Reception is a child’s first experience of full-time education, where they develop their independence as learners and adapt to the routines of the school day. Ormesby Primary School’s Reception class is known as Owls Class. EYFS staff work together to ensure the children have a smooth transition from Hedgehogs to Owls. Before they join the class, children will be familiar with the daily routine of full-time school and will spend time getting to know the staff better. They will also have experienced a school meal with parents and carers.
After a few weeks in Owls, your child will be assigned a key person, following the same system as in Hedgehogs. The key person will offer emotional support and reassurance to children and be a point of contact for parents and carers.
A broad and balanced range of learning experiences and child-led learning continue to form the basis of children’s education. As they mature, children’s learning continues to be tailored to match their stage of development and challenges them in their next steps of learning. Developing children’s oracy skills, spoken language and expanding their vocabulary is at the heart planned activities and provision. Children in Reception will rapidly learn letters and sounds through the Read, Write Inc. phonics scheme, developing their confidence and skills as early readers. They will bring books and words home to be learned with their parents and engage in weekly homework activities on the Seesaw app. Children are introduced to a range of quality texts and learning experiences that broaden their vocabulary and inspire them as writers, through the Read to Write scheme adopted by Ormesby Primary School.
In Owls, children will take part in age-phase and whole-school activities, such as assemblies and special events, experiencing being part of their school community. Children begin formal PE lessons and enjoy taking part in enrichment activities. New relationships are established and children will get to know other children and members of staff in school, particularly those in Key Stage 1, through working together (for example, in phonics groups). This supports children in their transition to Key Stage 1 at the end of the year.