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Welcome to Reception!


In our EYFS Unit we learn through fun-filled, hands on activities and experiences.


Our themes for learning are decided in conjunction with the children and their interests and other exciting, seasonal events. This  helps to inspire and develop enthusiasm for learning. We aim to create a caring and supportive environment which stimulates our children to achieve their full potential.


We have lots of wonderful spaces for the children to explore and learn in. In addition to our three indoor classrooms we have a large dedicated outdoor area, a smaller garden area, sensroy room and a brand new woodland play space! We encourage the children to develop independence during their time with us. Our resources are all kept within easy-access for our children to explore and then put away again at the end of the session. We also make full use of the learning spaces available to the whole school including the Green Room for our weekly music and yoga sessions and the main school hall for our PE sessions and Worship.


The Reception Year marks the end of your child's time in EYFS. It is a busy year when your child develops academically in preperation for Year One. We place a great deal of emphasis on developing early writing, reading and number skills. We value the support with recieve from our parents in supporting their children with these key life skills. All of our children bring home a reading book each night and additional activities to support the development of their number and phonics skills. We support parents with workshops and communication via 'Class Dojo' so that our children have the maximum opportunity to reach their full potiential. 


Parents are kept up-to-date with thier child's progress through our online learning journey 'Tapestry'. We regualrtly post observations, photographs and videos of your child in this safe, online forum so that you can enjoy your child's learning journey with them. 


Our reception class love to get out into the community and make the most of our lovely village. We visit the village library on a weekly basis for a storytime session and attend the church coffee mornings. We also welcome visitors to school to further enhance our childrens learning experiences. 


We are looking forward to sharing our exciting activities with parents through observations on Tapestry. 


Meet the team:

We are incredibly lucky to have a number of staff working in the reception team. All staff have qualifications specifically in Early Years in order to provide the best possible start for your child at Chestnut Street. 


Mrs Cook: EYFS leader and class teacher on Monday's, Tuesday's and Friday's.

Mrs Walton: class teacher on Wednesday's and Thursday's.


Mrs Biglands: our full-time teaching assistant.


Mrs Dunn: works mornings in reception and also works as a mid-day supervisor as a friendly face for our reception children!


Mrs Hudson: supporting children in the reception class with their learning and development. 


Mrs Courtney and Mrs Moore, who work in Little Conker's pre-school, will also be familiar faces in the reception class.


What is happening this term?

Our value this term is HONESY. We will be encouraging our children to think about the importance of this value and how it impacts our friendships and relaionships with others. We will be thinking of those not only in our class but in the wider community as we continue our work with our friends at 'The Chestnut's' care home in Ruskington. Through  our daily worship and our class-based RE sessions we will be thinking about the impostance of God to Christians. As always, we enjoy sharing times when our children have shown this value at home and look forward to adding these to our 'Value Tree'. 


Term Five

We have a busy term ahead! The change in season and warmer weather have turned out thoughts to growing and life-cycles. We are excited for the return of the ever-popular caterpillars. We will watch them grow, change and turn into beautify butterflies! We are also excited about planting our own seeds and beans. Maybe we will grow a beanstalk with a giants castle at the top! 


Our weekly themes are as follows...

Week One: Jasper's Beanstalk

Week Two: Jack and the Beanstalk

Week Three & Four: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Week Five: Growing Frogs


Term Six

Term Six is just around the corner! Our confident, independent learners are in for a treat this term as we take a vist to Woodside Wildlife Park! We plan on making the most of the warmer weather with lots of outdoor themes to finish our year!

Week One & Two: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Week Three: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Week Four: Forest School Week

Week Five: The Rainbow Fish/Oceans

Week Six: Seasides

Week Seven: Camping 


Our value for term six is TRUST. We will be learning about the importance of trust to Christians and in our everyday lives.


Please follow us via the Class Dojo, Tapestry and Twitter for regular updates, photos and much more! We look forward to welcoming you to our open afternoon on the last day of term where you will have the opportunity to share your child's learning with them. 

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