Focus on ... Reception

Welcome to the first of a series of articles where we focus on one of our classes to show you a little bit about what happens behind the school doors.

Our Reception teacher is Miss Simmons who has been with us for over 20 years. With her two classroom assistants, she and her 16 pupils enjoy many varied activities in their two different classrooms.

The light and airy conservatory has plenty of room for fun. Pupils can choose from all manner of art supplies, a large dressing up box, blocks and bricks, and numerous puzzles. In the Montessori way all the activities are designed for learning, but the children enjoy themselves so much many of them don't even realise they're working while they play! This is also home to a well-stocked book corner, and the "Letter and Sound of the Week" table which the children add to with great delight.

Next door, the carpeted classroom is a little more formal, with tables and chairs being more appropriate for writing and maths activities such as counting, simple sums, telling the time and identifying shapes.

You're never too young to learn about other cultures and they will again this year be celebrating Chinese New Year by cooking Chinese food, eating it with chopsticks, and other themes activities.

As the weather improves they will be making more and more use of our carefully designed outside environment - from nature walks and pond dipping to "bear hunts" and planting bulbs. They enjoy playing outside in their large garden area, which is stocked with ride-on toys, a huge sandpit, climbing frames, balance beams and a selection of other small toys and games.

To help with transitions through the school there are many opportunities for Reception to join in with Primary activities such as assemblies and school trips. At other times, the pre-school Nursery class come and join in activities such as Show & Tell.

If you would like to visit the school, or are thinking of sending your children to us, please contact us to arrange a visit.