Welcome to class 1
At Friezland we have a small reception class of 13 pupils. The teacher is Mrs Butterworth who works with learning support assistants Mrs Smithies, Miss Skeldon and Mrs Moores.
We are very lucky to be able to provide both indoor and outdoor rich learning environments. We also run a very successful Forest Fun session in our small garden area every week for Reception children.
Our Indoor and Outdoor Classrooms
We work with the new Early Years Foundation Stage and provide both adult led and child initiated learning opportunities. We have exciting and stimulating provision areas again indoors and outdoors. We work very closely with our small class and pick up on individual interests when planning our next steps for learning.
Our classroom is very exciting and it changes all the time with different areas in which to learn. We have a mark making area, book corner, construction area, number area, creative area, role play and small world areas. Outside we have water, sand, small world, garden, role play, painting, large construction & den building areas.
Working with our Parents
Parents are encouraged to attend workshops when they can support their child to complete a range of fun activities. We encourage parents to work very closely with us and contribute towards observations and assessments via Tapestry to help provide a clear, accurate picture of each child’s development and learning at school and home.
We ask our children to read at home everyday for 5 minutes with a family member. Children bring home sound, word and number cards to learn and in the Summer Term begin to practice spelling the 45 high frequency words.
Prior to children starting at Friezland we run a series of transition opportunities. We do a home visit, a preschool visit; we invite pre school children into school for our ‘Really Wildshow’ when they get to meet a range of minibeasts along with their class peers and a morning/afternoon visit to spend time in the classroom which includes lunch.
Our children are all looked after by a Year 6 Buddy when arriving in school. Reception children spend time with their Buddy at playtimes and lunchtimes and also pair up with them for Buddy Reading and other activities throughout the year.
We have a class bear in Reception called Herbie. He spends each day watching us learn and each evening he goes home with a child who he thinks has worked extra hard, or been very kind to someone in class. He comes back the next day and shares the adventures he has had at each child’s home.
- Jungles, Forests and Dinosaurs.
- Festivals and Celebrations.
- The Garden and Minibeasts.
- The Seaside and Pirates
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Is Your Child Ready for Reception Class?
Use this poster to support and encourage your child to be well prepared for starting Reception Class.