In Reception, children build on prior knowledge and expand their horizons and experiences of the world. Reception children develop independence and resilience to tackle learning across a wide range of subject areas.

For some children this may be their first time in school. We wish to create a safe and welcoming environment, where children feel comfortable and supported to learn and make mistakes. We work in partnership with families to build relationships, understanding our children’s interests so that we can tailor our curriculum and environment to suit their needs. Practitioners help to influence the home learning environment by providing advice and interesting activities for families to help their children at home. We are dedicated to supporting children and families in our community to ensure they are successful in their first steps in education.

At Redhill, we work as a team to embed our school values, creating an ethos of respect and ambition. Adults act as role models for children, helping them to develop good learning behaviours and remain safe. We feel that children’s ability to identify, express and regulate their own emotions is vital for their ability to achieve in later life. Using stories, songs and role play, we help children to build resilience, form relationships and develop their self-esteem.

AUTUMN – Story Tellers:
• High quality stories, traditional tales, poems and multi-cultural stories are used to expand children’s knowledge and vocabulary.
• We will use storied as a stimulus for imaginative play, expressive arts and scientific investigation. Stories are used to explore a wide range of themes based on children’s learning needs and
interests.
• Children learn to recall and retell a range of stories, learning about a range of authors and illustrators. We also help children to explore the features of information / non-fiction texts such
as leaflets, maps, recipe books and encyclopaedias.
• Children learn to perform and create music and movement.
• Exploring special times in our lives and how these events are celebrated in different cultures.
• Children begin their synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc. Learning to blend and segment simple words.

SPRING – Our World:
• We will learn about people who help us in school at home, community and around the world. We will learn about occupations and ways of life.
• We will share our way of life and explore how this is similar or different to others.
• Children will take part in scientific investigations and real-life experiences. They will learn about patterns, change and the environment. They will be provided with opportunities to observe
and notice change in the environment and learn how we grow and change over time.
• Maths activities and problem solving will be based around real life experiences, exploring money, counting, shape and measurement.
• Children will learn how to be safe and healthy. They will learn the importance of good hygiene, sleep and diet.

SUMMER-Around the World:
• Children will learn about technology, how to operate a range of computer equipment. We will learn about researching and finding information from books and computers.
• Explore different forms of transport and ways of life around the world and compare this with our local community.
• Exploring more stories, poems and songs from a range of cultures.
• Children will build a sense of self identify and talk about what they enjoy and what makes them special.
• Celebrating diversity, learning about how different people and communities live their lives.

Reception Welcome Pack – September
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In partnership with parents, we have a dedication to ensure all children develop their basic skills in spoken language, reading, writing and mathematics.

Physical Development is key to children’s life-long learning. We place particular importance on helping children to develop physical strength, move with control and improve their fine motor skills. This will ensure they are physically ready to write. We work closely with children and families to improve children’s handwriting and writing skills. We maintain high expectation and work tirelessly to help children to be independent learners, helping them to manage their own health, hygiene and well-being. Children are encouraged to managed risks and learn by trial and error.

In Reception, we understand the importance of developing children’s speaking and listening skills. We aim to create confident communicators. We prioritise talk, providing opportunities and time for children to share their ideas, have conversations and ask questions about their learning. We provide a language rich environment and adults model high quality talk through their interactions and stories. Children are encouraged to actively engage and immerse themselves in story. They use imaginative play, storytelling and performance to widen and deepen their knowledge and helping them to make sense of the world around them.

Adults carefully plan practical and purposeful activities to introduce and embed mathematical knowledge and skills. In Reception, children are asked to practise counting and engage in a range of problem solving in their play. This helps them to develop and embed basic number sense ensuring they are ready for more complex mathematical concepts in the future. We aim to make maths purposeful using real life experiences using money, time, counting and measure. They will experience shape and measure first-hand, through construction, cooking activities and sensory play. We support children to be independent, developing and embedding maths knowledge and adults use progressive maths vocabulary by sharing number stories and songs.
We look forward to working closely with your family, as your child begins their journey on the Road to Year 1.