Reception New Starters September 2020
** New information added below. Please click on 'Welcome!' in the 'files to download' section ahead of school starting next week **
We are delighted that your child will be starting full time school with us in September and we send a very warm welcome to all our new and exisiting families.
This is currently a very unusual time for all schools and nurseries and the lockdown is possibly increasing the amount of anxiety you may have about your child starting school. We would like to reassure you that at Highfield, our aim is to make sure that you are included in your child's education every step of the way and we put your child at the heart of everything we do.
Please keep checking this page for new updates. These will be added below in the 'files to download' section over the next coming weeks.
Under normal circumstances, each year, we follow a transition process. Due to the uncertain times that we find ourselves in, we are currently putting together plans as to how this transition process will look. We will let you know details as soon as we can.
In order to help your child, prepare for school, the three Prime Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (Personal, Social and Emotional, Communication and Language and Physical Development) underpin everything we do in Reception and will be our main focus throughout the year, but particularly during the first term when children have experienced long periods at home, away from their usual setting. The document 'School Readiness' which we have attached below, outlines ways in which you can support your child at home with the transition process.
The following links also have some useful resources with regards to transition:
Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
In Reception we follow what is called a 'Narrative Immersion Curriculum.' Each term a wonderful, stimulating, exciting story is at the centre of our learning. We link each area of the Foundation Stage curriculum to the story and plan creative yet purposeful activities for the children. Of course, we build in the children's interests also to ensure that children develop and progress at a pace that is suitable for them. All children are on their own, individual learning journey and we value that journey.
Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom and outdoors will be set up by adults who have considered purposeful activities linked to the text, the children's interests and their next steps. The children will have access to these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff. During the day, children will take part in short, adult led activities. Although planned by an adult, these will be stimulating and creative activities, planned with the children's needs in mind.
Please see the document below named 'Early Learning Goals' that gives information as to what we will be working towards, during your child's first year at school.
Sharing Your Child's Learning With You
At Highfield, we use an online learning journal called 'Tapestry' to record your child's learning. This will allow you to see any observations, pictures and videos that we have made of your child in the learning environment. You will also be invited to add your own observations to your child's learning journal, as the year progresses.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Highfield Community Primary School and working together as your child begins their exciting, learning journey at 'big school!' Watch the video below, to see just some of the wonderful things that we get up to!