children
Home Time – Dickens Boulevard - children will be collected from the classroom doors (Barn and Snowy Owls)
Ruskin Drive – children will be collected from the classroom doors (Honey Bees)
Extra-Curricular clubs - Information to follow
Out of School Care - Information to follow
Click on the link for the Reception curriculum for the year.
Phonics and Spelling Programme
Our teaching of phonics is through the use of the Letters and Sounds phonics programme and we use the actions from Jolly Phonics to supplement this teaching. There are lots of opportunities to practise phonics both in a timetabled session but also through play in the inside and outside environments.
By the end of Reception, our aim is that children will be able to spell the words on the Reception Word List independently.
We also practise the formation of our letters and develop our handwriting. To do this we need to build our fine and gross motor skills. You can learn more about handwriting by clicking on:
Our PE day is on a Friday *, please send the children into school wearing their PE Kit on these days.
Although there is no requirement to teach discreet PE in Reception, we go over and above with weekly PE lessons, Daily Mile sessions and opportunities to develop Gross Motor skills through our everyday outdoor provision.
We teach a range of areas including Fundamentals, Dance, Gymnastics and Games.
*Please note some of this information may vary in Spring Term 2021 due to COVID guidelines
There is no setting of homework tasks but children can access Purple mash, Espresso and Oxford reading buddy if they want to carry on their learning at home.
We also value children bringing in work from home to share with the class.
Reading and Library Books
Reading books are grouped into;
- ‘phonics’ books that match our phonics sequence. Phonics book will match the phase(s) that your child is learning or has learned and enable the child to practise or re-visit previously learnt sounds.
- ‘real book approach’ scheme books that form of a coloured book band scheme. ‘Real book approach’ scheme books are appropriately pitched for your child, however some may need adult support to read some of the vocabulary.
A phonics book should be re-read a number of times as your child will then begin to recognise sounds and words and become increasingly more fluent.
Your child may bring home a phonics book and/or a real-book-approach scheme book. We aim to change our books regularly, at least two times a week.
When reading with your child, you may find it helpful to ask questions to support their comprehension. To view these questions please click here .
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