Children in Reception are provided with a range of rich, meaningful first-hand experiences in which they can explore, think creatively and are active. This starts with a memorable experience for each topic we are learning about. You will see this in our Long Term Overview. Children also take part in weekly Forest School sessions, that offer children opportunities to achieve and develop through hands on learning experiences.
All Early Years children have extensive opportunities to play. We recognise the importance of learning through play and the provision of stimulating, practical experiences. The children take part in adult-directed, adult-led, child-led and child-initiated play. Each class is taught by a teacher and have teaching assistants to support your child’s learning.
We also believe that to prepare children for learning in later years they need to experience sessions of adult led focussed teaching, particularly in the areas of writing, maths and phonics. We follow the Read, Write inc programme each day for our phonics. We strive as Early Years practitioners to create a balance between play based learning and a more formal adult led structure. Children are taught as a whole class for short, regular sessions during the day and are then given opportunities each day to work both with an adult and to access their own learning and work independently within the environment.
We encourage our children to be independent learners, and they are encouraged to select activities of their choosing from around both the indoor and outdoor environments. Adults plan exciting stimuli each week for the different areas of the environment to try and focus and move learning forward.
What Our Day looks like
08.45 – 09.00 – Our school day begins with days of the week, weather, and our daily timetable
09.00 - 09.50 – Daily phonics and small group time
09.50 - 10.00 – Fit for learning
10.00 - 10.45 - Maths
10.45 – 11.00 – Snack and playtime
11.00 – 11.45 – Project learning and theme
11.45 – 13.00 – Lunchtime
13.00 – 13.20 – Mindfulness & number sense
13.20 – 13.30 – Quality story time
13.30 – 14.55 – Project learning
14.55 – 14.15 – Story, rhyme time and home-time
We also have weekly PE by Crossbar, forest school and music Minors.
What you will need to provide
· Water is always accessible within the room but if you would like to provide your child with a water bottle please ensure it is labelled with their name.
· Outdoor clothing, raincoat or wet suit and wellies for their forest school day.
· A book bag for your child.
· Across the year we will be inviting parents and carers in for ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. We offer different planned parent workshops throughout the year so you can join us for phonics, maths, and theme sessions. We also invite you to celebrate world events like The Kings Coronation.
· The children also have a fun non-competitive sports day in the last summer term.