Wood Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S65HN
We aim to create a friendly, happy, purposeful and orderly environment in which children can develop their abilities to the full. We are concerned with all aspects of the child's development and provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets their individual needs and rates of progress.
The Teachers in Reception are Mrs Ledger and Mrs Bollands. The Teaching Assistants are Mrs Hinchliffe, Mrs Read and Mrs Beard. Mrs Gilman also now works with us in the mornings.
We organise our learning into many themes including:
Magic Dinosaurs Pirates Superheroes
In Reception, we work from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We continue our play-based learning as well as taking part in small group, adult-led activities. Our teachers observe us and decide best how to move our learning forwards by joining in with our play and adding resources that we are interested in into the areas of provision. We engage in play both inside the classroom and in the outside area to develop our skills in Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
We encourage children to engage with activities that develop all these key areas in order to inspire and create a love of learning. We assess the Characteristics of Learning of each child to ensure all children are becoming independent, explorative and willing to ‘have a go’ at lots of new activities and experiences. We introduce themes to interest the children and create a love of learning, which change according to the children’s interests.
In Reception, we are preparing for school life so we take part in some assemblies and begin phonics teaching and small group guided reading. Each day we will have a short Maths and Literacy session with our class groups and then we practise these skills throughout the shared Reception provision.
Your child also now has an online learning journal 'Tapestry' which you will have your own personal log in for. You can see what they have been doing at school and help them with their 'next steps' and also show us what they have been doing at home!
We also encourage the children to bring their Home School Contact Books in on a daily basis and place them in their work baskets. This is so we can record any reading they have done at school and you can also record any reading they do at home with you (this does not just have to be school reading books but can include anything eg library books, magazines, posters etc.)
We also now have a fantastic new garden area which includes sand, water and a mud kitchen so it would be helpful if you are able to provide your child with a pair of wellies and a waterproof suit or similar if possible.
We will set a homework challenge for each theme which we hope you will enjoy completing with your child.
Our new theme is Minibeasts.