We recognise that starting school is an important milestone, both for a child and their parents and our experienced Reception teachers work hard to make it as natural a transition as possible.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
All children are invited to join us at a teddy bears’ picnic in the Summer term before they start, allowing them time to settle in to the class, meet new friends and spend some time with their teachers. Together they will create artwork that will adorn the walls on their first day. At the same time, parents are invited in to the School to learn more about the September start.
The Reception year
In the Michaelmas term our topic is usually ‘Ourselves’. Together we learn about ourselves and our families and how we work with others. We begin looking at numbers, using practical activities to explore their value, and how they can be created using number bonds. We also start phonic work where children learn the letter sounds needed to word build. All children joining us will be at slightly different stages in their learning but we are lucky that our small class size and high staff: pupil ratios mean that all children receive one-to-one attention to support and accelerate their learning.
As we progress through the Reception year, the children explore a wide range of topic areas, including but not limited to Festivals, Bears, Farm and Jungle animals, Traditional Stories and Rhymes and The Seaside. Children learn French and we alternate cookery and computer lessons on a weekly basis. Music is taught by our specialist Music and Drama teacher and together we sing and perform in a nativity play at the end of term.
Sport and enjoyment of the outdoors is important part of the BG education. All children enjoy PE lessons and we make great use of our outdoor space. Reception have their own covered ‘outdoor classroom’ and private outdoor space, as well as access to the main Pre-Prep play area. We also like to explore the Wild Gardens, feed the chickens and grow plants in our garden.
We know how important it is for our parents to share their children’s educational experiences. As well as recording our pupil’s achievements in their school books, we illustrate the books with photographs to allow parents to see their children’s progress for themselves. We believe that there should be an easy line of communication between parents and their child’s form teacher. Form teachers are always in the classrooms at the beginning and end of the day to chat to parents and all parents are given their form tutors email address allowing them to easily ask questions or send in family news and achievements.
Above all, we believe that children should enjoy school and be given plenty of opportunities to explore the world around them; in doing so they will discover their talents and passions and ultimately find success.