Welcome to Reception!
Our Reception classes are the Meerkats and the Red Pandas.
Mrs Swain teaches the Meerkats and Mrs Brophy teaches the Red Pandas. We are also lucky to have Mrs Petrillo support the Meerkat class each week on Mondays.
Our teaching assistants are Mr Kirk and Mrs Ferguson
During these critical early years our key aims are to develop the children’s positive attitudes towards learning, social integration, personal organisation and independence skills.
Our classroom has different areas that the children can explore. Themes are changed regularly to make it an exciting and interesting place to learn. Children have continuous access to the outdoor classroom which enhances their learning further.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. There are seven areas of learning and development that shape this curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected.
Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development.
We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are literacy,mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.
In the Prime Areas children will learn to:-
- Share, take turns and develop respect for each other.
- Make friends and become confident independent learners.
- Behave appropriately when playing with others.
- Listen to others and understand spoken language.
- Learn new words rapidly and use them in conversations.
- Join in conversations with adults and children.
- Develop control of their bodies using both large scale movements such as running and jumping, and small scale movements such as holding pencils and using scissors.
In the Specific Areas children will:-
- Enjoy sharing books and stories with adults and friends.
- Read words and simple sentences.
- Draw, make marks, write letters and words.
- Count accurately, groups of objects and recognise numerals.
- Add, subtract and problem solve during practical activities.
- Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, distance, time and money.
- Look closely at how things work, why things happen, living things and the natural world.
- Use ICT equipment, e.g. programmable toys and computers.
- Be imaginative, sing songs, dance and create fantastic models, drawings and paintings.