Hello! Our reception unit is made up of two classes, Busy Bees and Dazzling Dragonflies.
Mrs Melling is our Foundation Stage Manager and Busy Bees' class teacher.
Miss Eastwood is Dazzling Dragonflies' class teacher.
Mrs Lee works with the children across the reception unit providing extra help and support. At lunch times we have a team of play leaders to help us keep a special eye on our children, just to make sure the children have a happy lunchtime and enjoy their food and playtime.
The other staff that help support the children in Reception during the week are Mrs Robinson, Mr Percival, Miss Bowman and Miss Stockdale
We have fantastic large working areas and freeflow access to the outdoors. The children choose how to spend their activity time, moving freely between a range of learning areas. These include the home corner, construction areas, small world area, come and make, painting, writing areas, investigation trays, sand, water and playdough. These areas are updated regualrly depending on the topics we are covering and the children's own interests. There is always something fun, exciting and engaging to do!
We also have focused activity time in our Outdoor environments four afternoons a week where the children are out in all weathers completeing lots of fun activities!
We have a "snack stop" where we can have some fruit and a drink of milk or water any time we feel hungry or thirsty. We are really lucky to have access to our own purpose built toilets, which we all use independently.
We have "challenge areas" where we can take part in more directed learning to show off our developing skills and knowledge. At the maths challenge area we can explore numbers and in the phonics challenge area we can practise our reading skills in a fun and satisfying way. We all love to be a "Challenge Champion" and show our grown-ups our work.
We can also become a "master" of a task-this is when we show we are confident in a skill and can show our learning in different ways and to other children. For example, we might be a master of writing the letter "t" because we can do it with the felt tip pens, the paints and the playdough. We can wear the "master sash" and we can develop our skill by helping our friends to complete this task too!
We take part in daily focused phonics and maths sessions alongside our phonics and maths challenges. We also enjoy group reading and wriitng sessions with our teachers. We work independently during activity sessions, having fun, enjoying learning both indoors and out!
We display and celebrate our learning and achievements in school within the reception unit. There is also a special place, the 'Home and Away' wall that celebrates our unique achievements outside of school. We know that learning does not just take place in school but at home and at all of the places we visit when we are not at school. Our teachers LOVE it when we bring things in to share from home. They learn so much more about us and what we can do! Our learning experiences mean a lot to us and our families and we enjoy sharing them through our 'Learning Journey' books as well as displaying our learning in the unit! Teachers, parents, visitors and children all enjoy looking at and sharing the learning we have done both inside and outside of school!
We hope you have enjoyed meeting us!