About the Staff

Welcome to RH, RS and RL, our three reception classes. Mrs Hill is the teacher in RH, supported by Mrs Richardson; Mrs Seymour is the teacher in RS, supported by Mrs Mahood and Miss Lambert is the teacher in RL, supported by Mrs Fleetwood. Mrs Logue supports individual children.  We look forward to welcoming your child into their first year of school.

 Introduction to the Year

We welcome the children to school with the topic ‘All about me’ to help the transition into school life. All our topics are based around the seven areas of learning below and the children’s interests.

Characteristics of effective learning:

The three characteristics of effective learning comprise playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. The characteristics describe the different ways children learn rather than what they learn. They are lifelong characteristics which are critical for building children’s capacity for future learning.

The Areas of Learning and Development:

Within the Early Years Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected.

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Things to know about Year R

Children are encouraged to read daily at home to support the learning they do in class. Reading books and home learning activities around numbers and phonic sounds are also sent home in children’s book bags. Children do daily phonics sessions where they learn the pure sounds, the letter or groups of letters make, enabling them to sound out words to write and blend sounds to read.