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! 

Tour of our Early Years Provision

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We hope this video gives you a good insight of what our setting could provide for your child in Reception. We have small classes and get to know each child and their family very well. At Newtown we are very lucky to have an extensive early years setting including classroom, outdoor areas a garden for Forest School and a Library. I hope you enjoy the virtual tour and that we can meet you in person when it is safe to do so.

Transition

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We understand that it can be very daunting for your child to start a new school. Here at Newtown we begin the transition process early to ensure the children get to know he staff and our setting well. So when they begin the year in September they should feel more confident and relaxed about starting their new journey.

Forest School

Christmas Nativity 2020 - The children performed a Covid Safe Nativity live on Zoom to their families at home this year.

Molly - Our class Therapy Dog