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Starting school in Reception

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Starting school

We aim to give children a happy and confident start at school by welcoming both children and parents during our Summer Term transition programme. This includes both preschool visits and sessions in school to find out about your child’s likes and dislikes, and to ensure a welcoming, happy and confident start to school at Loders Primary School.

Children in Reception share their learning environment with Year 1 children in the Wrens classroom. This mix benefits both age groups and allows new Reception age children to settle quickly with peers they may already know from preschool.

In September, the Reception children begin school on a part-time basis initially while they settle in their new learning environment. We recommend that children start on a part time basis for a short period of time. However, we are open to discussion about individual needs.

Throughout the Reception year, children experience an exciting curriculum, both indoors and outdoors, designed to meet the needs of young children. This is fun, practical, purposeful, creative and playful, challenging each child to achieve their individual potential.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum comprises six areas of learning, with each child working towards achieving Early Learning Goals in the following areas:

Communication, Language and Literacy

Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills are taught during daily literacy and phonics sessions and across the curriculum. Literacy is taught in a range of exciting ways in the Wrens. Our learning environment is stimulating and interactive with lots of opportunities to explore reading and writing activities which are both playful and purposeful.

Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy

Our daily Mathematical sessions are largely play-based and practical and incorporate topics including: Number, Shape and Space, Measures and Problem Solving. Children are encouraged to develop these skills throughout the school day and across the curriculum.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

The children’s natural curiosities and desire to find out more are stimulated by a range of activities to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them and develop early skills in Science, Geography, History, ICT, Design Technology and R.E.

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Throughout the curriculum, the children are taught and will develop a range of social skills and personal qualities based on their attitudes towards themselves and others. These skills are embedded during class chats and circle time and whole school assemblies.

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Creative Development

Creativity, imagination and self-expression are developed through role play,art, music and dance activities. Children are involved in planning creatively to enhance their own curriculum through child-led topic planning.

Physical Development

Children are given a range of opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Twice weekly P.E. sessions in addition to outdoor play are planned to meet children’s physical needs. During Reception and Year 1, the Wrens Class engage in P.E. sessions both at school and at Bridport Leisure Centre with class teachers and qualified gymnastics instructors.

At Loders Primary School these areas of learning are enhanced with child led topics based on children’s interests and understanding of the world. These activities are planned using a balance of adult-led curriculum topics and child-led topics based on their personal and varied interests. Recent topics have included: Revolting Recipes, Jurassic Coast, Exotic Pets, Light, Dark & Space, Wrens on the Go and Around the World in 40 Days.


Why Choose Loders?

  • A high teacher to child ratio
  • Above average attainment in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Small class sizes and individualized learning programmes
  • Rural environment
  • Great links with the local community and church
  • A wide range of extra-curricular activities including visiting music teachers, arts workshops and curriculum enhancing trips throughout Dorset, Devon and beyond
  • On site lunchtime and after-school clubs offering a range of sports, arts, environmental and musical experiences
  • View our outstanding Key Stage 2 SATs results here: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/

For more information about the Early Years Curriculum please visit: www.foundationyears.org.uk