Reception is the first class in school for children at Water Street. In Reception, Mrs Roberts is the teacher and Mrs Busfield is the teaching assistant. We all know that going to ‘big school’ is a very big (and sometimes daunting) step for our children. We work closely with our feeder Nurseries and with parents to make the transition from Nursery into school as seamless as possible with parents’ evenings, home visits, nurseries visits and sessions for the children in school before the new school year starts.
Our classroom a bright and inviting learning environment, organized into ‘areas of continuous provision’, which are enhanced every week to link with our themes. We follow themes for two or three weeks at a time and these are led by the children’s interest and also driven by the seasons and festivals. We have full outdoor provision too and enjoy many of our activities out of doors – whatever the weather!
Each child has an Activity Book and a Learning Journey Folder which both document their progress through year, and these are available for parents to browse at any time. We encourage parents to contribute to these journals as they watch their children’s achievements and to ensure that school and home become real partners in the learning process.
Our prime approach to developing early Reading and Writing skills is through phonics and we have a phonics session every day. This is followed up enhanced provision in the Reading Garden and the Writing area for children to learn independently too. It is also supported by our phonic reading schemes including ‘Jelly and Bean’ and ‘Phonics Bug’, from which we will send home books for you and your child to read together at home. The children will also be introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, as these are the books they will come across in the following years.
As you can see the children are at the heart of everything we do in Foundation Stage, but this is closely followed by parents and we put in much effort to ensure that you are fully informed of everything that goes on in school. We send out a weekly email to explain the learning for the week as well as other school notices or handy details. We also have plenty of sessions throughout the year when parents can come and be a part of it, including ‘stay and play’ sessions and ‘learning journey drop-ins’.
Finally we are very proud of our fantastic ‘buddy’ system in school, where the Reception children are paired up with a Year 6 mentor who is their ‘buddy’ throughout the first year at school; being on hand to work and play and help ensure their first experiences of school are positive and happy!
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