Welcome to the Exciting World of Reception at St Christopher’s!
At St Christopher’s, our Reception Curriculum is designed to build upon the foundations laid in our Nursery and Pre-Reception, ensuring a smooth transition for our little learners. The majority of our children enter Reception working beyond national expectations, a testament to our nurturing and engaging environment.
What Makes Our Reception Special?
- Smooth Transition: Moving from Nursery to Reception is seamless, with our children often exceeding national expectations.
- Theme-based Learning: Each term, our learning is carefully planned around captivating themes that go above and beyond the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum requirements.
- Prime and Specific Areas: Our curriculum focuses on the 7 areas identified by EYFS, emphasising the 3 prime areas of communication, physical development, and personal, social, and emotional development, along with 4 specific areas of literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.
Welcome to Year One at St Christopher’s: Where the Learning Adventure Continues!
As our vibrant learners transition from Reception to Year One, we ensure a seamless shift by providing opportunities for them to meet their new teachers and explore the Year One classrooms. The exchange of detailed information between Reception and Year One teachers ensures a smooth handover of each child’s learning journey. To keep parents well-informed, a transition meeting is organised at the beginning of the autumn term, shedding light on curriculum changes and Year One expectations.
The Year One Learning Experience:
- Engaging Topics: Our Year One curriculum is crafted around exciting termly topics, creating an immersive learning experience across all subjects.
- Rapid Progress: Teachers plan engaging lessons where children make rapid progress in literacy, numeracy, and other subject areas. Key skills are discreetly woven into core subjects like English and Maths.
- Personalised Learning: With small class sizes, teachers continually track and monitor each child’s progress, tailoring learning experiences to individual needs. Whether it’s providing a boost in specific areas or extending challenges, every child’s learning journey is uniquely supported.
- SENCO Support: Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) works closely with class teachers and the Deputy Headteacher to plan and deliver tailored programs for some children who are identified as needing a small boost in a specific area.
Subjects Taught by Class Teachers:
- Literacy (Reading, Writing, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening, Spelling, and Phonics)
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology
- Personal, Social, Health, and Education (Including Relationships and Health)
Technology in Learning: Each class is equipped with iPads, enhancing learning across the curriculum. Tailored apps linked to topics or key objectives enrich lessons and provide extension challenges. iPads are also utilised by the children for research and creative presentations.
Subjects Taught by Specialist Teachers:
- Physical Education
- Art and Design
- School Trips: Year One students enjoy at least one educational visit each term, complementing their studies. Visitors, such as dentists or animal experts, enhance topics throughout the year.
- Mathletics Fun: Mathletics, an internet-based home learning tool, develops key mathematical skills. Certificates earned are celebrated in weekly assemblies.
- A Love of Reading: Guided Reading groups and 1:1 reading with the class teacher are weekly highlights. Reading books are changed daily, encouraging evening reading with parents.
- Regular Feedback: Parents receive regular updates on academic performance through parents’ evenings, mid-year targets, and comprehensive end-of-year reports.
- Performance: Year One students participate in lively assemblies and showcase their talents in Christmas and Summer productions, fostering confidence and collaboration.
After School Clubs:
- A variety of clubs, from Football and Tennis to Art and Country Dancing, provide diverse opportunities for Year One pupils each term.
- Year One students have the chance to learn the violin in Violin Club, culminating in termly Music Concerts where parents are invited to witness their musical journey.
At St Christopher’s, Year One continues the dynamic adventure in learning, exploration, and growth.