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Hello and Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs Wilby is your class teacher on Monday to Thursday and Mrs O’Brien teaches you on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant and midday supervisor..

Starting full time school in Reception can be a big change but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we work with the support and guidance of an adult, and we focus on developing the core areas of communication and language, physical development and personal and social education. This will be through topics the children are familiar with, for example ‘family’ and ‘people who help us’.

As children get older and are more used to the routines of the day, we introduce more whole class and small group literacy and maths activities alongside topic activities. However, it is still very important that the children have time each morning and afternoon for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their own interests.

Throughout the year we maintain electronic Learning Journals for each child in which we record their achievements and interests in the form of photos, observational notes and examples of work. These Learning Journals then help us to make assessments against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. Parents have access to these via an online app and can add their own comments and observations.

Topics vary during the year, according to the children’s interests, however we tend to cover seasonal changes and celebrations every year such as autumn, Fireworks night, Diwali, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter etx

There’s lots to learn during Reception but we have fun doing it!

21st September 2018

LI: to paint a self portrait

The children used mirrors to look at the features of their own faces. Then they chose the correct skin, eye and hair colours to paint a picture of themselves. Mrs Bailey has displayed these in our cloakroom area.

14th September 2018

First week in Reception

The children have completed their first week of full time school! They have all been very busy making new friends and exploring our indoor and outdoor classrooms. They have also started to learn some phonic sounds and to recognise numbers to 10.