Life in Reception
'All they do is play'. Well… "Play is the highest form of research" (Albert Einstein).
In Reception our goal is to provide as many opportunities for your children to explore and experience a rich and varied environment. We aim to provide a place which encourages children to think for themselves, to learn to be curious, to question, to wonder how and why . By providing experiences that allow the children to believe that they can achieve, to realise how amazing they are and enjoy themselves, we set the scene for a lifelong adventure of learning.
This beginning stage of school is called the Early Years Foundation stage. It is designed to ensure that children learn many basic skills that they will need to enable them to flourish and grow for the rest of their lives, in school and beyond. It comprises of seven key areas of learning – communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. The wealth of skills that children are helped to develop in each of these areas of learning illustrates the importance of this stage, the beginning stage of your child’s learning journey, and together we will help them every step of the way.
But most of all your child is joining a fun, safe and happy place that is their Ursuline family! We can’t wait to see them everyday and watch as the magic unfolds.
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I will learn" (Benjamin Franklin).
Below are some examples of learning through play and experiences:
|Here the children spent a long time planning their den which involved lots of back and forth conversation improving their speaking and listening skills. They made compromises and then had to decide which pieces of equipment would work best. They worked tirelessly to make the roof stay on and were delighted when their ideas finally came together.|
|This little girl used her experience of things she had seen during Christmas at home to make a wreath using leaves she found in school. She used the playdough to construct her Christmas advent wreath. Here she built up fine motor strength and ability in her fingers which is essential to enable writing to take place.|
|In this picture the children had all brought in signs of autumn such as leaves, small pumpkins, berries and sticks and were discussing them with their friends. They learned about nature and decay and change. They talked about colours and patterns. Then the children weighed the various items to see which was heaviest and lightest making predictions and using mathematical language and concepts about size and weight without even realising!|