"There is a supportive family feel to the school, and pastoral care is a key strength. Most parents are happy with the school and agree that their children are happy, safe and making good progress."
Ofsted March 2017
In Cuba Class (Reception), we feel privileged to be able to work with children at the start of their learning journey. We believe our children should be taught in a nurturing and stimulating environment where the children will develop a love for learning and enhance their confidence. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, which incorporates different areas of learning: Communication and Language Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Literacy Development; Mathematics Development; Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and design and Physical Development. Through the EYFS curriculum we encourage the children to independently explore, create, discover, take risks and learn through play.
The topics we will be covering this year include; class country (Cuba), Do you want to be friends?; Why do squirrels hide their nuts?; Will you read me a story?; Why don’t snakes have legs?; Are carrots orange? and What lives in a rock pool?
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum consists of the 7 areas of learning and development, which are split into 3 prime areas (PSED, C&L and PD) and 7 specific areas:
- ) - Develops the confidence and independence of children both individually and as part of a group.
- - develops children's ability to communicate effectively through the development of speaking and listening skills.
- - develops children's skills in fine and gross motor movements, improving control and coordination of the body and help children to learn to move and handle equipment efficiently.
- - develops early skills in reading and writing and included phonics.
- - develops children's understanding of number, measurement, shape, space patterns and quantity.
- - develops children's understanding of the world around them helping them to investigate their environment, community and use of technology.
- - children learn to communicate through colour, shape, sound, texture, dance, role play and stories.
PE takes place on Thursday. You are encouraged to leave the PE kits at school and we will send them home at the end of each term. PE kits should include: suitable foot ware (trainers or plimsolls), a t-shirt (in their house colour) and shorts/tracksuit bottoms. If your child is unable to take part in PE, you must provide a signed note, stating the reason why.
Homework consists of a home learning grid which changes termly. Please choose at least one activity each week and bring it into school on a Thursday. You may choose from any column, but please make sure you do a variety of activities covering the areas of the curriculum. Each week a different piece of home learning will be chosen to receive a merit on a Friday.
Books will be changed once a week but please ensure your child brings in their book bags every day. Please try to read with your child every night. If there are three signatures in your child's reading record per week, they will receive a class point (which works towards a prize!).
If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to me or arrange an appointment.