Reception Transition

We can't wait to welcome all the new pupils to reception in September 2024. Please see the induction process below.

Over the coming terms, the reception teachers and SENCo will be working closely with pre-schools to meet the children where possible and to build a picture of the children's academic and social development.

June 2024

A Parents Induction meeting will be held on Thursday 20th June 2024 at 4.30 pm in the school hall. At this meeting, you will be given information about starting school and the year ahead. You will have the opportunity to meet the reception teachers, teaching assistants, headteacher and SENCo. This meeting is for adults only, if you do have to bring a child with you then there will be a creche available during this time.

July 2024

Home visits- These visits will take place on Tuesday 9th July 2024. The teacher will come to your house to meet you and your child. This meeting will last around 10 minutes. During this time, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and your child will be able to complete a small activity. We will send out a letter with your date and time slot soon.

In July we will be inviting your child to a stay and play session at school where your child can come and meet their teachers, teaching assistant, new classmates and see their new classroom. These will take place on:

Tuesday 2nd July 2024 at 9 am-11.30 am

Wednesday 17th July 2024 at 9 am-11.30 am

Autumn Term 2024

Week Beginning 2nd September 2024

We will invite you and your child into school for a personal appointment with your child's class teacher and teaching assistant. These appointments will last around 15 minutes. We will send a letter out with your time slot.

Week Beginning 9th September 2024

The children will then have a week of mornings only at school. The children will need to be dropped off at 8.45 am and will be picked up at 12.15 pm.

Week Beginning 16th September 2024

The children will then have a week of morning and have their lunch at school. The children will need to be dropped off at 8.45 am and will be picked up at 1.00 pm

Week Beginning 23rd September 2024

On Monday 23rd September 2024, all children will be in school full time unless otherwise agreed.

If you have any questions about your child starting school, however big or small, please do not hesitate to contact us.

EYFS Curriculum

Learning Through Play

In the Early Years, learning takes place through carefully planned, play-based learning opportunities, both inside the classroom and also in our specially designated outdoor area. The EYFS curriculum has been designed with seven areas of learning and development in mind. These seven areas of learning are grouped into two strands, ‘prime’ and ‘specific’.

The Three Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

These lay down the foundation for all children’s learning, ensuring that children are able to relate to others, communicate effectively, and engage with their environment. The prime areas are dependent on each other and are universal in that they occur within all cultures and social backgrounds.

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

The Four Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

These can be introduced flexibly but cannot be developed alone; they build on the development gained through the prime areas. The specific areas reflect individual children’s life experiences, including their cultural and social background. Practitioners will be able to plan for children’s next steps in the specific areas through their observations and knowledge of children’s likes, dislikes, and through regular feedback and communication from families.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Alongside these seven areas of learning and development, the EYFS curriculum focuses on the way children learn. This is called The Characteristics of Effective Learning. Roughly speaking, they tell us that children are learning when they are:

  • Playing and Exploring: How engaged they are in an activity.
  • Active Learning: How motivated they are.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically: How they develop their thinking.

The essence of this curriculum will still be fundamental to your child’s learning, but the way in which staff prioritise each area will also reflect the way in which some children may have been impacted by the lockdown period and the rules of social distancing. There will be an even greater emphasis on the prime areas of learning, particularly personal, social and emotional development and well-being.

Play will still be a critical tool at this time to allow children to act out and make sense of what they have experienced over the last few months and how they have seen people’s behaviour change.

EY staff will be warm, responsive, and sensitive to what they observe in play and respond with appropriate talk and questioning. Even if there are distancing and resource limitation rules in place in September, settings will be able to provide calm, safe spaces for talk and reflection.

Of course, school is a different environment to the home. EY staff will skillfully help children read, just by gradually introducing routine and structure to the day as the term progresses.

If you have any questions, please continue to communicate with the school through the links on this website.