Welcome to Reception at Sandringham and West Newton. Your child’s well-being is at the heart of what we do. It is important to us that they are settled and happy when coming to school, and this is our main priority throughout the first half term. We endeavour to encompass the school rules of ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’ during this time, so that school can be enjoyed by all. The children love playing and exploring in our stimulating continuous provision and are respectful of this, helping to tidy and maintain the areas. Our classroom environment supports and encourages independence. Being willing to give things a go is encouraged, along with a growth mindset and developing resilience.
Story times and nursery rhymes are valued within our setting. We prioritise communication and language and developing vocabulary. We aim to provide a successful balance between accessing the continuous provision and more formal learning inputs. This is designed to impart specific knowledge and understanding, enabling the children to learn new skills which they can transfer into their own learning and play. Our focused learning times are gradually progressed over the course of the timetable and include phonics, maths, reading and topic-based inputs. We have an open communication with parents through the online learning journal tapestry. This is used to document learning throughout the year along with some recordings in books.
The reception class starts together full time in September of the year in which they are five.
The Little wandle 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 Little Wandle books. 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.
Children are celebrated within our class following the PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) child of the week. This also supports developing confidence and children’s emotional intelligence. We have strong links with the local Church, with Father Paul regularly visiting for our collective worship. We also participate in harvest, Christmas and Easter services, as well as the Nativity.
We also have a Nursery class in the afternoon only, which has a link to the Sandringham and West Newton preschool. We can offer places for children for the half term in which they are 4. We take children in, in the first week back after each half term. we have a maximum of 8 places. For information please call the school office.
Please find below information for the Summer term 2023
Reception Summer 2 – Inspirational People and Community
Reception Welcome Letter Summer 2
Reception Summer 1 – Fantastic Fairy Tales
Reception Welcome Letter Summer 1
Please find below newsletter, timetable and planning overview for the second half of the Spring term 2023
Reception Spring 2 Spring has Sprung!
Reception Welcome Letter Spring 2
Planning for the new Spring term 2023 can be found below
Reception Spring 1 Amazing Animals
Reception Welcome Letter Spring 1
Planning for the second half of the Autumn term 2022 can be found here :-
Reception Autumn 2 Celebrations
Reception Welcome Letter Autumn 2
Reception Autumn 1 All About Me (1)
Reception Autumn 1 Reception Timetable (1)
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