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St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

Reception

Welcome to our Reception  Page 

From September 2020, our Reception team are:  Mrs H Williams,and Miss Bankier , with support provided by Miss A Ryan and Miss K Henstock.

Our bright, welcoming and stimulating learning environments in both Nursery and Reception reflect our ethos.  We consider our EYFS classes to be a very special place where children feel happy, secure and valued. In an environment such as this, children develop confidence, a range of skills (life-long), and a love of learning – the perfect foundations for entering school life. Christian values are at the heart of all that we do and the themes of friendship, endurance, thankfulness run throughout our busy days.

A typical day in EYFS - Reception starts with our open door policy where you as parents or carers are invited into our setting with your child. This is an opportunity for you to carry out a learning activity with your child or share information about your child with the teacher or key worker. We value our strong relationships with parents and families.

We teach a range of carpet sessions through the day followed by focussed group activities (indoor and outdoor). In between these times, your child will be encouraged to carry out independent learning in our ‘Continuous Provision’ areas. In these areas, we provide a range of well-planned, purposeful and stimulating resources to promote fun, challenging and child-led learning experiences.

Our curriculum is tailored to our children’s interests and needs therefore is flexible and varied, and, as a result, our children are engaged and enthused.

In Early Years (Nursery and Reception), we will be implementing a new curriculum called the International Early Years Curriculum which is committed to eight  Learning Principles:

1. The earliest years of life are important in their own right.

2. Children should be supported to learn and develop at their own unique pace.

3. Play is an essential aspect of all children’s learning and development.

4. Learning happens when developmentally-appropriate, teacher-scaffolded and child-initiated experiences harness children’s natural curiosity in an enabling environment.

5. Independent and interdependent learning experiences create a context for personal development and are the foundation of international mindedness.

6. Knowledge and skills development lead to an increasing sense of understanding when children are provided with opportunities to explore and express their ideas in multiple ways.

7. Ongoing assessment, in the form of evaluation and reflection, is effective when it involves a learning-link with the home.

8. Learning should be motivating, engaging and fun, opening up a world of wonder for children where personal interests can flourish.