At Linton Mead we recognise that children learn through play and first-hand experiences.
So far, this year in Reception we have been enjoying a variety of different books, particularly The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch. We read this book during the whole school project in Spring 1. Last term every child created something related to the story that they are proud of. We wrote letters, drew pictures, told stories and even created our very own lighthouses as a home learning task.
In maths, we have been using Numberblocks to learn and understand the value of numbers. The children use their new knowledge of numbers throughout our school day in almost everything that we do. Whether that is counting our building blocks or timing each other during races in the playground.
We aim to ensure that as much learning takes place outdoors as inside and offer a curriculum where children discover learning is fun. Each learning area is set up so that the children feel at ease with choosing their own resources, and developing their own activities with peers, and this enables them to become motivated in their own learning.
We use a system called ‘Planning in the moment’ and it is all about seizing the moment for children to progress. Based on what the children are already deeply involved in, this way of planning relies on our skilled practitioners using quality interactions to draw out the children’s knowledge and build on it there and then (in the moment). The staff are all skilled enough to be able to see the teachable moment from the child’s perspective and to know when to intervene and when to stand back and observe. Planning in the moment is all about capturing the moment of engagement and running with it to make sure the children progress.
Reception is made up of two classrooms and a large outdoor area. In Reception both teachers work closely with all of the children across the year group.
We have many areas that the children can take ownership of their own learning including spaces where they can explore, be creative, have quiet time and learn securely and safely. The areas that the children independently use are: woodwork, creative/making, reading, writing, music, construction and water. Most of these areas are available inside and outside.
In addition to these areas we have many large areas outside where children can develop multiple skills, these include, a mud kitchen, gravel pit, monkey bars, climbing frames, mini beast hotels, water play, planting areas and a sensory garden.
During the day the children can help themselves to self-service fruit and milk.