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Hello and Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs Mandel is your class teacher on Monday to Thursday and Miss Taylor teaches you on a Friday. Mrs Norman and Mrs O’Brien are Early Years Practitioners who are also keyworkers.

Coming into Reception can be a big change but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we have smaller keyworker groups and our timetable reflects that of nursery with a balance of keyworker, small group and child-initiated activities.

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 day for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their interests.

Throughout the year we maintain 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.

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….

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