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 Beard and Miss Matthewson.
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.
We also have a fantastic new garden and outdoor 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 also love to go exploring on our Wednesday Walks so we would appreciate it if you could ensure your child comes dressed in a suitably warm coat, especially in the Autumn and Winter months.
In Reception we have a short Maths and Literacy session with our class groups and then we practise these skills throughout the shared Reception provision. We follow the White Rose Maths Scheme and the Read, Write Inc Phonics Scheme. If you would like to support your child at home then you can access these via the home learning pages on the website links below:
Your child 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! Due to the current situation with COVID-19 we have introduced 'blended' learning so that any children who are self-isolating still have access to the same learning opportunities at home as they would if they were at school. We would really appreciate it if you could take some photos of their home learning and upload onto their Tapestry journals for us to see.
Your child has the opportunity to borrow class library books to share with you at home and they are free to change them whenever they are ready for a new one. These books are initially story books for you to read to them but as the year progresses they will be able to bring home some books that they can read themselves. We usually encourage the children to bring their Home-School Contact Books in on a daily basis and place them in their work baskets. However, once again due to the current situation, this is not possible so it would help us greatly if you could put any photos of your child sharing story books with you on Tapestry and also any other comments/questions you have can be added too and we will do our best to answer them.
We will set a homework challenge for each theme which we hope you will enjoy completing with your child.