Welcome to the Reception Class Page.
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back into school on April 19th. We will become Pirates, mee hearties for half a term and we will be reading books with Pirate characters which we will use as a stimulus for developing our independent writing. We will be investigating how to make boats that float and what makes them waterproof. We are planning to continue with our numberwork and looking at one more and one less.
Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Lyle
At Hazlemere we believe that the time spent in Reception is paramount to building a solid foundation for future learning. In Reception, children are able to consolidate their skills and knowledge gained from Nursery and Pre-School and extend these skills further to begin early reading and writing. We believe that communication and language is very important and we have time throughout the learning day to focus on effective communication skills. Children's interests and passions are at the heart of our planning and this is reflected in the learning. When children are interested and excited, they engage in the learning, which results in the children enjoying their days at school.
During their time in our Reception class, through the Characteristics of effective learning we aim to foster every child’s independence, nurture them, inspire learning and provide challenges that extend their learning.
Reception children enjoy a generous amount of indoor and outdoors space as well as their own classroom, Reception children have access to the main school building and all of its facilities: library, prayer space, ICT room, outdoor swimming pool and a large and exciting outdoor garden and playfields.
We value our relationship with Parents and we hold termly workshops (currently disrupted due to Covid). We also use Tapestry as a way of recording children's learning of new skills and we encourage parents to add to the journal to ensure we have a clear picture of the child's interests and progress.
We believe that children should be given opportunities to develop effective learning skills through Child Initiated Learning both inside and outside, in small groups and whole class sessions. We also plan for one to one sessions in the afternoon and small focussed group work. We want all of our children to feel proud of their achievements and learning and also to be ready and confident for their next stage of their learning journey into Year 1.
For more information about starting in Reception, please download our information booklet on the admissions page.
We would welcome the opportunity to show you our Early Years building where our Reception and Nursery class is based. If you would like to book a tour, please call the school office.
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The prime areas of learning are...
CL communication and language
PD physical development
PSED personal social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are...
EAD expressive arts and design
UW understanding the world
There are 4 key principles that underpin our practice in the Early Years at Hazlemere C of E.
A Unique Child We recognise that all children are different. We identify and celebrate their strengths and support their areas for development.
Positive Relationships Our pupils interact well with each other and with the adults in the school. We encourage parents to be involved with their child's education.
Enabling Environments Our indoor and outdoor areas encourage exploration, investigation and independent learning. Our displays and resources are well maintained and reflect current learning.
Learning and Development Pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points. Learning is playful, practical and purposeful and builds upon prior attainment. Our children enjoy coming to school.