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Welcome to Reception!


The Clever Caterpillars 2015-16


Things to remember:

* MONDAY - Water bottles returned to school

* MONDAY (summer term only) - PE lesson

* FRIDAY - PE or cooking (alternate weeks)

* FRIDAY - Homework and 'Caterpillar News' given

* FRIDAY - Gruffalo and Elmer (class toys) sent home

* FRIDAY - Water bottles sent home for the weekend

The Queen's 90th birthday

The Queen's 90th birthday 1

MYSTERY READER - A suprise afternoon visit from our older peers!

MYSTERY READER - A parent or relative comes to share a story with us at story time. We don't know who is going to turn up each week!





Within the Early Years Foundation Stage, learning concentrates on seven areas.

These are split between prime and specific areas of learning.


The prime areas of learning are:

* Personal, Social and Emotional Development

* Physical Development

* Communication and Language


The specific areas of learning are:

* Literacy

* Mathematics

* Understanding the World

* Expressive Arts and Design


Each of these areas is implemented through planned and purposeful play, a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. The children experience an exciting curriculum, both indoors and outdoors. The curriculum is creative and play-based and challenges each child to achieve their individual potential. Children are encouraged to become independent and active learners through effective teaching and learning opportunities. Active learning and creative thinking are critical to each child’s development.  We ensure that there is a balance of creative adult initiated activities, opportunities and resources for your child to initiate their own learning both indoors and outdoors. This inspires them to gain a curiosity of the world around them, develop their social skills and be motivated to try new activities.





Learning challenge curriculum - At Overseal Primary School we have introduced the ‘Learning Challenge Curriculum’ this year. The Learning Challenge concept is built around the principle of involving children in planning their own learning. It requires deep thinking and encourages the children to work using a question as the starting point. Teachers and children use a ‘Prime Learning Challenge,’ (expressed as a question) as the starting point. This is followed by a series of smaller planned challenges. There is usually a new learning challenge question each week. The important thing is that the learning challenges need to make sense to the children and are within their immediate understanding. Every Learning Challenge begins with a ‘WOW!’ This is something exciting that will grab the children’s attention and ‘set the scene’ for the learning which will follow.  Each half term there will also be a specific planned outcome. This is what the children will work towards with their weekly challenges.



WOW Moments - We encourage parents to share the achievements of their child out of school using the WOW moment slips. The children put these into their star wallet on the classroom door ready for us to share in class with friends. They enjoy receiving the praise and recognition of their success from their peers.


Caterpillar News - We send home a weekly newsletter to let you know what we have been learning about each week. We also include notes and reminders of upcoming events and activities.






The Clever Caterpillars 2014-15

What we have enjoyed doing in Reception this year! (July 2015)

End-of-year photo of the fabulous 'Clever Caterpillars'!

End-of-year photo of the fabulous 'Clever Caterpillars'! 1

MYSTERY READER - Every Friday at 3pm, Reception Class are visited by a 'Mystery Reader'! This can be a parent, grandparent or even an older sibling. We never know who is going to turn up!

MYSTERY READER - Every Friday at 3pm, Reception Class are visited by a 'Mystery Reader'! This can be a parent, grandparent or even an older sibling. We never know who is going to turn up! 1