Ladybird & Bumblebee
Here at Langafel our Reception Phase comprises of two small classes who share an open plan classroom space. There are 45 children in Reception in total divided in to 2 classes of 22 and 23 children per class.
The shared space is split into zones/areas and also includes an outdoor area - which the children have access to daily whatever the weather. This type of setting is familiar to most children as it reflects the environment they have experienced in their nursery/preschool setting.
All staff across the setting work closely together and work with all the children regardless of which class they are assigned to.
We ensure children learn and develop well and are kept safe and healthy. We aim to provide a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities, which are planned around the needs and interests of individual children. We assess and review children regularly, using Tapestry, our online journal programme.
Our Principles and The Early Years Curriculum
There are four guiding principles that shape our practice;
1. Every child is a unique child.
2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3. Children learn and develop well in an enabling environment.
4. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
Areas of Learning and Development
There are seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are equally important and inter-connected.
Three of the seven areas are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn and to form relationships and thrive.
These are called the Prime areas and they are;
•Communication and Language
•Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The four other areas are the Specific areas, through which the three Prime areas are strengthened and applied. These are;
•Understanding the World
•Expressive arts and design
Each area of learning is implemented through planned, purposeful play with a mix of adult led and child initiated learning. Play is essential for children’s development, building confidence, problem solving and building relationships with others.
We plan from children’s interests and reflect on the different ways in which children learn using the following characteristics of effective learning:
•Playing and exploring
•Creating and thinking critically
These characteristics are carefully considered when planning activities for our children.
Tracking your child’s progress:
Assessment plays an important part in helping staff and parents recognise progress, understanding individual needs and planning activities and support. We observe children and reflect upon these observations to build on next steps in learning. We record your child’s progress via Tapestry - an online Learning Journal. Our staff record the activities your child participates in and undertakes, as well as their progress in specific skills. You are able to view and contribute to this journal yourselves regularly.
We plan for learning using a topic-based approach, following the children’s interests and responding to specific events.
Throughout their Reception year, children will be working towards the Early Learning Goals. These describe the level of attainment expected at the end of your child’s Reception year in school.
Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.
At Langafel our Reception classes participate in an exciting Forest School session weekly, from term two. For an afternoon each week, we use our extensive school grounds to explore our outside learning environment. Forest School links to all areas of learning and development and it is always greatly enjoyed by both pupils and staff, enabling skills such as problem solving and resilience to be developed.
On a designated afternoon, the children will change into appropriate clothing and carry out all their learning in the outdoor environment.
Daily Structure and Organisation
At the beginning of the school year, a large portion of time is of Child Initiated learning with short sessions of directed time filling the rest of our day. As the children progress through the year, our Teacher Directed time becomes longer and more frequent and the children’s Child Initiated learning lessons.
Through term six we have a strong focus on getting the children ready for year one, with circle time activities, visits to the year one classroom and visits from the year 1 teaching staff.
Your child will participate in daily phonics and maths sessions, a once weekly PE session and a once weekly Forest school session.
In Reception, we operate a rolling snack, which the children help us to prepare. This incorporates the fruit we receive from the free school fruit programme as well as a range of other healthy snack foods. To enable us to provide this wide range of foodstuffs we ask for a termly contribution from parents of £2.00