At Worplesdon, we have an experienced Early Years Team who strive to meet the needs of all children in our setting. We enjoy a free-flow approach where children have access to both indoor classrooms and our outdoor classroom for a large proportion of the day. We teach using a balance of adult led activities and through embracing children’s interests and learning styles by working with them on learning of their own choosing to support and extend this.
Early Years Aims
In Early Years we aim to:
- Plan fun and challenging activities across the curriculum;
- Develop good relationships with parent/carers to support children’s learning;
- Develop independence skills to their full potential;
- Plan topics that engage the children's interests;
- Create an exciting and stimulating environment for learning.
and above all:
- Ensure all children settle happily into school and have a positive start to their school career.
Who Are the Teachers
Mrs McPhail (Class Teacher)
Mrs Brooks (Class Teacher)
Important Things to Know
During the first term we embed Physical Development into our continuous provision within the outdoor classroom therefore children need warm coats and appropriate winter clothing e.g. wellington boots, hats and gloves.
Children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on Thursdays.
In line with the new Home Learning Policy your child will receive a half termly Learning Passport.
This includes a range of activities, including some Expressive Arts and Design, Understanding the World and Communication and Language. They are set at the beginning of each half term. The teachers will set an expectation as to the number of activities to complete but it is pupil choice as to which activities are accomplished.
The activities can be completed at any time during the half term (there is no weekly expectation for the activities within the learning passport). The children can bring these activities in (or photographs) whenever they are completed and they will be shared and celebrated in class.
In addition to the Learning Passport, the children are expected to complete a minimum of four signed reads per week (this does not have to of the same book) in their reading diary, practice their sounds in their sound books and use the number cards to recite numbers in order to 10.
To allow the children to settle into our school routines, Reception will begin using the Learning Passport after October half term.
Each week your child will be sent home with a sound book containing:
- Four new phonic sounds
- Tricky word sets (at the end of each phase)
- Handwriting rhymes (Summer Term)
Please use these to practise at home.
For further support Mrs McPhail and Mrs Tubb are available on the door each morning/afternoon and are more than happy to answer any questions.
Reading books are changed on a Tuesday and Friday and will only be changed if the previous books have been returned. On a Wednesday the children will choose a book to borrow from the Library which will make a great bedtime story promoting a love of reading!
The scheme of work that Reception follow is Letters and Sounds with some inspiration from Jolly Phonics.
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Children are asked to bring in a few pieces of fruit or vegetables to be shared at snack time. Please note we ask for only fruit or vegetables which can be cut up easily. Please refer to our Reception handbook received on new parents evening for details.
If there are any questions or concerns, please talk to Reception staff at the beginning or end of the day. Please remember to wait at the gate at the far end of Reception before and after school until the classroom doors are opened. We also ask that our outdoor classroom is not used by Reception children or siblings after school, particularly the bikes and cars.
New to Reception
Please see separate New to Reception page.
Please see the long term planning to see in detail what is taught in each term and how as a parent / carer you can support your child.