A typical day at Barnet Hill Reception Class
We make sure every day in Reception is full of learning, discovery and more importantly lots of fun.
Morning session: Children come in at 8:30 after which they have a free choice table top activity for 15 minutes after which they are then called on the carpet for registration and calendar followed by a focused adult led activity in which children learn literacy on Mondays and Tuesdays; numeracy on Wednesday and Thursday; and knowledge of the world on Friday. After the focused activity the staff encourage all children to join in with lots of activities in the different zones around each room from messy play, fun in the construction area, creative arts and design, problem solving through puzzles, outdoor play and many other exciting activities which are planned carefully keeping the diverse needs of the children in mind.
We have an open door policy where children are free to access the outdoor play area at any time in the day - there is always a lot to keep everyone busy.
Snack: We run snack on a free flow basis. The snack table is open from 10 am for 45 minutes and the children are encouraged to wash their hands and have a healthy snack during this time.
Phonics Session: The phonics session starts at 10:45 and lasts for 20 minutes. We follow the letters and sounds guidance and the song of sounds phonics scheme to teach phonics in the most engaging and fun way. The children engage in a carpet based phonic session for 10 minutes in which they learn a new sound each day, and then they practice to write the letter corresponding to the sound they have learnt. (Phonics and Reading Presentation for Parents - This presentation (usually during the first half of the Autumn term) is aimed to help the EYFS parents to understand how we teach phonics and reading skills. Parents will be informed about the date and time of this presentation.)
Lunch: The children have a healthy lunch at 12 noon in the lunch hall. The school provides healthy hot lunches to children whose parents have given permission while they others have healthy packed lunches from home.
Outdoor Play: Children are busy outdoors enjoying the various activities for example sand, water, construction, small world, skipping, and scooter and lot more.
Guided Reading/ E-book: The teacher takes a small group of children to read while the rest of them read an e-book.
Focused Group activity: The teacher works with small groups of children to complete a focused activity based on the learning they did on the day. The other children have access to all of the activities indoor and outdoor during this time.
Circle time/ story time: The children have lots of fun singing rhymes and listening to stories read by the staff.
Tidy up/ home time: The children help the staff to tidy up the indoor and outdoor Areas and get ready to go home, after a fun filled day spent learning at school.
We follow the national curriculum as taught by all early years setting, this contains seven areas of learning which are as follows:
1. Personal Social and Emotional Development - PSED
2. Communication and Language - CL
3. Physical development - PD
4. Mathematics - M
5. Literacy - L
6. Expressive Arts and Design - EAD
7. Understanding the World - UW
Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. Play helps them to understand the world around them and to develop socially and emotionally.Children learn by leading their own play, and by taking part in play which is guided by adults.