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Tomorrow’s success starts today
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WILLOWCROFT COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Tomorrow’s success starts today

Frogs

Welcome to Frogs Reception Class

'At Willowcroft Community School Foundation Stage we are proud of our caring,

creative and happy environment where all individuals are valued

equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential.'

 

This year Frogs are being taught by Miss Paynter and supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistant, Mrs Harris. We are very friendly and invite you to pop in for a chat if you have any queries or concerns - the classroom door is open from 8.30am everyday and Miss Paynter will be available to speak to you before class starts at 8:40am. There is also time at the end of the day or if you would like a longer meeting please speak to Miss Paynter or the office to arrange.

There will be regular updates/photographs on this page so that you can see what we have been getting up to during the week, as well as important information for parents and reminders of any key dates coming up this term. There are also useful links to help with your child's learning at home (scroll down to bottom of page).

 

TERM 1

Reminders:

  • All children should bring their book bag back into school every day as we use these in our Guided Reading lessons as well as with one-to-one reading. It is important that the children read regularly at home as well as at school, recording their efforts in their Reading Records, to be checked in class. This encourages the children to be more independent and organise their belongings, as well as transport letters and homework back and forth without them being lost or damaged.

  • Children should also have a bag on their pegs with spare clothing in case of accidents or needing to change for any reason. This MUST be in school at all times.

  • Weather appropriate clothing - Please make sure that your child has a waterproof coat and wellies in school. Wellies are needed for Forest School but are also very useful for the KS1 garden in the wet weather!

Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 4th September - Term 1 begins

 

Forest School Timetable:

Please check class window for updates to timetable.

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

The Early Years Curriculum (EYFS)

 

The Reception class provides a broad and balanced curriculum which embraces the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Reception we focus on the development of the individual child and, during your child’s time in the Frogs class, he or she will experience a great variety of activities based on these seven areas of learning through structured activities and carefully planned play:

Prime Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Physical Development
Communication and Language
 
Specific Areas:
Literacy
Mathematics
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

 

Our Indoor Environment 

The indoor curriculum provides a stimulating learning environment and opportunities for the children to experience a quiet reading corner, interactive whiteboard, role play area, writing area,  construction area, creative area, maths area and an understanding the world area.  There is a wide range of resources available to the children through planned opportunities for both child initiated and adult led activities.  
 
Our Outdoor Environment
The outdoor environment mirrors the indoor learning environment within Reception and it is used daily within the daily routine. Children will be able to access resources to develop the seven areas of learning. Outdoor learning is key to developing children’s independence, physical development and to offer exploration and investigation opportunities.
 
How can I check my child’s progress?
Miss Paynter will assess your child regularly using the Foundation Stage Profile which enables us to track your child’s development.  Continual assessment is carried out on every pupil through observations, annotating their work, questioning and monitoring reading. Assessments are recorded in a number of ways in each child’s individual profile including short and long written observations and photographs.

 

 

Our Ethos

 

A Safe and Secure Place to Learn: Clear boundaries and rules are explored with the children so they understand why they are in place promoting confidence and security. ‘If a child feels security and love they can be happy. If a child is happy they can learn’. Willowcroft EYFS staff 2015.

 

The Adults: The staff are facilitators for learning, where adults and children learn alongside each other. Adults listen to children and work together. We do this through Sustained Shared Thinking.

 

Parents as Partners: We understand the importance of parents in their role as prime educators and work with parents to build on home experiences and learning to plan next steps through our ‘Challenge Passports’. We hold information/teaching session so that parents can understand our strategies and policies.

 

Forest School: A wealth of outdoor learning opportunities. A choice for every child to play, explore and make sense of the world around them.

 

Please see the links below to websites that will help you support your child with Reading, Writing and Maths. You can also visit the CEOP Website for fun games and advice for children relating to internet safety.

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