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Robins & Wrens

I love being in Reception because I made new friends. 

We have lots of adventures and mysteries to solve! 

Welcome to Reception

We are a Reception unit, combining two class groups - the Robins, taught by Miss Brown and the Wrens, taught by Mrs Pearson and Mrs Sellars. Mrs Laws is our Nursery Nurse and works across the two classes. 

This year, we are 'early adopters' of the new Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and profile (end of year assessment) before it becomes statutory in 2021. 

Our curriculum which involves a balance of child-led learning through play and adult-directed activities. Our indoor classroom is zoned into areas such as role play, a message centre (mark-making), a sensory/messy play area, a creation station, loose parts play, a construction zone, reading area and small world area. Outdoor learning opportunities are also part of our everyday provision and we have access to a newly developed outdoor area which has a quiet zone with a storytelling chair, den building zone, large construction area, stage, large art zone, water and sand play, mud kitchen with pulley, imaginative play den and moveable physical play blocks. We operate a workshop approach, allowing children to access a range of resources independently to pursue their own fascinations. We then enhance the zoned areas to support and extend learning, linked to children's interests and projects we are following. 

We use high quality, engaging books and poems as the basis for our projects. This year we have covered Journeys, Pets, Sticks, Space, Superheroes, When I Grow Up, Staying Healthy, Our World and we also plan things linked to the children's own interests. 

For further information on our curriculum and how you can support your child at home, please see 'What to Expect, When' produced by Action for Children and the Department for Education. 

Please can all children have suitable clothing to learn outdoors in school at all times, including a pair of wellington boots. 

Homework (Reading)

In Reception, reading books are closely aligned to the sets of sounds that we teach the children (phonics). As soon as children start school they will bring home a reading book. We encourage you to share this with your child as regularly as you can for 10-15 minutes at a time; daily if possible. Children's confidence to read to you will develop as their skills grow. Listening to stories is just as important to develop children's vocabulary and language skills. Don't limit this to the books they bring home - share a range of books, magazines, stories, information books and poems. 

Once we start phonics lessons, we send home a sheet containing the sounds of the week so that parents know how we have taught it. It includes the sound (phoneme), how it is written (grapheme), words it is used in, a picture cue and a song. Revising these at home will help your child to develop their phoneme-grapheme recognition - important skills in reading and writing.

Reading books will be changed on Tuesdays and Fridays to allow them to be quarantined for a sufficient amount of time. Please put your reading book and reading record into the class box in the morning if you would like it to be changed.

Click here for more information on reading. 

Physical Development & P.E. 

In the EYFS, we develop children's gross (large) and fine (small) motor skills through a range of physical opportunities provided both indoors and outdoors. We cover spatial awareness, negotiating space, ball skills, ways of travelling, learning to throw and catch with precision, manipulating small resources to achieve a goal and developing an effective pencil grip. All of this can be covered during our usual provision; therefore, we do not start formal P.E. lessons until later in the school year. We will advise parents when this will commence. 

Trips and Visits

In Reception, we enrich the children's learning through a range of trips, visits and visitors into school. For example, this year we have explored our local area with a walk to the local post box to post some letters and to Woodston Library. Wood Green Animal Shelter came in to help us learn how to looks after pets and Railworld visited to teach us about how our school site used to be used to transport sugar beet on the railways. We visit Sacrewell Farm around Christmas time and have another trip in the Summer Term. These can change each year depending on our learning projects. 

Class Assemblies and Performances

Christmas Production:  At Christmas, all children in the phase perform a nativity, full of songs and dances. Please don’t miss it!  

 Class Assemblies :  In the Spring and Summer terms, we will present a class assembly to the parents/carers. Look out for the dates!