Teachers: Mrs Karen Green (Mon- Thu) Mrs Anne Smilie (Friday)
Teaching Assistants: Megan Kilpin and Caroline Burgess
Welcome to Reception
At St Blaise children are admitted, usually in the September of the year in which they turn five, into the Oak Class. Statutorily children must attend school from the age of five unless home-schooled. For further information on admissions please see the Policy, under the Policy Tab.
The majority of our children enter school having attended the on-site pre-school, Red Dragon; others come to us from local nurseries. We work closely with Red Dragon to ensure continuity of learning throughout the Early Years. Children benefit especially from our shared knowledge of their skills and needs. This joint planning and collaborative working leads to a smooth transition for children into Reception and an ability to focus quickly on children’s next steps. Planning for, and sharing, our excellent outdoor-learning resource is a particular strength.
A good understanding by staff of the needs of young learners, in particular independent learning, is embedded fully into our EYFS practice. ‘Learning Journeys’, ‘Challenges’ and children evaluating and reviewing work, are particular elements of this practice.
A significant part of the Foundation Stage is to support children to develop the skills to learn. The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ are the ways in which the child engages with others and their environment. They underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner. These characteristics are:
- Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring, playing with what they know, being willing to ‘have a go’;
- Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating, keeping trying, enjoying achieving what they set out to do;
- Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas, making links, choosing ways to do things.
At St Blaise children are awarded Achievosaur Certificates to encourage the development of these characteristics. Click here: Achieveosaurs
Help us to celebrate your child’s achievements: Star-Moments
DO TRY THIS AT HOME – Ideas for you to do with your child to support learning: Tinkerlab
The Early Years curriculum is planned through seven areas of learning these are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making Relationships, Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness, Managing Feelings and Behaviour
- Physical Development: Moving and Handling, Health and Self-care,
- Communication and Language: Listening and Attention, Understanding, Speaking,
- Literacy: Reading, Writing
- Mathematics: Numbers, Shape, Space and Measure
- Understanding the World : People and Communities, The World, Technology
- Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials, Being Imaginative
A close partnership with parents is important to us, to ensure the ‘whole child’ is understood and individual needs are met. For example: Learning Journeys are shared regularly with parents and parents are encouraged to add ‘stars’ to show achievements noticed at home. Termly stay and play sessions and weekly home school diaries are also very successful in supporting our links with parents.
The Early Years policy can be found on our policies page.
PE and physical activity
The children will have PE every Thursday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day and please also ensure that the PE kit is clearly named. If your child has long hair, it must be tied up. If your child wears earrings please supply a roll of micro porous tape so they can be covered. This is essential for health and safety reasons.
Outdoor learning is an important part of the Foundation Stage, it provides endless opportunities for learning about the world around us and the changing seasons. We regularly provide opportunities to learn outdoors in our Science Garden. We will focus on a many areas of the curriculum including Physical Development, Science, Understanding the World, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. We will be going outside all year, whatever the weather, so please make sure your child has wellie boots and a waterproof coat in school. Please also provide a hat, scarf and gloves when the weather turns cold. Remember, there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothes!!! In addition please send your child into school with some old clothes on Wednesdays, we may get muddy in the science garden!
Supporting your child at home
Activities are set on Google Classroom which suggest ways in which you can support your child’s learning at home. Activities will support phonics, counting, reading and there will also be activities related to our topic.
It is really important to share lots of books with your child at home, talk about the story, asking what they liked about the story, talk about the characters and ask what they think might happen next. Good book talk helps develop comprehension skills. Google Classroom will inform parents of how you can support your child with their phonics. Once the children have a knowledge of some simple sounds, they learn to read CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words such as dog, bus, sit… Once the children are confident at blending sounds to read CVC words, we will start to send home some phonics based books. Phonics based books help children practise their decoding skills.