Early Years / Year 1
When your child first starts school it is really important that they are setteled and happy to come to school. So all the adults at school spend the first few weeks getting to know the new children and helping them to make new friends. We help them to learn where things belong in the classroom, how to keep safe at school and about their new routines at school. Once the children have gained these early skills, then the fun really begins!
The whole team get really excited about learning through themed topics each term. We gain an idea of where the children’s interests are and then turn their ideas into fun activities that develop their individual learning. Sharing ideas in this way often sparks other children to try new and exciting challenges that they may not normally approach. As the children have the freedom of learning both indoors and outdoors we can create their learning experiences in a variety of ways.
Each day is packed with learning which includes Read Write Inc, daily maths, reading, handwriting and topic sessions. These are short to begin with and as the children develop and are able to concentrate for longer periods of time the sessions become longer as the year goes by. In between these structured times there are opportunities for children to explore activities of their own choice during ‘Child Initiated’ sessions. These are really important times where the children can find out and explore their own ideas. We support children to gain self-confidence and help them to become independent and motivated learners, taking risks and persevering to overcome any problems along the way.
At Reculver School we simply love learning! Please take a look at the Early Years Curriculum Overview so that you can see the exciting topics that will support your child’s learning this year.
To support the childrens’ topic learning we are planning several visits this year. Further information will be follow in due course.
- Term 2 – visit to St Mary’s Church
- Term 3 – Visit to our local area
- Term 4 – Visit from the local Fire Brigade
- Term 5 - Visit to Dover Castle
Children will receive Home Learning tasks throughout the year and we hope that you will find these fun learning opportunities for you to share with your child at home. We suggest that the tasks are recored in a scrap book so that the children can share these with their class teacher and their friends at school.
We ask that you read with your child everyday and that you spend time talking to them about their day. This helps to develop their literacy and language skills, which are key to many aspects of their learning. We also send home a copy of the letter formation mat to support writing at home and word strings so that you can help your child to learn to read and write all the High Frequency Words.