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Learning

Developing the whole child

The happiness and well-being of your child is of paramount importance to us.  We strive to provide an environment where your child feels comfortable and safe and is, therefore, able to gain the most rewarding school experience possible.

A full-time qualified teacher is in charge of each class, aided by a full-time qualified assistant. This enables the children to have individual attention as well as to be taught in small groups. 
The staff get to know each child well during the daily routine and are able to offer guidance and support where needed.  The children are nurtured and cared for so that a bond is formed throughout the year. 
We monitor the progress of each child closely, paying particular attention to helping any child experiencing difficulties and extending those who are more able.  If any specific needs are identified they are discussed with parents and an individual support programme is put in place whenever necessary. 
Each Reception class has a purposeful atmosphere.  Our belief is that children should be exposed to a broad and exciting curriculum.  We enrich and enhance each and every school day to make it as interesting and challenging as possible.  We also encourage all children to explore topics of special interest to them. 
By the end of the Reception year your child will be expected to gain all the Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage Profile, which encompasses seven areas of learning as detailed below.  Children will also progress to the Year One objectives of the National Curriculum for England.

Personal, social and emotional development

Personal, social and emotional development covers confidence, hygiene, independence, respect and cultural awareness.  This area of learning encourages children to have sensitivity to others’ feelings and teaches pupils how to organise themselves and their belongings.

Communication and language

Communication and language develops pupils’ verbal communication skills through discussions, conversations and role-play in small and large groups.  In turn, this encourages effective listening skills. Children’s abilities to follow instructions are developed, alongside skills in answering questions about their own experiences and proficiency in responding to stories or events.  This area of learning also gives the children the opportunities to express themselves effectively.

Literacy

Literacy is about learning how to read and write.  Reading ranges from recognising letters of the alphabet, through important words such as pupils’ own names, into developing a love of books through sharing stories, rhymes and poems.  We undertake a very structured and intense phonics programme, with emphasis on sound recognition from the very first day when the children start with us. Writing covers letter formation, copying of adults’ writing and using phrases independently to form sentences.

Mathematics

Mathematics involves being able to count, recognise and compare numbers as well as a development of mathematical language.  It aids problem solving skills and also includes the exploration of everyday objects and shapes, using mathematical language for accurate description.

Understanding the world

Understanding the world encourages the development of an enquiring mind and the exploration of living things and objects, both natural and man-made.  The children are also exposed to Information Technology in the form of computers, interactive white boards, programmable toys, audio players, voice recorders and digital cameras.

Physical development

Physical development ranges from control and co-ordination in movement to manipulation of buttons and buckles. It also includes developing an awareness of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. We offer both indoor and outdoor opportunities for physical activities.  The children have a gym lesson once a week where they are taught many skills such as balance, climbing, control, spatial awareness and dance.  Specialist sports teachers take the children for sports lessons twice a week in the playground, teaching a range of ball skills, hockey, tennis, football, throwing and catching, dribbling and hitting. Once a week, children can also choose to learn ballet or karate.

Expressive arts and design

Expressive arts and design allows children to express their ideas, feelings and preferences with all their senses.  It involves singing, making music, dancing and moving expressively, as well as using a variety of materials, tools and techniques in creative work.  This area of learning allows children to experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function.