The reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Jolly Phonics scheme is used to support reading and writing. Children build up a phonics library of sounds in their book bag and parents can support the classroom work by helping the child finish the colouring, learn the action that accompanies the sound and also the correct letter formation in writing.
The children learn to read using the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The books are used during supported reading sessions during the school day and are sent home each day for the children to read with parents.
Most of the learning is supported through guided and child initiated play.
‘Show and Tell’ is a feature with the children who are encouraged to tell the class about something
that is special to them – so do not forget to bring something in – it can be anything from a toy to a photograph.
Norman the class dog is allowed to visit a child’s house each day; this supports various learning objectives in the Foundation Stage Profile.
The class is involved in the school Nativity play which is part of the Christmas service at the church.
An outing is planned for each term, with a joint Christmas trip with Years 1 & 2. In recent years we have visited the toy museum in Park House, the Royal Stud, the Butterfly Park, Thursford, Princess Theatre, Sea Life Centre.
We are really enjoying our weekly Forest School sessions. This week Lee showed us how to do some Japanese ‘Forest Art’. We had to collect a handful of fresh leaves from the trees…Lee encouraged us to choose leaves of varying shapes and sizes. We were given a piece of material which we folded in half, with a leaf placed in the middle. By hammering the material carefully but firmly we could see the shape of the leaf appear through the material…it took quite a lot of hammering! When we opened the material up the leaves had printed symmetrically. This process was repeated with a variety of leaves.
The next task was to find a stick that measured the same as the width of the material and attach the cloth using tape. Finally we added a length of string before finding a suitable branch to hang them on. They looked fabulous dancing in the breeze!
It was lovely to welcome our new pupils, who will be joining our school family in September, into school this morning. They joined Mrs Berry, Mrs Garrard and our existing children for a morning of fun, and were supported by Alison from West Newton Pre-School group for this first session. Two more transition sessions will take place over the next few weeks, and all new families will be offered a Home Visit too.