Welcome to Reception
Our teacher is Mrs Grainger. Mrs Conaboy and Mrs Newby 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.
WOW! What an exciting half term it has been in Reception! After finding our classroom in a huge mess one morning, we decided to check our ‘classroom cameras’. We discovered that there had been dinosaurs in our classroom! The children have loved looking for dinosaur clues indoors and out, and the dinosaur visit inspired some fantastic writing.
If dinosaurs weren’t exciting enough, we had another visitor to our outdoor area!! A blackbird has decided to use our shed to build her nest and we discovered that there were 5 eggs in it. The children thought it was a good idea to make posters to warn people not to go too close or to bang on the shed! On Monday we discovered that 4 chicks had hatched, the 5th one a couple of days later. Mammy bird is doing a great job at protecting them…and the children are doing a great job at making sure the area stays safe.
Reception had a fabulous walk around Esh Winning for the start of our “Operation Esh Winning” project. We saw lots of different houses, including bungalows, terraces and semi-detached houses. We found shops and services in the centre and even found the park! We were very sad to see the amount of litter and dog poo in the park and some children would like to improve this – more on this exciting idea later! On the way back we went to the Aged Miners Homes and looked at the statue commemorating the miners from the village – we all want to find more out about mining! We even went past a few houses we knew very well! The children were a credit to the school today and we look forward to taking them out later in the term.
What an AMAZING day in Reception! Mrs Grainger spotted a rabbit tail and a pair of pointy ears yesterday as she walked down the corridor. The hunt for the Easter bunny had begun! The children made posters to display around school asking for people to keep their eyes open for the carrot thief! They stopped everyone they saw to ask if they had seen the Easter bunny – Year One even set a carrot trap in the field at lunchtime to help! After attendance assembly, the children spotted a trail of carrots – that took them to Mr Johnson’s garden. There they found a letter from the Easter bunny and there were some delicious treats to find. We all had a fabulous time today and have not stopped smiling (or looking for the bunny). Have a wonderful Easter holidays everyone, see you in two weeks!
Reception are having a snow day! Lots of building, throwing and even painting the snow today. The children are having a marvellous time – especially as they have been promised hot chocolate to warm up!