Welcome to Reception
Our Reception class is taught as a single age class. Miss James is the class teacher and Mrs Gail Lunn is the teaching assistant. The classroom and outside areas are vibrant and stimulating, with a mix of focused and open-ended challenges provided across each of the Foundation Stage areas of learning. These areas are used continually, allowing children free flow access throughout the day.
Children in Reception learn through a combination of taught sessions, adult guided groups, and their own self-initiated activities during 'independent learning' time. Activities and resources are carefully planned and regularly changed to ensure they match the children's learning needs and 'next steps'. Children have the opportunity to write daily, access mathematical resources, and construct using large and small construction materials. They can use malleable materials such as sand, water and clay, and access a range of resources in the creative and painting areas. Many children enjoy exploring the role play area, which regularly changes according to the themes covered in class, and is often planned and built by the children themselves! On a weekly basis Reception children experience an outdoor learning session where, amongst other things, they access our 'mud kitchen', garden and wildlife area.
Ironically, the beginning of our Spring term brought with it some wintry weather! This inspired a lot of learning about materials such as ice, cornflour and papier mache, and how they change or can be used. We have been doing some practical adding and subtraction in maths, and have learned lots of facts about space! We invented our own alien characters and wrote about them. We have been very lucky to receive lots of visitors this term too. We learned about colours and feelings, and how to express them through dance, with Wriggle Dance Theatre. We have also been talking to different people who help us through the jobs they do, including our very own Lollipop Man, Mr Cleeton, and a very friendly guide dog called Dexter.
We have given you just a small taster of all our learning so far this term in the photo gallery below.
Whole-school literacy: 'Journey' by Aaron Becker
As part of a whole-school literacy initiative, we have immersed ourselves in this wonderful, wordless book. We have completed a range of work around the story, including sequencing the main events, drawing pictures and writing sentences.
As a class, we learned how to use exciting language to orally tell a story. We created this fantastic recording, in which you will hear each child in our class tell a different part of the story in their own words. We hope you enjoy it!