Welcome to Reception
On behalf of the team, I would like to welcome you to Reception. We are so glad you have chosen to become part of the St. Francis Family.
Our class teacher is Mrs Craine and the other adults are Ms Sheerin and Mrs Dorree, who work together to give every child the best learning experience and provide an education to meet all children’s needs. At St. Francis we will help the children to achieve their full potential, developing their thinking, their knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for life in our ever- changing world.
We aim to create a warm, happy, secure and inviting learning environment. This will help the children to feel comfortable, confident, and respectful of themselves and others, regardless of gender, race or culture. We want the children to have fun and to be happy, independent – to think and do things for themselves by learning to make choices and to share and co-operate. We believe our environment will deliver effective learning where children will develop essential life-long skills, enthused and inspired to become autonomous and intuitive learners.
What happens in Reception:
A typical day in Reception consists of daily phonics, literacy and maths groups, alongside and topic, RE and children’s interests – which cover all of our curriculum. We have areas of provision; both inside and outside -which are enhanced to support our experiences and learning. Areas of provision include mark-making, malleable, water and sand play, painting and model building, construction, role-play and a book area. We like to have a varied and lively classroom environment where both the outdoor and indoor activities give the children their best chance of accessing the full foundation stage curriculum. We aim to build children who are independent, confident and thoughtful, which is an essential part of each child's learning journey.
We enjoy celebrating our faith in God through songs and worship and it is through this that we make positive choices in everything we do. We recognise that all of our children are unique, individual and special and allow all of our children to show their many talents.
We recognise the important work that parents play in building on the skills learnt in school. Our children are encouraged to read at home, practice their letter sounds and reading their tricky words and complete their homework activity, alongside the homework challenge on set on Tapestry every week.
In Reception, we are using Tapestry to 'capture' our children's learning. Tapestry is an easy-to-use online learning journal which helps school and parents/carers to record, track and celebrate children' progress in early years education.
Log on to see your child's profile - photos, videos and written comments and don't forget to add your own - we love to see what our children are doing at home too!
Please download the Tapestry app. Fill in the Tapestry agreement and give it to the staff in Reception and they will quickly get you set up with an account so that you can access your child's learning journey and contribute from home.
We will share highlights of some of our learning below!
Homework in Reception
Monday – A homework task will be sent out on Tapestry. Please complete by the following Monday.
Friday – Tapestry homework challenge will be added for both Nursery and Reception children to complete.
Reading books to be returned on a Tuesday and reissued on a Friday.
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