Welcome to Reception
Our teachers are Miss Common and Mrs Grainger. Mrs Conaboy and Mr McCauley are our teaching assistants.
Esh Winning’s Foundation Unit’s educational approach emphasises active participatory learning, where learners have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. In our unit children’s interests and choices are at the heart of our ethos. Through interactions with the world and the people around them, we encourage children to construct their own knowledge and ideas. Practitioners offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. Our priority is to support active learning; practitioners expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions. Through supporting and gently extending children’s current level of thinking and understanding (scaffolding), practitioners help children gain knowledge and develop creative problem-solving skills and to solve conflict through the 6 steps of conflict resolution.
Esh Winning’s Foundation Stage Unit follows a comprehensive educational approach that strives to help children develop in all areas. Our goals for young children are:
- To learn through active involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas
- To become independent, responsible, and confident — ready for school and ready for life
- To learn to plan many of their own activities, carry them out, and talk with others about what they have done and what they have learned
- To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social, and physical areas (HighScope 2014)
Through these learning goals children will build upon their experiences and learn through a range of focused activities, child initiated activities and structured play opportunities. Children experience going to the garden carrying out Forest schools activities as well as going on many visits such as the shops, beach and a farm. We also encourage many visitors (Police, firemen, Nurse, Dentist, Chef, and Authors) to come into school to talk to the children inspiring their play opportunities.
During Reception the children are introduced to the concepts of literacy and maths through the ‘Read Write Inc.’ and ‘Maths Makes Sense’ programmes. Basic skills in reading, writing and maths all begin during these practical, engaging and interactive sessions where the children access a wide range of activities to support their learning. Each programme is taught through scaffolding and modelling so that all children feel secure and cement the foundations of their learning step by step.
Over the year we provide a broad and rich curriculum developed around the children in our groups; popular child initiated themes covered recently are: Ourselves, Seasons, Dragons, Castles, Prince and Princesses, People who help us, Dinosaurs, Let’s be builders, Superheroes, Under the sea and Lifecycles. We also read a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar books that link to the interests of the children and to our topics.
You can find out more about Our Curriculum on our website. Click on the links below to see our term topic plans.
Today Reception went on a walk, looking for the signs of Autumn. We saw lots of different coloured leaves and enjoyed running through them. We found the Oak tree that Mrs Grainger said was in the wood. We knew what the leaf looked like and thought we might see some acorns. We made lots of other discoveries including Silver Birch, Willow and lots of different mushrooms. We collected bags and bags of interesting finds which we will be looking at over the next few days. Well done Reception – what a great morning!