Reception - Miss Pengelly

Welcome to our Reception Class

This week we are looking forward to welcoming the Reception children and their families to Lindow as they start their school journey. It is a big step for all the children and we appreciate the fact that this can be a emotional time for all. The transition time for children is treated sensitively and with your child in mind, please be reassured that we will ensure that your child feels happy and secure with all adults in the setting and in their new environment.

To help the children transition and settle quickly within our school we arranged for the children to visit Lindow and have opportunities to meet staff and explore the learning environment. Alongside this I visited every child in their pre-school setting and spoke at length to key workers. This programme of transition has allowed me to spend quality time with your children and be informed of your child's strengths and areas to develop. A 'New Parent' night was arranged to set out the expectations, routines and answer your questions.

Early Years Provision:
We are continually reviewing and adapting our practice to  keep up to date with current research and initiatives. Staff are encouraged to attend courses that will continually develop our knowledge and understanding of Early Years. As a team, we have established a vision for our Early Years class and this underpins our practice.

We believe children work best in an environment that nurtures their natural inquisitiveness and enriches children’s knowledge and understanding with sufficient challenge to stimulate and encourage progress.

The role of the adult in Early Years is varied. As Early Years professionals we are well aware of how children learn and how to nurture and develop children's knowledge and understanding whilst promoting life long learning strategies. We value the importance of play and see it as instrumental in demonstrating curiosity, developing understanding and extending children's knowledge. Within our setting you will see adults:
  • Play alongside and with children;
  • Sit and observe children talking and interacting, playing and exploring;
  • Teach children in whole class, small group or 1:1 sessions with a focussed objective;
  • Consoling and reassuring children;
  • Explaining strategies for helping children to deal with indifferences;
  • Observing and not interrupting the flow of play and discussion;
  • Making notes with specific reference to Development Matters statements.
  • Adapting plans to suit the needs of the children;
  • Stretching children’s capacity to learn with careful open ended questioning.
Assessments of the children are completed in every moment of the school day. We continually observe and make note of your child at all times. Some assessments are observations and reacted to immediately by staff. Some assessments over short periods of time require intervention and 1:1 or small group work to be planned for. Some assessments are linked to playful activities that have been provided by an adult to gauge understanding and plan for next steps. Data is used to provide a baseline, to allow for adequate challenges to be planned, to inform the necessary adaptations needed within the environment, to enable us to measure the impact of intervention and to measure progress of individual children. 

Enhancing the Curriculum:
Once we have established good relationships and got to know all the children we are able to make plans that will link to the children's interests. Our environment, topics and learning are flexible and are directly linked to the needs of the children and their next steps in development. To enhance the experiences for children further we like to plan for Welly Wednesday sessions, visits and visitors.

Welly Wednesday is a weekly occurrence whereby we all go and explore our local environment together. The theme for the activities outside varies and links to many areas of the curriculum. One week we can be making bird feeders, the next we will be collecting and ordering the length of sticks. We are lead by the children and their curiosity.

We enjoy having a range of visitors in our class but our 'Mystery Reader’ is always a highlight!
Once a week a 'Mystery Reader’ comes into school and has the opportunity to read their own story to the children. The 'Mystery Reader’ can be anybody: a parent, a grandparent, auntie, uncle... The idea is that nobody knows (except us grown ups!) who the 'Mystery Reader' is! To become a 'Mystery Reader’ please sign up 'discretely' for a convenient slot (see the list on Rainbow Doors in classroom). Please arrive at school ready to read your chosen story at 2:45pm and envisage the session lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. Younger siblings of the 'Mystery Reader’ are very welcome to join in and listen to the story!

Parents and Carers
Establishing positive relationships with parents is very important to us. We value your knowledge of your child and how best to support them in every way. We are always available for informal chats and are mostly available after we have dismissed each child at the end of the day. For longer, private meetings we will need to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet and discuss. You can contact me via email with my name in the subject bar or we can arrange in person or via class dojo.

Class Dojo
We have been using a system of positive behaviour management that informs and includes parents. Not only do parents see a personal account of how well behaved their child has been they are also able to access the 'class story' with photographs and accounts of what is happening in class. Alongside this teachers and parents are able to message each other privately during daytime work hours and staff can respond quickly to questions and arrange dates to meet if necessary. The 'Class Dojo' system has had a lot of positive feedback from parents and we will be continuing to use this year. Details of the app and how to install are sent home as soon as possible.

We believe in celebrating children achievements. During the first half term of the year we send out 'WOW' moment slips for you to fill in and send back to school for chidlren's achievements linked to home - e.g. eating all their tea, staying in bed all night, helping at home etc. In class we use stickers and verbal praise regularly alongside the 'dojos'. We know children enjoy and gain so much from feeling proud of their achievements. The children attend a whole school 'Celebration' assembly on a Friday afternoon. During this assembly children receive certificates that reflect our school values: Learning, caring and achieving. We also like to celebrate children's achievements outside school, e.g. swimming, dancing, hobbies etc. and ask for children to bring in their certificates and awards on a Friday. We also sing 'Happy birthday' to the children who have birthdays during that week.

Curriculum Evening
This is an informal meeting during the first half term of the academic year. It is a chance for you to learn more about how we approach the teaching of phonics and reading, writing and maths. It will also help you to see the importance of and make the links between the Prime areas. We will inform of you of the meeting once a date has been set. 

All the staff in Reception have had basic first aid training in how to treat somebody who is choking, how to administer CPR and how to use the defibrillator. We had the pleasure of learning directly from Millie's mum who is a true inspiration to us all.

Learning, caring and achieving together

Miss Pengelly

Richard Norris,
27 Sep 2012, 12:48
Richard Norris,
27 Sep 2012, 12:48
Richard Norris,
16 Sep 2012, 08:59