Robins Class have been enjoying our new topic Growing and Changing. This week as Spring seems finally to have arrived, we have been planting in the raised beds behind our classroom. So far we have planted lettuce seeds (to link to the story of Rapunzel), onions sets, garlic, and seed potatoes. We will plant other things as the weather continues to warm up.
(In Reception Year children follow the Early Years Curriculum. This Curriculum covers 7 areas of learning and development. These areas are broken down into various aspects.
|Area of Learning and Development||Aspect|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Making relationships|
|Self-confidence and self-awareness|
|Managing feelings and behavior|
|Physical Development||Moving and handling|
|Health and self-care|
|Communication and Language||Listening and attention|
|Shape, space and measure|
|Understanding the World||People and communities|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Exploring and using media and materials|
The Prime Areas are of primary importance as they impact on all the Specific areas and lay the building blocks for children’s development as successful learners. Through a range of practical activities, active and purposeful play and talk, pupils develop important social, emotional and communication skills and other basic concepts needed for their later learning.
We provide a rich and stimulating environment using both our indoor and outdoor areas. A balance of child initiated (free choice) activities and those planned or led by adults are offered.
Willow Yr 1 ‘A long time ago women couldn’t get to choose to do some things’
We have been learning about Wangari Mathai, a Kenyan women who enlisted the help of women all over her country to plant and nurture 30 million trees to combat the serious environmental problem of deforestation. Although she was told by government officials that women could not plant trees, she showed great dedication and achieved her dream of making Kenya green again through her Green Belt Movement. She won the Nobel peace prize for her achievements. We decided that to commemorate her efforts and also to celebrate the centenary of women in our country getting the vote, we would plant and nurture our own Silver Birch tree.
We link the 7 Areas of Learning through a Topic that changes each term and develops according to the children’s emerging interests. To bring our Topic to life we often have guest speakers and also arrange off site trips.
First and foremost we aim to support children to feel safe and happy at school. Reception children are allocated a Year 6 ‘Buddy’ who looks after them. We also regularly work together with the children in Owls Class, thus ensuring a smooth transition to Year 1 and Year 2. We work in close partnership with families, valuing the enormous contribution that parents and carers make in supporting their children’s learning at home.
Starting in Reception
Starting school is a very important time for you, your child and the school. We all need to work together to make the transition smooth and rewarding.
In the summer term prior to entry, we will visit your child in their pre-school setting. Pupils will then be invited into school for visits. This will help them become familiar with the surroundings and routines of school. During this period there will also be a meeting for parents/carers to discuss our partnership with you and talk about any worries you might have. We will also offer you and your child a home visit.
Pupils will be admitted to Shoscombe Primary School in the September of the year in which they are five. Initially, children will attend for half a day only. All pupils will be offered a full time place by the end of term 1 (middle of October) but parents/carers must not feel that their child should stay at school for longer hours than they can manage A happy start is important for a successful school career.
Curriculum information 2017 -2018
Curriculum information 2016-2017