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Stonehill School

Growing Lifelong Learners

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Growing Lifelong Learners


Welcome to reception. In reception we learn through play. Even if it make look like we are just 'playing', we are learning. Being outside is a big part of how we like to learn in reception, we are out in all weathers. We encourage the children to be as independent as possible and to develop a sense of curiosity.


What does a day in reception look like?


We start our day by finding our names and choosing what we would like for lunch.


Then we complete a busy fingers activity, we rotate around different activities over the course of the week. We have to find our names to know what activity we are doing. Busy fingers activities are really important for developing our hand muscles ready for writing.


Once we have done the register we have a short phonics sessions where we are learning our letters and sounds to be able to read, write and spell. We use the 'Read Write Inc' scheme. the sounds that we have learnt each week are sent home for us to practice in our phonics books.


After phonics we go to 'CHIL time' (child initiated learning time) outside. During this time the children lead there own learning, we set up activities to give the children ideas of things that they could do but the children lead their own learning. The adults join in with the children's play to model, extend, support it. 


When we come in from outside we have snack. Snack is some fruit and a drink of milk or water. We use snack time as a social occasion, we encourage discussion and idea sharing and talk about the learning that they have been doing during their CHIL time. This helps to develop the children's skills of reflection and evaluation. We talk about things they may not have gone the way that they wanted them to and how we could overcome challenges next time.


After snack we have a short maths session on the carpet, this may be as a whole class or as small groups.