Early Years / Reception - find out more about us

Welcome to Reception at Newtown Primary school!

 

At Newtown we believe that each child is unique and get to know them and their family, to cater for their individual needs, interests and abilities. We are very lucky to have a large and varied learning space for the children to develop and access a range of challenges. We make the most of our outdoor learning area and the children can access it in all weathers to extend their learning using all their senses. Indoors we have adopted a Hygge approach to develop a sense of comfort and homeliness where the children can feel safe and confident. The children enjoy bringing in pictures of their family and accessing the well organised and clearly labelled areas to become more independent.

 

We encourage independence in our young pupils in all areas of their development, and give them opportunities to show this with the use of our breakfast and snack station. The children enjoy making their own snacks and having control of their needs. To develop their independence and enhance their learning we hold weekly forest school sessions in our garden area. The children learn to respect boundaries around the camp fire, how to recognise plants, to use tools safely and much more. This is hugely popular with the children and they look forward to their weekly sessions! 

 

As well as the forest school sessions we also have weekly visits to our library, the children develop a love of reading through a rich variety of books. We have chrome books to hold whole class sessions for computing and to give the children basic computer skills which they can use as a foundation before going into Key Stage 1. 

 

Each term we have an exciting topic to get the children engaged in their learning and try to encourage parent participation as much as possible. Some of our topics have been 'Once upon a time', 'Amazing me' and 'Creepy Crawlies'. Included in our topics are trips to various places that give the children an opportunity to get hands on with their learning,  bringing it to life. 

 

We welcome visits to the school to meet the teacher and see our Early Years Setting, we hope to see you soon! 

Forest School

Making forest crowns with natural objects.
Identifying insects in our bug hous.
Gardening in our raised beds and learning about parts of a plant.
Noticing Autumnal changes in the garden.
Learning about camp fire safety.
Exploring our willow dens.
Drawing tree dragons with chalks.
Learning how to use tools safely

Newtown Library

Learning how to handle books with care.
Letting their imagination run wild with a book!
 Sharing a good book with a friend.