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Welcome to Reception!


We have 3 Reception classes at Fleetdown Primary School. Parrotfish class is taught by Mrs Beer, Rainbowfish by Mrs Smith and Neonfish by Mrs Hurrell. We have a fantastic team of an HLTA and TAs to support all children in their learning and development in their first year at school.


At Fleetdown, we always try to motivate and engage them in their learning by incorporating the children’s prior knowledge, experiences and interests in our planning. We learn through a balance of teacher directed learning, where the children are engaged in activities and learning decided by the adult, and child initiated learning, where the child decides how they will learn and develop through play.


Our teacher directed learning opportunities include daily Read Write Inc phonics lessons, writing tasks and Maths activities. We have also started following the Cornerstones Curriculum, a fantastic, creative curriculum which encourages children to explore their learning and to develop both their knowledge and skills through stimulating engaging and aspirational lessons, activities and the environment.


During child initiated learning, the children can enjoy free-flow access to a range of activities in both the inside classrooms and outside areas, including a Mud Café, reading areas, messy play, investigation and imagination stations as well as mark making, maths and creative areas. All activities and areas are designed to provide rich opportunities to enable children to initiate their own learning and develop the learning characteristics that support lifelong learning. These include; being willing to have a go, being involved and concentrating, having their own ideas, choosing their own way to do things, and enjoying what they have set out to do.


Take a peek at some of the learning we have enjoyed so far this year.