Welcome to Reception
The Foundation Stage is what we call the early years of education; the time spent in a Nursery and in the Reception class. It is exactly what it says, a foundation for future learning. Most of the time it won’t feel like learning, the children see it as fun and an extension of their play. There are seven broad areas of learning in the Foundation Stage. These inform planning and teaching and promote learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’. The areas also give children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Science Week in Reception
For science week we tested cars on ramps, mixed colours, looked at magnetic materials, drew ourselves, experimented with floating and sinking and made minibeasts out of play dough.
‘Farm to Fork’ visit to Tesco
Christmas in Class 1
Reception visited St Pauls
Class 2 Forest School
Class 2 with Stage Arts
"The children in the Nursery class and those in the Reception classes make outstanding progress and have an excellent start to school life” Ofsted Report, July 2011
Class 2 activities
Class 1 – lunch with buddy
Our work and projects
Teaching in Reception is based on the 7 areas of learning:
The prime areas are Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Our specific areas are Maths, Literacy, Knowledge and Understanding and Expressive Arts and Design. The curriculum also covers RE, music and computing. See Curriculum for more details.
A lot of fun comes from playing games and a lot of maths learning can take place at the same time. It is important that young children are aware of numbers from an early age and that they have fun with numbers in a relaxed atmosphere. See more in the maths workshop pdf above. In Reception you could try:
- Finding the maths in a game of Snakes and Ladders
- Recognising number patterns on a dice
- Encouraging 1 to 1 correspondence – count the jumps
- Recognising numbers to 100
- Understanding place value – hundreds, tens and units
- Comparing numbers – more, less, higher, lower
- Directional vocabulary – left, right, up, down
- Size vocabulary – big, long, small, longer, shorter
- Addition – counting on number on dice from number where counter is
- Difference between 2 numbers – how much further ahead is one player from another
- Ordinal vocabulary – who has come first, second, third etc.
The children do a focused activity each day called ‘Fidgety Fingers’ linked to the Reception areas of learning. They either work independently or with an adult. They also do CIL (“CHIL” – Child Initiated Learning) on a daily basis, where they choose structured activities linked to their learning.
Forest school – in Reception, children do forest school once every half-term. You will be advised of dates in advance.
For more information about our day, please see the Reception Welcome Letter and the Reception Calendar above.
“…the Early Years Foundation Stage is exceptionally well led and managed.” Ofsted Report, July 2011