Welcome To Reception

We welcome children into Reception in September. We know that starting school is a big step for both children and parents so we work together to help the children settle in quickly and happily, developing a positive attitude to learning and school.

We work closely together as part of an Early Years Unit and we follow the Foundation Stage Curriculum. Much of what the children do will be based around play. To encourage and support this, they are given time to choose their own activities with adults interacting and helping to ensure that free play is a positive and focused learning experience. There are also planned focused activities to meet specific objectives and extended learning. Activities take place in our three bases: The Forest, The Hive and The Early Years Garden.

Each classroom has opportunities relating to all areas of learning in the Early Years Framework. Larger spaces are given to role-play corners, construction areas and small world areas so the children have plenty of room to play and express themselves. A writing area and a book corner can be found in each classroom with opportunities to engage in literacy activities. Children also have access to puzzles and games, fine motor activities, and maths resources. There are also creative areas, where children can explore and experiment with messy and creative activities and can access playdough, clay, junk modelling and painting.

The Forest is the base room for the Owls and Squirrels, whilst Bumblebees and Ladybirds are based in Hive. All children are able to interact with those in the opposite class when out in the garden.

The Early Years Garden is open during all activity times, regardless of weather conditions (unless outside conditions are unsafe). All of the areas of learning offered inside are reflected on a different scale outside.

All children visit the large playground, adventure playground or school field at the end of the afternoon session. They have the opportunity to use skills equipment and ride-on toys.

We use a range of technology in the setting, including remote control vehicles, Chromebooks, PCs and cameras. We go for regular walks around Chestnut Lane School grounds looking for signs of seasonal changes and observing our local environment.

Reception children have PE lessons with their class teacher lessons every Tuesday and Dance sessions every Friday afternoon with a specialised dance teacher.

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