Reception, Years 1 & 2

Reception

We believe that a child’s first experiences have a major impact on their future, therefore, Reception is a supportive and caring environment where your child is given the best possible start to the main school. Staff support all children to fulfil their potential within a secure, safe and happy environment. Here your child is given the opportunity to make the most of their talents and abilities.

Classes are small and pupil/teacher ratios are excellent.  Reception children have a high ratio of full-time teachers and teaching assistants to guide them on their pathway to learning. The Reception setting creates an enabling environment. The classrooms open up onto a conservatory where children are allowed to explore and initiate ideas. In turn, the conservatory opens out onto a well-equipped playground and outdoor activity area, plus an adventure play area in a grass enclosure, which is used throughout the year, alongside weekly Woodland Garden sessions.

Year 1

Year 1 builds on the core skills learnt in the Early Years.  In Year 1, the children are encouraged to be active learners where investigation and independence of thought are the basis for their learning.  The children learn to take pride in the appearance and presentation of all their work and to appreciate the accomplishment of others.

The curriculum is carefully planned to include a range of skills and experiences. Children work inside and outside the classroom. Our creative approach is evident when the children make shields and create clay castles.

Year 2

In Year 2, the children often experience a change in their school life.  There is more work to do and we strive to make the children more independent and responsible in both their work and organisation.

In Maths, the Teaching Assistants work closely with the staff to aid small groups of children.  We employ many visual and practical elements to help every different type of learner within the classroom setting.

English writing and comprehension are taught in a structured way.  Within Creative Writing, the children experience writing for a variety of purposes.  Spelling is taught through phonics and we also have a whole class reader lesson every week.

Children begin to learn to play the recorder in Year 2, an ideal way to give them a head start in reading music before they may choose to learn another instrument in Year 3.  English and Maths homework is introduced.

In the Summer Term, the children perform a show to celebrate them leaving Infants.