Reception is the first year of school and is also a key transitional year, as children move from Nursery into Junior School. Our aims in Reception are to enable children to become independent, self-motivated individuals, and to equip them with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm they need to prepare them for Year One and beyond.
In Reception we continue to utilise the 7 areas of learning, as defined in the EYFS framework. We use ongoing observation and assessment in the three prime areas and four specific areas of learning.
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
The structured educational framework we use in Reception is ‘Abacus’. This provides set themes to be focused upon for each half term. This enables us to channel each pupil’s academic and creative skills through relevant activities and learning. The topics covered are:
We know every parent wants their child to have the best education possible. At St Andrew’s we are proud to supply this. In Reception we ensure that each pupil will work on their Mathematical and Literacy skills, daily, to securely embed the cornerstone for their academic future.
In Reception we use ’Jolly Phonics’ and the ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach and monitor each pupil’s progress with their reading and writing. We focus upon individual reading skills for each child. We begin with the single letter phonics, building up until we are able to challenge each individual with double letter blends and then words.
We teach each child Mathematics through practical activities. They are encouraged to learn things such as counting on, recognising numbers and to identify 2D & 3D shapes. This provides the perfect grounding to build upon their Maths skills, as they later move through the school.
The world is becoming more technological and at St Andrew’s we start teaching specialised ICT skills in Reception. In the classroom we have introduced specialist computer programs intended to develop computer skills. The children spend a focused hour each week in our computer suite from January, to allow them to practise applying computer skills such as mouse control, finding letters on the keyboard and typing their own name properly.
Every week they also have:
• Creative activities
• Scheduled interaction with their next academic year group