RECEPTION CLASS

When we think of a Reception Class we envisage children playing, painting, dressing up and role-play, cutting and sticking, drawing pictures and sharing stories. 

Our Reception Class reflects the same activities, but while the children are playing we are helping them develop their  independence skills and expand their creative minds.  We are teaching them how to work together through sharing and collaboration.  The series of activities the children partake in results in each child learning how to read, write and count.

THIS EXCITING NEW JOURNEY BEGINS AS SOON AS THE CHILDREN WALK THROUGH THE DOOR...

Reception Class is where our children have the opportunity to try new activities, discover their independence, and grow and shine as individuals.

While each childs’ learning journey will be unique, they will all be one of exploration, growth and development. 

All areas of the Reception classroom allow for child led learning.  Children can express their creativity using the tools to hand.  We allow the children to initiate their own learning which encourages independent thinking and inspires confidence. 

Through observation we uncover the children's interests, and then enhance their learning by providing relevant resources and experiences to allow them to explore each aspect of the

EYFS 7 Areas of Learning. 

These are: -

 

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design

Group activities - like phonics – are also delivered in a fun and interactive way and tailored to the children’s individual stage of development. 

CHILDREN IN RECEPTION CLASS LEARN WITHOUT REALISING THEY'RE LEARNING.

Let’s give you an example.

Tom loves astronauts. He enjoys stories about astronauts, TV programmes and would like to wear an astronaut costume to school if he could!  We discovered this interest during phonics when Tom excitedly recognises ‘a’ is for astronaut.

So, from identifying Tom’s interest in astronauts he uses his imagination to make up space stories, creates puppet shows and shares his knowledge with the class during Circle Time. 

Tom uses scissors and glue to cut out space images and create his own picture.  He practises his fine motor skills and phonic knowledge by trying to write space words like ‘sun’ and ‘moon’.  Tom then uses rockets and spacemen figures to count and add.  He uses the tablet to watch a space shuttle take off!

Tom has developed all of these skills through following his own interests in a practical and interactive way.  Through a balance of child initiated and adult guided tasks we ensure that the children’s learning is fun and engaging.

THE SCHOOL DAY

At the beginning of the school day our Reception Class Teacher personally greets the class at the Reception classroom door, making the transition from parent to teacher smooth.  The class Teacher is always available in the morning and at the end of the day for a quick chat.

The children self-register by writing their names and they begin their own learning straight away. 

The atmosphere in the classroom is relaxed but purposeful. 

Every day two helpers are chosen to return the register to the office and lead the class out to play. 

With a routine in place the children quickly become accustomed to knowing how to behave and what to expect from their day at St. Thomas Garnet’s school.

PARENTS ARE KEPT WELL INFORMED OF THEIR CHILD'S LEARNING AND EXPERIENCES.

On a daily basis a whiteboard is placed outside the classroom and updated so parents can see what activities their child may have participated in.

Once a term on a Friday afternoon, between 3.00-3.30pm, the Class Teacher opens the classroom to parents and guardians. 

Every week parents receive an online diary update featuring photographs and details of some highlights of the week in Reception class. 

Very much led by the pupils, the children have the opportunity to show their family around their classroom and explain what they do at school.  This is extremely popular and gives parents a real insight into their child’s learning and experiences at school.

Additionally, each child’s learning journey file is available in the classroom for parents and guardians to view at any time, as well as at the usual termly parents evenings.

At the start of every term parents and guardians will receive a newsletter detailing the proposed learning and experiences for the term. 

We welcome you to visit our class to see Reception in action!  We are proud of how we learn and make progress.  Come and see how much fun it is!

Reception Class email:   reception@stthomasgarnets.co.uk

School Office:  enquiries@stthomasgarnets.co.uk

Or arrange a visit by completing our CONTACT FORM