Welcome to the Reception Class Page!
Mrs. Barker (R1 Monday-Thursday)
Mrs. Nadin (R1 Friday)
Miss Probert (R2)
Mrs. Niebieszczanski (R1)
Mrs. Edwards (R2)
Other helpers in Reception:
Mrs. Hush (SEN support)
In Reception we have lots of fun, while we learn through play!
We want your child to enjoy school, because we feel that happy children are ready to learn. We do this by creating a stimulating, fun and educational environment where children can play, explore and investigate in real life situations. We are very keen to ensure your child develops the skills to become an independent learner.
We have a 'free-flow' system, in which we encourage children to choose whether they want to learn indoors or outdoors, and are free to move between the two areas throughout the day.
The Foundation Stage Framework is broken down into three prime areas:
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
Communication and Language
As well as four specific areas;
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
Characteristics of Effective Learning
Playing and exploring – engagement
Active learning – motivation
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
As your child’s first educators the role of the parent is paramount to the successful implementation of the EYFS Curriculum. We want you to be involved at every stage of your child’s learning journey, therefore we have an 'open door' policy, where you can contact one of our Recepetion team members about ANYTHING at ANYTIME! We have a number of systems in place through which you can keep up to date with your child's learning and progress...please see your information packs for more information on this.
You can contact us via email on:
Message us at any time of day or night and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. The Reception Team
A letter from some strange visitors!
On Monday afternoon, Reception heard a loud crash in the outdoor area. When they went our to explore where the crash had come from, they saw what looked like a pile of Space Craft wreckage by the bottom shed. They then found a letter, which read:
We have received some mysterious eggs today!
We have been looking for clues to figure out who they belong to. In our story The Odd Pet there was an animal called a Zog. We are starting to think she may have left them for us...
Have a look. What do you think?
Thank you to all of those parents who were able to attend the phonics and early reading workshop earlier this month. What a fantastic turnout! Remember that the emphasis needs to be on fun, and even us as teachers and early years practitioners are constantly thinking of new ways to ensure that the children have fun whilst they learn 😄
Our children have never shown as much enthusiasm to write as they have this week, when they realised that Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len (from the Julia Donaldson book ‘What the Ladybird Heard’) had escaped from prison and were on the loose!! They wanted to make fake maps to trick the thieves, and they loved creating Wanted posters to put up around the school.
After reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, we asked the children, "If we threw some beans out of the window, would they grow into beanstalks?" and most of the children agreed that they wouldn't! So we decided to plant our own beans to find out. We spoke about what the beans would need to grow into healthy bean plants and we listed our ideas (water, sun, space, soil, air). We did have to explain to the children that, although our beans might grow, they are not 'magic' beans and so probably wouldn't grow into beanstalks overnight, like in the story. We will post pictures of our beans as they germinate...
Have you seen these thieves?
They have stolen objects from our Reception classrooms!
We are searching high and low for them to get back our things! Take a look at the clues they have left behind to see if you can help us! We have been creating WANTED posters to describe what the thieves look like. Please keep your eyes peeled and let us know if you see them!
All Creatures Great and Small
This term (The Spring Term), we are finding out all about animals from across the globe, including those from the Polar Regions, jungles, rainforests, oceans/ponds, and on farms. We will be looking closely at the animals we find in each habitat and why they are adapted to their surroundings.
We are scientists:
1) We discussed the word waterproof, then we investigated which materials were the best for making a roof for a rainforest house.
2) We also predicted how much rainfall would fall over the weekend (20th-21st January) and marked our predictions on the side of a measuring cylinder and left the cylinder in our outdoor learning area. We measured the capacity of water in the measuring cylinder on the Monday to see whose prediction was the best.
We came into the classroom on the morning of the 5th February only to find that the ocean role play corner had been covered in rubbish/litter! We cleared the area, and sorted the rubbish into four piles: metal, plastic, glass and paper for recycling. We noticed that the plastic pile was much larger than the other three piles and that most of the plastic waste was from food packaging. We then spoke about how supermarkets have been set targets to reduce the amount of plastic packaging, and replace with alternatives!!
Following this discussion, we watched some clips on the interactive whiteboard showing the efftects of ocean pollution. It made us feel sad, and talked about what we could do about it.
We have had so much fun in the snow this afternoon! We wrapped up warm and got our wellies on ready for some frosty fun!
Our Wedding Celebration
Today we had a mock wedding. Our handsome Groom Charlie wed the beautiful Bride Isabella. The bride arrived in style in a stunning cream vintage car and the bridesmaids had bunches of colourful flowers. They shared promises to love and care for each other and we all cheered and clapped as they walked down the aisle together.
Here is our wedding photo album.
Celebration topic: Diwali
We have had a wonderful week learning about Diwali the Festival of Light! We have been busy making celebration cards, Diva lamps, Rangoli patterns and Mendhi designs! Have a look at our hard work
Autumn is here!
We have been learning about Autumn. We have explored the environment to see how things have changed and what it is like in Autumn.
Parent Questionnaire comments
Please make sure you read the wonderful comments from our parents last year. We were so lucky to have such supportive parents.
"My child loves praise and thoroughly enjoys being given the responsibility of fruit monitor"
"I love the pictures on the website, seeing them in action"
"I am overwhelmed with the progress my child has made and couldn't have wished for anything better"
"The weekly newsletters are great and really help us to engage the children in what they have been doing; without this we wouldn't know half of what they have been up to...."
"The team are doing a fantastic job, I really value the level of communication we have and in such a variety of different ways..."
"My child loves school, she is so upset when she has to have a day off if she is poorly..."
"Receiving emails at 10pm at night just sums up the teacher's dedication to her class. She is always on hand and is ready to look after my little girl with cuddles or a listening ear"
"My child's teacher greets both parents and children with such warmth"
"My sons reading and writing has greatly improved since being in Reception"
"Year 1 will have a lot to live up to!!"
"It is very impressive to see the documentation of my child's learning progress. The teacher is very hard working and knows my child as well as I do"
"I know my child is getting outstanding teaching and support and we are thoroughly impressed with what she has achieved in such a short space of time in Reception"
"The work that goes into my child's learning journey is phenomenal, the teacher must spend so much of their own time ensuring that these are completed"
Thank you so much for your ongoing support - as our school motto says
" We work together, to learn together, in order to grow together"