Welcome to Reception Class (RCW)

In our EYFS Unit we learn through fun-filled, hands on activities and experiences.

Our themes for learning are decided in conjunction with the children and their interests and other exciting, seasonal events. This  helps to inspire and develop enthusiasm for learning. We aim to create a caring and supportive environment which stimulates our children to achieve their full potential.

We have lots of wonderful spaces for the children to explore and learn in. In addition to our three indoor classrooms we have a large dedicated outdoor area, a smaller garden area, sensroy room and a brand new woodland play space! We encourage the children to develop independence during their time with us. Our resources are all kept within easy-access for our children to explore and then put away again at the end of the session. We also make full use of the learning spaces available to the whole school including the Green Room for our weekly music and yoga sessions and the main school hall for our PE sessions and Worship.

The Reception Year marks the end of your child's time in EYFS. It is a busy year when your child develops academically in preperation for Year One. We place a great deal of emphasis on developing early writing, reading and number skills. We value the support with recieve from our parents in supporting their children with these key life skills. All of our children bring home a reading book each night and additional activities to support the development of their number and phonics skills. We support parents with workshops and communication via 'Class Dojo' so that our children have the maximum opportunity to reach their full potiential. 

Parents are kept up-to-date with thier child's progress through our online learning journey 'Tapestry'. We regualrtly post observations, photographs and videos of your child in this safe, online forum so that you can enjoy your child's learning journey with them. 

Our reception class love to get out into the community and make the most of our lovely village. We visit the village library on a weekly basis for a storytime session and attend the church coffee mornings. We also welcome visitors to school to further enhance our childrens learning experiences. 

We are looking forward to sharing our exciting activities with parents through observations on Tapestry. 


Meet the team:

We are incredibly lucky to have a number of staff working in the reception team. All staff have qualifications specifically in Early Years in order to provide the best possible start for your child at Chestnut Street. 

Mrs Cook: EYFS leader and class teacher on Monday's, Tuesday's and Friday's.

Mrs Walton: class teacher on Wednesday's and Thursday's.

Mrs Biglands: our full-time teaching assistant.

Mrs Dunn: works mornings in reception and also works as a mid-day supervisor as a friendly face for our reception children!

Mrs Hudson: supporting children in the reception class with their learning and development. 

Mrs Courtney and Mrs Moore, who work in Little Conker's pre-school, will also be familiar faces in the reception class.


What is happening this term?

Our value this term is COMPASSION. We will be encouraging our children to think of others and understand the importance of making everyone feel included. We will be thinking of those not only in our class but in the wider community as we continue our work with 'The Chestnut's' care home in Ruskington. Through  our daily worship and our class-based RE sessions we will be thinking about the stories Jesus told which link with this value. As always, we enjoy sharing times when our children have shown this value at home and look forward to adding these to our 'Value Tree'. 


Term Three and Four...Julia Donaldson Stories

Our foucs this term is stories by Julia Donaldson. Each book will cover a new theme which have been inspired by the interests of our class. 


Week One & Two: Stick Man 

Week Three & Four: The Snail & The Whale 

Week Five & Six: What the Ladybird Heard 


Week One & Two: Tyrannosaurus Drip 

Week Three & Four: The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child

Week Five & Six: Zog



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