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.
Age appropriate book lists can be found a www.booksfortopics.com
Here is a printable list for Reception: Reception book list
Foundation Stage Leader – Mrs Caramelo
Teacher – Mrs Caramelo
Support – Miss Ali
Teacher – Mrs Last
Support – Miss Ruff / Mrs Jayamanna
Supporting both classes
Mr Wallace – PE
Mrs Flatt – Music
Doors open: 8:50am
Doors close: 9:00am (after 9am – please sign in at the office)
Finish: 2:50pm – 3:05pm
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 will spend most of the day engaging in learning through play which we call CIL time (child-initiated play) both inside and outside the classroom. There may be adult directed activities throughout the day which can be completed in a small group or independently. Throughout the day there are additional sessions of P.E., Music and PSHE.