Reception/ Year 1
Class Teacher & Early Years Leader – Miss Wilcock
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Whitehouse & Mrs Boden
During the school year, 2020-21, Reception and Year 1 are a mixed aged class. We made this decision in light of the Covid-19 crisis in order to offer each child the opportunity to catch up on possible missed learning at their own pace. Children are taught based on their current level of need and next steps are planned for accordingly across key stage one.
In Reception children are exposed to a more formal, yet still play-based curriculum led by Miss Wilcock, our EYFS Lead. The ‘mini missions’ act as a vehicle to submerge our children into magical lands of learning, where children can feel supported by adults and their environment but are encouraged to achieve independence in learning.
Children begin each ‘mini mission’ with a transformed classroom which could be one of a thousand, child led ideas. These ideas range from a deep sea den lit by torchlight to a fantastical castle designed to inspire story writing and to spark the imagination of every child.
Across the Reception year we work with uncompromisingly high expectations to ensure essential skills, such as Maths, Phonics and Reading, are successfully embedded. We use rigorous assessment methods to ensure every child has an exceptionally high level of school readiness to aid smooth and fully supported transitions into Year 1. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to guide our assessment by contributing towards observations using our Tapestry app and through home learning activities.
Throughout Early Years, our learning is supported by a highly engaging and well organised outdoor environment. Children benefit from their engagement in large gross motor activities preparing their muscles for that all important dexterity needed to become a fluent writer. These environments are surrounded by extensive playing fields, allotments and Forest school.
We aim to nurture a deep understanding and respect for natural places along with developing the children’s confidence and self- esteem through hands on learning.
We hope that this gives you an insight into our bright, engaging and welcoming Early Years provision and would welcome showing you around at a time that suits you.