The Reception or Foundation Year at Sherington CE School.
An exciting visitor showed us his true feathers
Busy bees self-register in the morning
Our listening walk
Children entering Sherington School join our Reception group in September of the new academic year and are taught by Mrs Donna Ramsden (HLTA) and Mr Colin Storey, (Assistant Headteacher and Advanced Skills Teacher). They join us after a full induction programme that begins in the Spring Term of the previous year with reciprocal staff and children visits from our sister Sherington Pre-School based in the village hall. In the summer term these visits resume with a more structured teaching focus to share facilities and observations of progress. These culminate in a series of induction sessions in school when the children are encouraged to work with school staff more independently. At this time we offer a personal home-visit and an induction evening meeting to explain the curriculum and wider aspects of school life. Parent comments, "...I went searching for the perfect village school for my daughters. The moment I stepped through the doors of Sherington I knew I had found it.....The support given to me before (starting) school was helpful and reassuring...has really blossomed since starting school and has become more indepndant." "A big thank you for making B's (and mine) a brilliant first year at school. It's down to you that he loves coming to school....My son will thank you when he is older, but I will thank you now.".
Reception children at Sherington School follow the national Early Years Foundation Stage (O-5 years of age) and build upon the practice and experiences of Pre-School, Nursery and other providers. This is an activity-based curriculum assessed continuously through observation of child-initiated and teacher-led provision. It results in a written statutory report of attainment to parents at the end of this Reception year based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile detailing progress against outcomes in the Prime (Communication & language, Physical development and Personal and social development) and Specific (Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge of the world and Expressive arts and design) areas of this curriculum.
Throughout the year parents are encouraged to join in with these experiences through regular home-learning opportunities, half-termly 'Open Door' (see below) sessions to view workbooks and displays or even through direct participation, under staff guidance, in classroom activities*. Termly parent-teacher consultations are also arranged and staff are always prepared, by arrangement to discuss children’s progress.
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