After working at Brereton for over four years now, I feel it is a total privilege to be part of such a wonderful team. I absolutely love being the Reception teacher and working with the Early Years team to prepare the children for school life. Outside school I like to spend my time walking my dog, baking and being creative.
I get to work across the school and I love being a part of the whole school community. My particular subject interests are Science, Maths and History, but I am also an avid reader and love reading with my classes. At home I am at my happiest digging in the garden listening to Test Match Special on the radio, but I also enjoy eating out and watching Manchester City.
I am the teaching assistant for Reception and I love working in such a wonderful classroom. It's an amazing thing being able support the children from their very first day at school and I feel very lucky to work with such a lovely group of people.
Welcome to Reception!
Early Years Foundation Stage
At Brereton CE Primary School we believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop as a happy, confident learner. We provide stimulating play opportunities which reflect the children’s interests and stage of learning and development. We believe in the value of an environment that enables children to be independent and it is well resourced with inviting opportunities that support children to follow their ideas and interests.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum has seven areas of learning which are divided into Prime and Specific areas. All of our learning is based around and linked to these areas of development.
Prime Areas of Learning:
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Specific Areas of Learning
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
During the school day the children learn through a mixture of short teacher directed sessions, adult initiated activities and child-initiated learning through play sessions. Teachers and teaching assistants work with the children and make observations on them which are recorded on their individual tapestry account.
In Reception the children follow a topic-based approach. They have a main topic that all work is based around as well as a focus text.
A little extra information…
Every morning, the children will have a healthy snack. Toast is available to the children at a cost of 25p each which will be added to your school spider account. If your child would rather have a piece of fruit they are welcome to help themselves to it in school or they can bring in a healthy option from home. Your child will also be provided with a free afternoon snack.
Reading Books and Sound Cards
At the start of the year, your child will bring home a library book to share with you. Later in the term your child will bring home a reading book to read with you. Your child will read at least once a week at school with an adult and a note will be put into their reading diary to inform you of their reading days. We strongly recommend that you read with your child for ten minutes a day. Your child will also bring home weekly phonics sounds to practise.
For anyone who may be struggling to understand the way we teach phonics, here is a video that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc
Reception have worked so hard at home with their parents and guardians. They adapted so well to the ever changing learning environments and we are so proud of them.
Over the course of the first half term during the summer, we will be looking at the story of 'Star in a Jar' by Sam Hay. This will lead our learning to focus on space which is a topic we feel this cohort will really enjoy. Please don't read this story with the children until after we have completed our hook lesson on the first day back.
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