In Reception we continue to build on the child’s previous learning and understanding through fun, yet structured activities. A typical day includes a session of literacy, numeracy, French or music in the morning and topic, art and a variety of sport in the afternoon including ball skills, gymnastics, athletics and swimming. Topics often include investigations, such as ‘Ourselves’ as well as seasonal and national events. The children happily explore the school environment and the man-made world; they have enjoyed minibeast hunting in the woods and being a ‘history detective’ by exploring the old manor house and looking at objects from long ago. There is an enclosed outside area adjacent to the Reception classroom, allowing the children to learn both in and outdoors. From Reception onwards the children enjoy outings to local places of interest such as Bedgebury Pinetum, the Science Centre at Herstmonceux and Wilderness Wood.
Reading skills are taught in class and we aim to hear all the children in Pre-Prep read everyday. Early in the Reception year there is an introductory talk for parents where we explain the way that we teach reading and how parents can support their children with their reading at home.