We have prepared a video to give you an insight into life at Tadley Primary School and all we have to offer you and your child. We hope you enjoy it!
A day in the life of a Reception child at Tadley Primary School
At Tadley Primary School we have two small classes in Reception; Dolphin and Starfish Class. Mrs Pither and Miss Wood are the teachers for both classes and are supported by Mrs Jaggard and Mrs Meakes who are our learning support assistants.
Reception is the final year of the Foundation Stage, where children work towards achieving their Early Learning Goals. It is where our children will transition from Nursery into our Key Stage One Curriculum.
Here at Tadley Primary, our children follow a play-based and child-led curriculum. We listen to our children’s curiosities and interests to plan our lessons. Along with having many opportunities to play, we also have more formal lessons that take place on a daily basis. Lessons include; Phonics, Maths and Literacy. Each foundation stage area is incorporated within the areas we set up around our environment.
During Reception, our children will become increasingly involved in daily school life, such as having lunch in the school hall, participating in whole-school assemblies, Sports Day and being a part of a nativity.
A typical day in Reception:
8.45 ~ Doors open and early morning tasks
Our doors open to our children where they independently walk into school, hang their belongings on their pegs and place their books into the relevant boxes inside the classroom. The classroom will have a variety of ‘Early Morning Activities’ ready for them to choose from.
9.05 ~ Register
During our register time we talk about the day ahead, choose what we would like to eat at lunch and complete our calendar. We discuss the days of the week, months, year and seasons. We count how many children are present and take away those who aren’t; encouraging our number skills. We share what we have been up to during our weekends and evenings, developing our speaking and listening capabilities.
9.15 ~ PhonicsWe teach phonics through the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children are introduced to reading through different ‘Phases’ that start with linking letter names to sounds. We play rhyming and listening games, alongside being introduced to key words. We teach whole-class phonics and have various phonics activities and challenges throughout our continuous provision. Children will learn four sounds a week and are blending sounds to make words by October half term.
9.35 ~ Dough Disco and fine motor activities
To help develop our children’s ability to write and handle tools with ease, we provide many opportunities to strengthen their gross and fine motor skills. We complete ‘Dough Disco’ and fine motor activities daily, which the children thoroughly enjoy!
10.00 ~ Free flow and snackWe allow our children to ‘free flow’ between the two classrooms and the outside and indoor areas. Children will find carefully planned activities that cover all areas of the Early Years Curriculum. Activities are enhanced to challenge our children and are adapted to reflect their interests. Adults will support children’s learning in this time, take observations or lead ‘adult-led’ tasks.
11.30 ~ Numeracy
During our maths sessions, we focus on key counting skills, basic number knowledge and shape, space and measure. We introduce new concepts as a whole class and then provide follow-up activities within the environment and 1:1 sessions with an adult. Children will be encouraged to complete independent tasks which will be tailored to their own abilities in order to help them make good progress.
11.45 ~ Story time and singing
We finish our morning with story time and a few songs. Stories are an integral part of our curriculum and we are passionate about developing a love for reading and storytelling. Our carefully chosen texts will often lead on to further activities within our zones.
12.00 ~ Lunch time
Reception use the school hall to eat their lunch and have a slightly earlier lunch than the rest of the school. Two members of the Early Years team serve food and support the children throughout their lunch time. A variety of nutritionally, well balanced meals are offered for lunch; including a meat, vegetarian, jacket potato and picnic option. Some parents also choose to send their child in with a packed lunch. The Reception children then play in our own outdoor area for the remainder of their lunch time.
1.00 ~ WritingChildren should only start writing when they are physically ready to. The first half term is focused on strengthening these muscles in order to support their writing ability. The children are offered plenty of writing opportunities around our environment and write for a purpose. Some examples might include writing a letter to the Forest Fairies and posting it in the post box, writing a postcard to Bear in ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, asking him if he would like to play hide and seek with us, or simply writing our own name stickers at the beginning of term to help our class friends get to know each other. We teach grammatical concepts and skills through whole-class teaching and during 1:1 sessions.
1.30 ~ Free flow or Forest School sessions (1.30-2.45):
Children participate in Forest School sessions twice a week either down at our local forest (just a short walk away) or on our school site. Sessions usually take place in the afternoons. During our sessions we get to jump in all the amazing muddy puddles, build dens, go on bug hunts, climb and explore the forest area, build shelters for our forest animals and create magical potions for our Forest Fairies!
2.30 ~ Yoga and Mindfulness
Supporting our mental wellbeing is very important to us here at Tadley Primary School. We take part in regular mindfulness activities, circle time and yoga. We learn how to manage our feelings, promote loving, healthy relationships, discuss what we are grateful for and develop our resilience and perseverance.
2.50 ~ Story time and reflection
At the end of the day we often reflect on what we have learnt, achieved and enjoyed during our day. We share experiences and set challenges and goals we would like to achieve the following day. We often read another story before going home.
3.00 ~ Home time!
The children are encouraged to independently gather their belongings ready to head home. We sing our ‘Goodbye’ song and tell each other we’re looking forward to seeing everyone and exploring again tomorrow.