Reception Classes

Please click here to view Reception Induction Meeting Presentation, June 2018

Starting School in the Reception Class

Parents and children will be invited to an evening induction where they will be able to ask questions about areas such as uniform and lunchtimes and meet members of staff.  Please note that all pupils will enter the reception classes together regardless of birthday unless parents opt for deferred or part-time entry.

Home visits will be undertaken at this stage for parents whose child was being looked after at home or another nursery/preschool/child minder provider, which helps us form strong relationships with parents and children in their own homes.  The partnership between home and school is very important in the foundation stage and we encourage parents and carers to talk to the teacher if there are any concerns.

The Ethos of the Reception Class

The Reception class at Newport aims to provide a friendly caring atmosphere, where learning of all aspects can take place.

The learning is both formal and play orientated.  Through play, children are able to discover, practise and refine skills in language and mathematics.  They also find out about themselves and their environment.

The children are encouraged to become independent.  Skills fundamental to a child’s development are taught and practised.  Many skills such as reading, sorting and sequencing, using scissors, throwing and catching a ball, singing new songs and rhymes, clay modelling and computer work, are all introduced to the children.

Social development takes place within this play-orientated atmosphere.  They learn how to behave in a classroom situation by being taught to share and co-operate with other children and adults.  The children are taught the listening and attention skills needed in a Reception class.  They are taught to know what is acceptable and what is not.  High standards of behaviour are expected of all pupils from the start of school.

Gradually as they mature and feel happy and secure, we aim to develop a good positive work habit within each child.

We encourage parents to play an active role within the school and you are, of course, welcome to discuss progress with teachers at any time.

We want to ensure that your child has a happy start to school