Our Reception

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 and settle in by 8:30am to a range of activities to choose from. This is followed by carpet time and registration. We have a busy morning with daily Phonics sessions, Numeracy lessons, Arts and Crafts, Role Play, Construction, Guided-Reading, Independent Handwriting/Drawing, Group Discussions and sharing as well as looking at books individually. Various exciting activities are planned throughout the day keeping the diverse needs of all children in mind.

Snack time is a good opportunity for everyone to socialise with each other. All children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack from home. The importance of washing hands and eating healthy is regularly encouraged. 

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.

Arts & Crafts: 
We have a free flow system where children have an access to the arts and crafts room while playing in the garden on a daily basis. 

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.