We at St Peter’s are very pleased to be part of your child's first year at school. We will enjoy getting to know them better and helping them to settle into school life.
We believe it is essential that the Foundation Stage is seen as its own Key Stage and that the planning and provision is unique to it. We, in the Reception Team, are committed to making the learning engaging and exciting for every child in our class.
The development of the children’s Prime Areas of Learning are crucial at this age and stage of their development. Through the development of the Prime Areas, there must be a focus on the characteristics of learning, particularly with reading and writing. The speaking aspect of communication and language is always our key focus so we will be developing children’s speaking through language rich, story based learning and building on the children’s first hand experiences. This is where the role of the adults and the environment are paramount alongside high quality continuous provision, which enables children to discover and explore for sustained periods in order to embed their learning in many different ways, and well-thought out enhanced provision.
Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults. There is an ongoing judgement to be made by practitioners about the balance between activities led by children, and activities led or guided by adults, such as phonics, reading, writing, maths, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. We, as practitioners, must respond to each child’s emerging needs and interests, guiding their development through warm, positive interaction. As the children grow older, and as their development allows, it is expected that the balance will gradually shift towards more activities led by adults, to help the children prepare for Year 1.
At St Peter’s, we value the support of parents and when it is safe to do so and guidance allows us to, we will invite parents into school to observe their child's learning.
Below, are a few documents which you may find useful. If you have any questions, please come and see us!
Mr Tierney & Mrs Viotto
Wellies - please ensure that your child has wellies in school so that they can access our wonderful outdoor areas. We will be taking the children onto the field for Autumnal and Winter walks and going over to the Forest School area soon - they will need wellies for these activities.
PE Kits - for our Storycise (exercise to a story) sessions, children can wear their school uniforms as normal. When we start Real PE, probably in Term 2, the children will be able to come to school in their PE kit. At the moment, the school hall isn't being used for PE, so it will be held outside. Therefore, children can wear a plain tracksuit (grey, dark blue or black - no logos) for PE to school.
The Colour Monster
Our class book this week is 'The Colour Monster'. We talked with the children about the different emotions that we all sometimes feel and what we can do if we feel this way. The children were very good at describing how they would help their friends if they were sad or angry; they would show them love and happiness to cheer them up!