Welcome to Reception!
In Reception we have two classes - Bramley and Pippin Class:
Class Teacher: Mrs Freeman
Teaching Assistant: Mrs E Lindley (all day)
Class Teacher: Mrs Willingale (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Woodger (Wed-Fri)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Barnard (all day)
If you would like some information on how to help your child at home please see the links below.
Learning through play underpins our approach to teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage. We embrace the fact that young children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them to learn. In doing so we can provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning and to help them make sense of the world. Children have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experiences at their own level and pace. Play gives our children the opportunity to pursue their own interests, inspire those around them and consolidate their understanding and skills. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions. Our adults take an active role in child initiated play through observing, modelling, facilitating, teaching and extending play, skills and language.
We promote the use of both the inside and outside as potential learning environments and encourage free flow between these areas daily. Children are taught (particularly outside) to explore and take risks and how to manage these safely. At Barming Primary School we are extremely fortunate to have our own Forest School styled learning site. This is a unique method of Outdoor Education that allows children to develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and awareness and knowledge of the natural environment. It is a child centred and child led programme that provides the opportunity for the children to use their personal learning style to complete their chosen tasks. Children in the Early Years will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor learning every Wednesday, learning new skills such as whittling and weaving. Children will also be able to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.
At Barming Primary School we implement a structured phonics session daily. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right. When listening and responding to the children we aim to respond with open ended questions rather than a yes or no answer to encourage talk. As well as this, the programme prepares children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills in a detailed and systematic manner. This is taught on a daily basis across both classes using an engaging and interactive approach.
Phonics is taught following the Read Write Inc programme!
Reading games online activities
Phonics Pop is a fun game where children have to pop the phoneme bubbles. https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html
Phonics Play has a free section Parents can access to practise reading real and alien words. It encourages children to sound out and blend words. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ParentsMenu.htm
Phonics Bloom again has a variety of online games that help with sound recognition. https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/list/phonics-games-phase-2
Oxford owl has a selection of e-books your child can read online. Many come with some comprehension activities to support your child's understanding of the text. There is also section for Parents that shows how to pronounce sounds and provides some reading tips. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Ruth Miskin has her own website with information but you can find many resources on YouTube to support the teaching of the sounds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6OiU2h3sUI
CBeebies has games on their Alphablocks section that support reading and spelling.
Maths is taught on a daily basis. As well as discrete teaching, the children are provided with opportunities to experience and learn number through play. We recognise that Maths can take place in any environment and we promote the use of learning maths skills outside at every opportunity. At a very early stage the children are encouraged to work independently and to take responsibility for their learning during the session.