At Oldswinford C.E. Primary school we believe that the children’s time in Foundation Stage, the Reception class, is one of the most important times in their school life. This lays the foundation for their learning and development for the rest of their education. We work hard to nurture and care for the children and seek to make school an enjoyable and exciting place to be.
There are seven main areas of learning which are split into prime areas of :
Then we have ;
Each area of learning is implemented through planned purposeful play. This takes place through a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities. Play is so essential to help children relate to others, build their confidence, explore their surroundings, and think critically.
The progress the children make is assessed by 17 Early learning Goals.
What to expect in Reception
We have daily maths and phonics sessions, and talk for writing and kinetic letters most days. There will be a workshop in the Autumn term to show some of what we do.
The children have two P.E. sessions each week, Wednesdays and Fridays, so please make sure the children have had their earrings removed on those days.
All children learn at different rates so we differentiate our experiences so all can learn effectively. Parents/Carers will be sent a dojo link so they can see weekly updates and photos of what the children are currently learning and experiencing. Always helpful when a child replies ‘we just played’, to a question about their day!
When children start school, they are given a book with no words, until they learn to blend letters together to make words. They are also given a card with the first list of high frequency words to learn. More lists appear as time goes in and the children learn to recognise them.
We will give you a water bottle which will be left in school for us to refill, then sent home on Fridays to wash thoroughly. Please remember to pop it back on Monday mornings.
These are some pictures of the areas in Reception which are in our two rooms which the children access straight away in the morning.
This is the Understanding the World area where children can explore, feel and touch a variety of objects.
This is the Worship area where we add to our class worship book each week and make time to stop and think about the values we have been taught in R.E. or in general class discussion times.
The Role play area is always a favourite, and changes with the change of topics. It had to be a farm this September of course to link with our Farm topic.
We always have books associated with the topics for children to explore.
Here we have the indoor and the outdoor Maths area where children can come to find out about numbers, shape and counting.
We have a cosy reading area where children can meet to share a book with a friend or an adult. They can read inside and outside.
Our art area is where budding artists can come and express themselves with work being placed on the walls in frames and hung on the washing lines for all to see.
There is a Snack area which children can access all day. There is water to drink and a variety of fruit and vegetables to try. It is also a great social space to have a chat.
Our outdoor area is an extension and enhancement of the learning that takes place inside. We have been blessed with money from the PTA last year which has made a huge impact on the learning outside. We are currently working on developing a forest play area in the garden, and doing some planting.
The construction area is a great favourite where children can let their imaginations run wild.
We have a music area to explore songs and sound. Listening to the children sing is quite a treat and we soon learn what parents are listening to at home!
The children often use the instruments on the stage and invite us to a show.
The sandpit is a wonderful place to play and enjoy. We also have a water tray, guttering and funnels which is excellent for problem solving.
There is an understanding the world area, a place to find magnifying glasses and mirrors and lots of equipment to discover with.
The maths and writing areas have a variety of equipment to draw and write, with lots of numbers and letters to find and use.
We have a creative area with malleable materials available like playdough, and lots to cut and stick.
Our prayer cross is where children can place a thought underneath and sit and think.
This term our topic will be ‘Farms’. We will be talking about farm animals, their young and their produce. We will be thinking about farm vehicles and what is produced on the farm, linked with Harvest. We are planning to visit ‘Little Owl Farm’ with the children on Friday 11th October.
We will start recognising and counting numbers, looking also at shape, space and measure.
We will spend a lot of time helping the children get to know each other socially and get used to routines and how the day works.
If you need to ask anything just have a word at the beginning of the day as you come into the classroom, or when all the children have been dismissed at the end of the day.
We are looking forward to an exciting term.
The Reception team- Mrs Roberts, Miss Thomas, Miss Carton and Mrs Hardy.