Entry to Reception is in the September following your child’s fourth birthday. Located in The Mount, children enjoy the spacious, light and airy facilities, as well as the exciting, expansive, interactive outdoor play facilities in the safety of secure School grounds.
Our specialist, qualified and highly experienced Early Years teaching staff enjoy excellent pupil/adult ratios. This provides all children with focused and personalised attention to ensure quality curriculum delivery and high level of pastoral care through the Seven Areas of Learning within the Early Years Foundation stage. All children have access to the finest resources and experience visits by significant members of the community, as well as broader opportunities for performances and parental involvement.
Reception holds a special place in Early Years. We recognise the importance of providing a caring environment where children are encouraged to explore and where everyone feels safe, secure, confident and valued. We achieve this by delivering a broad curriculum that uses life experiences to bring to life the social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual development of each child.
Qualities such as self-motivation, independence and questioning are encouraged and we welcome the involvement of parents in their child’s education. This prepares your child for a smooth journey from Foundation Stage into Key Stage One and beyond.
“We were delighted with the transition from Nursery into Reception. Our daughter skipped into school on her first day and never looked back. Neither did we!”
Parent of child in Reception age 5
In Reception, your child continues to work within the Early Years Foundation Stage, focusing on the six areas of development:
Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy
Communication, Language and Literacy
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Personal Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Your child will experience a variety of exciting activities that will enhance and develop the above areas and ensure all children reach their full potential. There are also lots of outdoor learning experiences. Children’s development is assessed regularly through observations and formal assessments and reported back to you through parents’ meetings and reports.
All children also have their own learning journey, which contains photographs and records of their achievements. Your child’s teacher is always available to answer any questions relating to learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.[/col-2]
Our Television Room is available from 8.00, if an early drop off is required, which is supervised by a member of staff until the children are collected and taken to their class rooms at 8.15 – this is offered at no additional cost.
A drink of milk or water is provided mid-morning and children have some prepared fruit provided by the School or bring in an item of fruit from home. Playtime follows. Children also have a snack and a drink during the afternoon.
Reception pupils walk up to the Dining Hall for lunch. Pupils have a choice of food to eat, so there is always something for everyone to enjoy. There is always fruit available each lunch-time. After lunch pupils return to the Mount where they play on the playground until 1.20pm.
Our Television Room is available for children who are being collected between this time at no additional cost.
If you needed to collect your child after 4pm we have a Tea Time Club, which is supervised by staff. Tea is available and activities are planned for the children, in which they may participate once they have eaten their tea. After School Care is charged in addition to the school fees.
Reception pupils take part in PE once a week in their PE kit. The children enjoy different kinds of Physical Education activities such as: apparatus work, movement and musical interpretation and ball, skipping, running games and races.
Early Years Pupils are very busy learning and playing throughout the school
day, but the fun and happiness doesn’t stop there.
All of the children from Bluebells and Reception forms are invited to join one
of our popular Ballet lessons, where they can learn different skills and dances
with Mrs Leighton, a very experienced ballet teacher.
We also run an exciting Multi-Sport Club, which we encourage the children to
join if they wish. These session lessons are led by a qualified coach from
“First Grade Coaching” and consist of a range of sporting activities such as:
football, tag rugby, basketball and dodge ball. Activities ake place in the
Mount Hall or outside, subject to the whim of the British weather.