We are so glad that you have chosen The Gateway to start your child's education and we look forward to working with you in the future. We very much hope that your child enjoys their time at The Gateway and we know that the first year of your child’s education is very important in making sure that they enjoy school to the fullest.
Our Reception is staffed by one teacher, Mrs Rafter, and two Teaching Assistants, Mrs Mahoney and Mrs Taylor. These members of staff are responsible for your children when they are in school. We work closely together to ensure all children are happy, safe and secure and plan activities which engage and excite all the children at appropriate levels.
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
The children really enjoyed our Easter Egg hunt where they had to find the letters to spell out a secret Easter message.
This term we have been learning about animals and have also been very excited to see the Blue Tits lay their eggs in our school bird house! We have done lots of work around this and have been researching using information books and the internet.
We have planted different fruits and vegetables! Now we need to keep an eye on them and make sure that we water them so they grow. We planted carrots, lettuce, radishes, potatoes, cress and strawberries.
During our whole-school 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' week, Swans class did lots of fun activities to help the children to take care of themselves and those around them. We did yoga, cooking and lots of craft activities. One activity was to make 'calm bottles' to take home. We made a couple of them for our calm corner in the classroom too.
The children really enjoyed their trip to Godstone Farm. They saw lots of different animals and got to search for minibeasts too, which links to our next topic.
Swans in the past!
Below are some photos of children in Swans class from previous years so you can see what they have been up to!