Transition into School
The children who enter Reception at Queen’s House often come from a variety of different nursery settings. The teachers will visit each pupil at their nursery before they join Reception in September. This is an ideal time to talk to nursery staff and the children to ensure a smooth transition; in addition to this, the pupils are invited into Queen’s House for social occasions such as theatre performances, Mini Sports Day and Summer Concerts. An afternoon in the summer term is dedicated to new pupils and their families, when the parents have the opportunity to meet and get to know one another before their child starts school, and the children are able to spend the afternoon with their teacher in the classroom. The children are taught by experienced Early Years staff who value each unique child. Classes are kept small to ensure pupils are well nurtured, with individual needs being met. Focused teaching and observations ensure that good progress is made by all children across the Early Years curriculum. Children are taught by specialist teachers in Spanish, PE, drama and Music.
Communication with Parents
When the children start school, there is an information evening to inform parents of day-to-day learning approaches, which parents are able to use to support their child at home. There is then a formal Parents’ Evening each term where parents will receive a My Life at Queen’s House summative short report. This is an opportunity for teachers, children and parents to reflect on the term’s learning so far. On a day-to-day basis, teachers can be contacted by parents before school and are welcome to visit the classroom with their child after school.
Real-Life Learning Experiences
Throughout the year, Reception have many visitors into school, and trips out of school, such as the Owl Visit, Hong and the Chinese Students, theatre companies, Ollie Heath the Rhythm Master, artists, Jules: Pond Dipping, Science Rocket Factory, Fire Service, Police, Dental Hygienist, Pizza Express and Aldeburgh Life Boat. These valuable experiences are an important part of the children’s learning, and provide them with an understanding of the world around them.
A Day in The Life at Queen’s House Reception Class
8:30 – 9:00
The children come into school independently and organise their possessions for the day. They will look at the pictorial timetable so that they are aware of the routine for that day. The first half an hour is a quiet time where the children will access table activities including; puzzles, busy books, drawing, reading and whiteboards. Registration is at 9:00am.
9:00 – 10:30
Once a week Padre Cook leads one of our assemblies. The assemblies include stories, drama, songs and prayers. Assembly is followed by Literacy. During this lesson the children will have a learning focus. For example phonic work, story writing, non – fiction labelling and sequencing. The teacher will introduce the learning focus to the lesson, and also the continuous provision both inside and outside the classroom that is available that session. The children work in small focused groups with the Teacher or Teaching Assistant whilst others are involved in activities related to the Early Years curriculum, the seven areas of learning.
10:30 – 10:50
Queen’s House children enjoy playtime together as a whole school. This is a chance for them to socialise, to have a drink and a healthy snack. The children are taught traditional playground games and have access to climbing frames, trikes, and the astro-turf for all year round ball games.
10:50 – 12:00
After playtime Music is taught by the music teacher. This lesson is located in the hall where there is a piano and variety of instruments for the children to access. This space also enables the children to learn, listen and move expressively to music. After Music the children will have Mathematics. This takes on the same learning approach as Literacy. Therefore some children will be at a focused activity for example, counting, adding, using shape, Maths games and weighing objects, whilst other children will be accessing continuous provision to support and consolidate in their independent learning.
12:00 – 12:30
The children walk over to The Tuckwell Room for a hot lunch at the Senior School. All children wear their aprons for lunch. The teachers eat with the children at their tables, and encourage them to eat up all their dinner. There is always a choice of foods and special dietary requirements are catered for. After lunch the children go out to play together. Some children partake in a lunchtime club for example Ballet, which is taught by a specialist teacher.
1:30 – 2:45
Each week the children have P.E. during two afternoons. They are encouraged to change independently into a P.E. kit. The lesson will start with a warm up activity linked to a healthy lifestyle. This may take the form of a team game. The main lesson will focus on either Gymnastics, Games, or using big and small Apparatus. The children are encouraged to be aware of the space around them and participate co-operatively and fairly with their peers. At the end of the session a cool down activity will enable them to reflect on the skills which have been learnt. Each week Sports Leaders from the Senior School lead a P.E. session with the Reception children. This enables them to develop their Personal, Social and Emotional Skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. The children thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to learn from the Senior School pupils.
2:45 – 3:00
Whole School playtime. Once a week the children are allowed to bring in a toy to play with at playtime.
3:00 – 3:30
Each week Parents are invited into Queen’s House to support their child in a learning activity in a ‘Parent Session’. This is an opportunity for parents to become more involved in their child’s education. Sessions may include parachute games, gardening, cooking, maths and phonic games, library sessions and art activities.
At home time the children are taken out to meet their parents in the playground. Some children taken the opportunity to talk to their parents about their day and show them the work they displayed in the classroom. The teachers are always available to talk to parents at the end of the day. After school clubs are available for children to attend, as well as Late Room until 4:30, for a more flexible pick up, and an after school club until 6pm for those who need it.