In Reception our first aim is to welcome the children into a warm, friendly and supportive environment in which they can learn, play and express themselves.
At the beginning of the year children are given opportunities to develop their confidence in the school routine and form positive relationships with their classmates and all adults that support them throughout the school day.
We offer an Early Years Curriculum that helps the children learn through play and exploration that encourages independence. The Early Years Curriculum features three Prime areas and four Specific areas of learning.
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas and provide important contexts for learning.
During the first term we introduce the children to the 42 phonic sounds and blends that they will learn in Reception. They quickly build on these skills and begin to use their knowledge to develop reading and writing skills throughout the year.
The Mathematics curriculum covers Number and Shape, Space and Measure. The children develop calculation and problem solving skills through practical activities using everyday experiences. They learn to develop and use language skills associated with shape, capacity, time, money and measurements.
Our topic work incorporates the areas of ‘Understanding the World’ and ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ whilst also reinforcing literacy, numeracy, physical and social skills. During the year the children do many fun activities associated with their topic work including a lovely trip to Cannock Chase to be ‘Forest Detectives’, taking part in services at St. Luke’s Church and performing in our Christmas Nativity play.
In the final term we start to prepare the children for their next step in their St. Luke’s journey, ensuring that the transition to Year One is a confident and secure one.
Parents are always welcome to contact the school should a concern or matter arise or otherwise contact teaching staff at the following email addresses:
Mrs A. Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Rachael Steventon: email@example.com