Our Reception classroom has been purposely designed so our very youngest children have their own self-contained little world with toilets and a bespoke outdoor learning environment. There is a full-time teaching assistant and very often an additional adult to support the children. Children are taught in small, focussed groups by the teacher or teaching assistant and often on a 1:1 basis or in pairs by any additional adult support. At other times the children choose their activities and learn through play. There is a role play area which often changes identity.
Lessons are planned to accommodate all abilities but we are very aware that children are at a developmental stage in their learning. We listen to children read three times a week and are privileged to welcome back a retired member of staff who helps in school weekly. Parents are encouraged to listen to their children read at home.
Traditionally, the children visit Farmer Palmer’s in the summer term.
The children are carefully nurtured and the happy, positive experience they have in Reception sets the tone for the rest of their school life at Hampreston.