The Reception class motto is “I can”, because the children are encouraged to believe they can do anything – all they have to do is try! Every small step is a great achievement and they are encouraged to develop their independence.
We follow the Letters & Sounds programme for the learning of phonics and use a range of reading schemes to support the learning of reading. We regularly send reading books and phonics cards home to challenge the children. We also provide lots of information to parents on how to support their child learning their phonics at home. The children always impress us by their memory of the phonic sounds, songs and actions.
We use ICT to support our learning, we have iPad phonics, maths and finger control games that we use regularly. We also use remote control cars, programmable toys, tape recorders, the interactive whiteboard and laptops.
The children enjoy working in their very own, secure, outside classroom. We simply see this as an extension of the indoor classroom. The children enjoy using the outdoor area for number, language and many more activities.
Outside, we have recently renovated our outdoor learning area. The children become garden detectives and have their own small sensory garden and spend time planting bulbs and seeds and looking for minibeasts in the log pile and under stones. They climb and play in our new tree house and create their own mixtures in our mud kitchens.
Our school grounds are lovely and the children enjoy seeing how they change throughout the year. The children also have the chance to explore the local area by going for walks in the local community, visiting the local shops, the library and the church.
We also have a special class bear called Billy. Billy is loved by all the children and they really look forward to taking him home and showing him all the fun things they do outside school.
We encourage a good relationship with parents and by working together we can learn, adapt and enhance how we develop each child’s unique strengths as they start their school journey here at St.Michael’s CE Primary school.