The four Reception classes are made up of our Nursery pupils and a small number of new children, each with a fully qualified teacher and specialist teaching assistant. Our small class sizes of around 20 pupils allows us to closely support each child with their learning, encouraging them to progress at their own pace and support them as they embark on their journey through the Foundation.
A Broad Curriculum
The children follow a varied, topic-based curriculum that encompasses the themes and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is carefully balanced with the need to prepare the children for formal learning as they move through school.
We follow Read, Write, Inc, a structured phonics scheme that enables us to teach children to their own ability and ensure progress for all.
We also recognise the importance of play as a way of learning and children have access to a large range of resources both in and out of the classroom. We want the children to enjoy coming in to Reception every day, to develop a love of learning, but most of all have lots of fun!
We encourage close links with our parents including contributions to the Learning Journals and homework. The communication between home and school is key and parents are able to talk to us at the beginning and end of the school day. We make use of our Wow and House cards to celebrate learning outside the classroom.
Real-life Learning Experiences
Broadening the children’s experiences is important and educational visits such as our visit to Ryton Pools and Warwick Arts Centre are planned into the curriculum, providing important learning opportunities. We also involve the outside community in our learning and enjoy visits from the Fire Service, Police, Guide Dogs and various other services as part of our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic – a firm favourite with the children.