Welcome to Reception
Our teachers are Miss Common and Mrs Grainger. Mrs Conaboy and Mrs Newby are our teaching assistants. We also have Mrs Taylor as our lunchtime supervisor.
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
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.
10/11/17 – Music is very important in Reception and the children enjoy moving their bodies to the beat!
9/11/17 – The mud kitchen is very popular in Reception. Many things are cooked here: birthday cakes, biscuits, pizzas and even a Sunday Roast.
8/11/17 – Here a pupil is using the mop to practice her sounds. This is strengthening her muscles in preparation for being a fabulous writer.
6/11/17 – Here a pupil is showing the rocket he designed for Bonfire Night. He loved selecting and his own materials. We are very proud!
31/10/17 – We had a wonderful Halloween day in Reception. All the children came into school dressed in their Halloween costumes and did lots of Halloween related activities. Here we are measuring broomsticks with multilink. We ended the day with a disco and party food.
30/10/17 – Reception have opened their own hair salon, Unique Creations. They make appointments, look after clients and create wonderful hairstyles. All children love working in or visiting the salon.
22/10/17 – We are working hard to develop our fine motor skills which will help us with our handwriting. Here we are using our new string boards.
16/10/17 – Here we are using our trundle wheel to measure the chalk lines we drew. We have lots of maths resources in our maths cupboard which we can access whenever we please.
2/10/17 – All of reception now enjoy our school dinners. We can now go to the front on our own, collect our tray and cutlery and select our own meals. We carry our dinners back to our tables by ourselves. Well done Reception!
27/9/17 – We love working together in the creative area. Here we are creating a beautiful whole class mural. We try hard to share resources and help our friends.
22/9/17 – Today we were carefully looking at our faces and painting our features.
20/9/17 – We always have access to our indoor and outdoor water tray, but the provision changes every day!
You can find out more about Our Curriculum on our website. Click on the links below to see our term topic plans.