On this page you will find out all about the exciting learning opportunities Reception have in store as the year goes by. You can also find key dates for your diary and access important documents such as our long term plan, newsletters, homework and other announcements.
First let’s meet the team! We are very fortunate to have a wealth of experience amongst our teachers and learning support assistants:
- Plum’s class teacher is Miss McMullen who is the EYFS Leader of Learning. Miss McMullen is passionate about her role and oversees the running of all three reception classes to ensure that standards remain high for the benefit of our pupils. Mrs Hamilton will also be teaching in Plum class.
- Cherry’s class teacher is Mrs Lewis who is one of our Assistant Headteachers, responsible for the curriculum at Alexander McLeod. Mrs Lewis is a very experienced teacher who cares deeply about her pupils and maintains high expectations of their learning. Ms Partap will also be teaching in Cherry class.
- Apple’s class teachers are Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards. Mrs Bailey is one of our Assistant Headteachers, whose role includes working as part of the Inclusion Team as well as facilitating professional development for our staff. She is a dedicated teacher with many years of experience in EYFS and Key Stage 1. Mrs Richards is a very talented member of staff who has worked at Alexander McLeod for many years and has an excellent understanding of EYFS.
- The LSAs supporting the children and teachers in Reception are Mrs Wing, Miss Annand, Mrs Jas, Mrs Young, Mrs Youngs, Mrs Isaac and Ms Virginie.
Reception is a very important year for our children as it marks the beginning of their learning journey in a school setting. Children in EYFS learn through child-initiated play in both the classroom and outdoor area through cross curricular learning. High quality resources and activities will be provided for your child to help them achieve the objectives on the curriculum through play as well as some adult-led activities. Each day children will be allowed to freely explore the indoor and outdoor areas and be offered daily challenges within these areas.
Within the EYFS framework, there are seven areas of development that shape our curriculum alongside the characteristics of learning. The areas of learning are broken down into prime and specific areas. The prime areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. They are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The specific areas then help the child to strengthen and apply the prime areas. The specific areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The characteristics of learning focus on engagement, motivation and critical thinking. They are:
Playing and exploring – engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to have a go
Active learning – motivation
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically – thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing to do things
During this year we will deliver our curriculum through exciting topics that will be led by the children’s interests and focus on embedding the different areas of learning. The cross curricular approach offers a creative way of developing knowledge, understanding and practical skills through a mixture of the different areas of learning.
Our first topic is ‘What makes me me?’. During this topic we will learning about ourselves, families, our body and senses; as well as looking at different festivals and celebrations that different family’s experience. During the spring term our topic is ‘Adventure Awaits’. This topic will focus on fantasy worlds and be highly driven by the children’s interests. We could learn about pirates, monsters, knights or even dragons! Each week we will explore a new world and look at both fiction and non-fiction texts as well as traditional tales. During the Summer Term our topic will be ‘Into the Wild’. Again this topic will be driven by the child’s interests and will start by looking at animals and minibeasts, but this topic could end up in the rainforest or in the African desert!
Throughout the year the children will be exposed to a language rich curriculum in which they will be read a number of high quality texts and will get the opportunity to learn about rhyme, story structure, characters and role play- thus developing a love of reading. We will also have daily phonic sessions, story times and your child will read regularly with an adult.
We aim to ensure that children develop a deep understanding of all areas of the curriculum and produce fantastic outcomes each week through art, drama, speaking and listening, writing and mathematics.
Tapestry is a programme used to record the learning journey of our pupils. We will upload pictures and observations of your child’s learning. Each observation is linked to the areas of learning from the EYFS curriculum so you are able to see how your child is progressing throughout the year. You can access this at home by making sure we have your up to date email address.
Throughout the year, educational visits in Reception are used to support learning, engage children in new topics and spark their natural curiosity. Pupils naturally learn (and remember) a lot from first-hand experiences, with trips also contributing to their personal and social development, such as their understanding of risk management and teaching them valuable life skills. By supporting children in identifying risks on trips, they are then able to better manage their own safety.
End of year assessments
Our curriculum has the seven areas of learning and each area is broken down further into Early Learning Goals. Each Early Learning Goal gives specific examples of what children can do within that area of learning. Reception children will receive an end of year profile in which they will receive an ‘emerging, expected or exceeding’ judgement at the end of the year for each of the 17 Early Learning Goals. This is based on the age-related expectations as set out in Development Matters.