Reception - Sparrows
Mrs Jay, Mrs Jew and Mrs Skelding are the teachers in Reception. They work alongside Miss Billingham and Miss Hollingworth who are the teaching assistants.
Our classroom is a lovely, large room, full of exciting and ever changing areas and learning opportunities. We also have a large outdoor area, a nature garden and pond.
Reception is a happy, exciting and busy place to be. Independence is promoted in both self-help skills and learning development. The children are given the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge in a wide variety of areas through captivating, topic themed learning opportunities (activities) in their 'Continuing On Our Learning' (COOL) time. The adults in the room support the children in extending their learning through questioning and providing further challenges. This is accompanied by high quality teaching and small group focus tasks.
We have weekly outdoor learning sessions in our on site forest school area, which is great for camp fires, tree climbing and 'cooking' in the mud kitchen! We also have indoor and outdoor PE sessions, in addition to use of the school trim trail. The fun and learning never stops!
At Offmore, we love reading and Reception is the time when children begin their journey into the wonderful world of reading. Offmore teaches the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. Sounds taught are embedded through a myriad of activities in school as well as home learning. Phonics learning moves through segmenting and blending sounds to read words alongside learning high frequency words on sight.
Reading is intrinsic to everything we do. There are, therefore, opportunities for the children to develop both their phonics skills and their love of reading in all areas of the classroom. Offmore also promotes reading at home. Children are able to choose a story book and decodable phonics books to take home and share. Reading at home supports children in becoming enthusiastic, independent readers. Our expectation is that stories should be shared at home a minimum of three times a week. Each week, children who read a a minimum of three times a week at home move one planet up our reading rocket towards the reading star. Those in the star at the end of the half term win a prize.
Please remember we have PE on Tuesday so please make sure you come in your PE kit ready to get active.
Forest School is every Friday – your child needs to come to school in their Forest School clothes (outdoor clothes that you don’t mind getting mucky) and bring their wellies to school (they must be named). Please wear trainers to school, we will change into wellies before we go to Forest School. We provide waterproof overalls for all children. We have a wellie trolley, so they can keep their wellies at school. Your child will use their wellies anytime, not just on Friday’s.
At Offmore we believe in giving our children the skills they need to be enthusiastic, positive and successful learners.
The children can also earn points for using their learning powers. These include:
Busy Bee power- given for active learning, such as being focused.
Unicorn powers are given for playing and exploring, using a 'can do' approach.
Magnifying powers are given for creating and thinking critically, such as using learning walls independently to further own understanding.