4 to 5 years
Children join Reception in the September after their fourth birthday. All children are expected to attend full-time immediately although we are flexible in the initial weeks when some children find full-time education tiring.
Children become increasingly familiar with the Reception staff and classrooms during their time in Kindergarten and the transition from Kindergarten to Reception is normally very easy. Many children join the Reception classes from other pre-school settings and they are integrated into the peer group with incredible ease. New children are invited to a ‘Taster Afternoon’ during the previous term and special attention is paid to these children to ensure that they settle quickly and happily, although we work hard to make the first few important days happy and positive for everyone.
There are two full-time Reception teachers and they are each supported by full-time Teaching Assistants. It is our policy to always maintain generous staffing levels even if children join us throughout the year. The staff take responsibility for the pastoral care of the children in addition to the assessment, record keeping and reporting procedures.
Like Kindergarten, the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is followed, with the emphasis on first hand learning through well-structured play activities. Each day is different. The specialist lessons such as Music, French and P.E. are spread throughout the week and are taught by specialist teaching staff in dedicated classrooms. Other than lunch and break-times, the remainder of the timetable is flexible, though each session is carefully planned and organised by staff.
Children attend school assemblies three times a week and will be fully involved in other areas of school life such as class assemblies, house events and Sports Days.