Vision and Aims
A child’s development by age 5 is a strong predictor of how healthy and successful they will be later in life. Our Reception curriculum is designed to enable all pupils to flourish and grow into happy, confident children who are ready to start the next stage of their learning journey in Key Stage 1.
By the end of the year, our aim is that pupils will be able to:
- Read and write full sentences;
- Work confidently with numbers up to 10;
- Form friendships and work as part of a team;
- Manage their own feelings and behaviour;
- Know how to stay safe and healthy at school and at home;
- Try lots of new things!
We assess children’s development throughout Reception with on-going observations of their interactions and play, as well as through more structured learning opportunities, such as reading or writing in small groups with a teacher.
We map each child’s progress using Development Matters, which allows us to identify areas of strength and development, as well as the key next steps for each child. We formally share this information with parents every half term through reports or consultations.
In reception, all of our learning each half term links to a central theme, such as All About Me or Habitats. These topics have been specially chosen to support the children’s development, and provide children with the knowledge they need to not only effectively express their own preferences and experiences, but also to investigate and talk about other people and other places in the world.
Each morning, we study phonics, literacy, and maths, before learning more about our theme in the afternoon during topic. These afternoon lessons encompass a variety of disciplines, including science, geography, and art.
We have the opportunity to go on several exciting trips throughout the year, as well as inviting in specialist groups to teach us certain skills, such as African drumming or Indian dancing.
Collaborating with parents
We know that a child’s parents are their first and most important teachers, and we want to work in partnership with you!
We make ourselves available every day at drop off and pick up so that we can share the day’s events and talk to parents about particular projects or concerns. We run regular workshops showing parents the teaching techniques we use at school so that you can support learning at home as well. We also invite parents in at least once every half term to showcase our great work or simply celebrate together, for example at our Diwali party or fireworks display.