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Here at Dashwood Academy we have two Reception classes: Peach Class and Pear Class.

Peach Class is taught by Miss Cavender. Peach Class starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.15 pm.

Pear class is taught by Mrs Kane and Mrs Newton. Pear Class starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.15 pm.

Teaching Assistants for Reception classes are:

– Miss Leah Jakeman (Speech & Language Teaching Assistant)

– Mrs Laura French

– Miss Georgia Armstrong

We also have other members of staff in school who often come and work in Reception too.

Reception is an exciting year for the children, but also important in terms of their learning and progress. Children start Reception at the age of 4 in September and leave in the summer term making their transition to year 1. Many children begin the year unable to read and write, and finish the year being able to read simple books and write sentences.

The Reception ‘Essential Meeting’ Presentation is available as a video and to download. Lots of information about life in school including routines, uniform, PE, clubs, homework, expectations, attendance and behaviour.

A useful website is also https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

On this page, there is some information about how our day is structured in Reception and it will also give you some information about what we are learning.

Learning to spellWe have four short carpet times a day, led by an adult. The rest of the day is independent learning time or learning through discovering. During this time, both classrooms are open along with the outside area. This allows the children to interact with others and gives them a large range of places to explore. Throughout the day the children have a mixture of adult led and child led activities to complete and areas to visit. These areas include:

• Construction• Role play - linked to our current topic • Water
• Art• Café/Snack station• Sand
• Maths• ICT • Mud Kitchen
• Writing• Small World • Finger Gym
• Phonics • Home Corner• Playdough
• Reading• Study corner

The Café/Snack table is also always available to the children. Each day there is a different type of fresh fruit put out along with cartons of fresh milk and water for the children to help themselves to.

All Reception children are entitled to free school meals, however some parents prefer to send a packed lunch instead.

Times of a school day
8.45 - Classes start
9.00 - Register & Phonics Carpet Time
9.30 - Discovery Time
11.00 - Maths Carpet Time
11.30 - Lunch
12.30 - Topic Carpet Time
1.00 - Discovery Time
2.45 - Story time
3.15 - End of school

We have PE on Mondays in which children will require a PE kit for. Please ensure this and all items of uniform are named.

Forest SchoolOn Wednesdays, the children have an opportunity to go to our wildlife area in school for Forest School (outdoor learning). Children will need a spare pair of old clothes and wellies on these days.

Homework is given out on a Friday and needs to be handed back in on a Thursday.

Details about our current topic and class story will be added to the website regularly. Our class newsletters will also provide more information on learning as well as vital dates and events. These can also be downloaded from the website here.

Please ensure the office at school has your up to date information such as mobile phone number, so you can receive information text messages throughout the year.

If you have any queries Reception staff are always happy to answer any questions or worries, so please don’t hesitate to ask.

"The teachers always help me with my reading. I couldn’t read before, but now I can!"
Reception pupil

Where next

Term 1

We will be publishing what we are learning during each term throughout the year. Watch this space to see what is happening in Term 1…

Term 1

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