Winning House Team
Welcome to Reception
We create calm, inviting and engaging learning environments, carefully designed to meet the needs of our children at each new stage of their learning journey.
We take inspiration from the ‘Reggio Emilia’ approach, providing rich and stimulating learning environments. Our spaces are light and neutral to allow the children’s creations to take centre stage.
Resources are natural and open-ended to promote creativity and allow them to be used in a range of purposeful ways. Staff carefully plan each area to ensure that the resources promote endless learning opportunities.
Child Led Learning
Free flow learning sessions make up the largest part of a child’s day. These sessions are child led to ensure each and every child reaches their full potential in a fun, engaging and relevant way that is personalised to them.
Child led learning ensures all children are motivated to learn and show high levels of involvement and engagement. Learning in this way provides children with the time to explore, investigate, and experiment. They problem solve and work out things out for themselves, which develops deeper understanding of their learning processes.
Parents and carers are crucial in supporting staff to identify areas of interest for each child and in supporting their next steps, by completing activities at home.
Our children have access to the outdoor area throughout the whole day. The benefits to learning outdoors are huge and provide children with a wide range of opportunities to collaborate, problem solve, take risks and make links between their ideas. We play outside in all weathers. It would be beneficial if your child has a pair of wellies and a waterproof coat or puddle suit to wear on wet days. These can also be kept in school.
Tapestry - Individual Online Learning Journals
We encourage regular dialogue between home and school on Tapestry so we can support each other in ensuring each child reaches their full potential.
Staff will regularly post pictures, videos and comments about a child’s learning in school. There will be next steps and home learning challenges for children to complete at home.
Please support your child by completing these activities and posting pictures and comments to show this. We love to see all of the family activities you are doing at home and spend time in school looking through these with your child. They provide a lovely starting point for valuable conversations about their home lives and ideas for staff to plan new resources to support what you are doing at home, when they are at school.
The Early Years Curriculum
Our curriculum is broad and has 7 Areas of Learning. These are split into Prime and Specific Areas
Prime Areas of Learning
Specific Areas of Learning
Reading helps children access all areas of learning so we would ask that you read with your child for 5 to 10 minutes daily – or as close to this as possible as we completely appreciate that sometimes life is busy and the children are tired. We would also encourage you to read stories to your child and share books with them.
Your support in extending your child’s learning outside of school is really valued. This could be as simple as discussing the colour of leaves in autumn to looking at house numbers when out for a walk. Try to make learning informal and part of everyday life.
We love to hear about learning at home and encourage you to post on Tapestry and bring into school anything you wish to add to your child’s learning journey book.
Your child will have weekly PE lessons, on Wednesdays. However, we encourage PE kits to be in school from Monday until Friday as you never know when our learning might lead us to something exciting that requires their PE kits!
Physical development is a very important part of learning in Reception (no matter what the weather) and children need to have both appropriate PE kits for every session. Indoor kit: White T-shirt, blue shorts
Outdoor kit: White T-shirt, blue jogging bottoms/leggings, blue hoodie/zipped jumper, trainers/black pumps. Please could all items be labelled with your child's name.
Useful websites for Parents
Please find a list of websites that you may find useful in helping you and your child to learn about phonics. Games and fun activity websites are also included:
Home reading - Ruth Miskin Phonics Training - Information and resources to support phonics learning at home
www.ictgames.co.uk/literacy.html- fun games for the children to play
First School Years - Free Worksheets and Resources - fun games for the children to play
BBC Bitesize - many games to play covering all areas of the curriculum
A useful video demonstrating how to pronounce sounds correctly.