Children enter Reception if they have reached the age of four by the 31st August. To begin with, they may come in part-time, increasing to full-time by the October half term. We have small class sizes with a maximum of 16 children each with a teacher and full time classroom assistant. Classes are well-planned with structured activities ensuring that the school is a vibrant and stimulating environment in which the children can learn. Mathematics and literacy are key elements of the EYFS curriculum at this stage as is understanding of the world, and we often take the children out of the classroom to learn through real life experiences.
In language and literacy we use the Read Write Inc scheme which helps young children begin their reading phonetically and enables them to gain confidence in their ability to read from a young age. Counting, weighing and measuring are ways in which we introduce the children to mathematical concepts with practical application, developing the learning through play process into more structured learning. Much of our work at this stage is done through half term topics and we share the themes of these topics with parents so that support can be added at home if relevant. From a physical perspective we have weekly swimming lessons on site in the Queen’s College swimming pool. The children have a lot of fun learning how to keep afloat, moving on to swimming their first width – an important life skill. There are two structured PE lessons a week - games and gymnastics - and fun French, using La Jolie Ronde scheme, which is introduced by our specialist Languages teacher.
Our creative development at this stage centres on imaginative and creative role play, art, movement, dance and music with our specialist music teacher. Here we are giving the children the opportunity to express themselves in a variety of ways and teaching them interaction and communication skills through a variety of mediums. All Reception children also have the opportunity to take half a term of free Speech and Drama lessons with a Drama specialist teacher.
Story time is a popular period for the children as it is a quiet moment in the day to listen to stories and rest. By contrast it is also important for small children to be given the opportunity to run around to expend some energy so we have morning, lunch and afternoon breaks where the children play on the outdoor play equipment which they share with the Pre-Prep children and enjoy the beautiful and secure gardens which are located close to the Reception classrooms.
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