Welcome to our Reception Classes
- Ra – Starfish Class – Ms Schofield and Mrs Mitchell
- Rb – Jellyfish Class – Mrs Sedgewick and Mrs Brumbill
- Rc – Dolphin Class - Mrs Walters, Mrs McDaniels and Mrs Gardener
Start and end of the day
School starts at 8.45am and the doors are opened at 8.40am for Early Years staff to meet and greet the children. At 8.55am the main gates are closed and entry can only be gained through the main reception.
Please let us know if someone different will be collecting your child from school, or if you have been held up and will be late to collect. Parents can inform the school of any changes via the home-school communication book, by speaking to Reception staff or a phone call to the office. We are unable to release any child into the care of anyone we are not confident has your authority.
Please check your child’s book bag daily and write any messages in the Home-school Book.
Learning to Read is one of the most important skills that children are taught in the first few years of school and parent help with this can make all the difference!
In Reception, the children are immersed in reading! We have a daily story session and during any teaching sessions and free flow, we grab opportunities to encourage the children to practise their reading skills. We want our children to love books! Reading should be a pleasure and not a chore!
Reading – things you can do:
- Set aside a quiet time (your child’s bedtime is ideal).
- Let your child choose the book
- Sit close together
- Point to the pictures
- Encourage your child to talk about the book
- Most importantly, make it fun!
Phonics is a key element of learning to read and write and we use a programme called Letters and Sounds to ensure that children are taught letter-sound correspondences in a systematic and structured way. The children have a daily phonics teaching session and an independent ‘must do’ phonics challenge.
The lessons are practical, fun and engage the children. See some of the links on this page for resources to support your child at home.
The children also have a daily maths teaching session. As with the phonics, the lessons are extremely practical, using games and songs to engage the children. Problem solving and the use of key vocabulary are essential parts of the learning experience. Key phrases include: “Tell me more!” - “Prove it!” - “What if …”
‘Free Flow’ - Learning through Play
The children have access to both the indoor and outdoor settings during their school day. Activities are planned to ensure there is play with purpose. The staff are always looking to extend the learning taking place by closely observing the children’s interests.
We genuinely value any time that parents, carers, grandparents, uncles and aunties can give to support the children. This doesn’t have to be a regular commitment, a couple of hours here and there would be gratefully received. If you feel you can offer some time, please speak to a member of the Early Years staff.
Water and Fruit
- In Reception, all children receive a piece of fruit a day each day for a mid-morning snack.
- Children are encouraged to drink water as part of our Healthy School agenda and are reminded regularly to drink throughout the day. If there are any issues with this, please speak to a class adult.
- If you would like your child to have milk, you will need to contact the Cool Milk Company; details can be found via the office.