As you know, children in Reception are on the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS).This curriculum is predominantly play-based and celebrates the whole child’s learning and development in a holistic approach. Our planning comes from the children - through careful observations and assessments of their play, noting the gaps in their knowledge and primarily from their interests in an overarching ‘topic’.
In school, we typically have a daily 20 minute phonics lesson, 20 minute maths lesson and a short topic taught session. In addition to this, we have 10 minutes reading a day.We support the children’s writing development with weekly small group guided writing sessions. This is where the children can apply their skills and knowledge of letters and sounds from their daily phonics lessons. The rest of the day is child-initiated play in the learning environments inside and outside. We call this COOL time (Choosing Our Own Learning)! This allows children the time for totally uninterrupted play; they can apply their learning from the taught sessions in a range of different activities and contexts. This ensures the learning is meaningful to them and that it becomes embedded. We try to ensure that the children have a minimum of 1.5 hours in the morning and the same again in the afternoon.
We are delighted that your child has been offered a Reception place at our wonderful school for September.
For those of you whose children already attend our Nursery; thank you for continuing your journey with us, and for those who are new to our school; we welcome you. We are a thriving community and we are very excited to welcome you to our school. We look forward to your child starting their schooling with us in September and getting to know them as the wonderful individuals that they are!
As a school, we are committed to smooth and timely transitions that allow the children to settle in, get to know their teachers and make new relationships with their friends. We fully believe that parents and carers play a key role in this transition so that you too can feel reassured that your child is safe and happy. You will be receiving a letter very soon which will set out our transition plan so that you know exactly what to expect in September. Our extremely experienced Reception Team have been hard at work creating videos and welcomes for you all to look at both now and over the holidays, so that you will know who is who on that first day.
In the meantime, however, please feel free to browse our school website and perhaps even follow us on Facebook (Please search for Wadebridge Primary Academy). Please see the 'Starting Reception' tab that you will find on our website under 'Information' to meet the adults that will be working in Reception- you will even find some lovely videos of them reading a story!
As mentioned in my welcome letter back in April (seems an age ago!), Cbeebies have also put together some wonderful resources that can be used to help prepare your child for school. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/starting-school-curation. They are worth a look as they really do help make it seem real; something that is exciting and not daunting.
We can't wait to meet you all. Stay safe and keep well.
Headteacher, Wadebridge Primary Academy
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We are excited to welcome pupils in Years 1 - 6 back into school on Monday 7 September. Each Year Group has their own Drop Off and Pick Up times. Please check the Heads Blog Page for these times if you do not have them to hand.
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