The Reception class is an exciting place at Solefield School. Boys are actively engaged in enthusiastic learning and make excellent progress during the year in all aspects of their learning and development. They achieve well above the national average by the end of the year.
We have a small class with a full time teacher and teaching assistant. We believe that it is very important to nurture a close working relationship between the staff, parents and boys as they settle into Solefield School and embark upon their wonderful learning journey here. We take pride in knowing our individual boys well.
A large emphasis is placed on the development of early reading, writing and number skills in our Reception curriculum. The phonics programme (Read Write Inc.) takes up a considerable part of our Literacy, focussing on systematic, synthetic phonics to teach reading and writing alongside each other and the wider Literacy curriculum. In Mathematics we follow many of the Singapore Maths principles providing experiences though concrete-pictorial-abstract processes. The development of language and mathematical understanding complement the development of problem solving skills at this young age.
In addition to classroom based activities, the boys enjoy specialist teaching for Music, Violins, ICT, French, Art, PE and Swimming. Good use is made of outdoor learning spaces within the school, and trips outside the school, to stimulate the children's imagination and to extend their learning experience.
The Reception class has opted out of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, which provides us with greater flexibility to tailor our curriculum to our boys. It still covers the areas of learning and development laid out in the framework because these areas are at the core of the children's learning within Reception.
They form the foundation on which the children will build as they move through the Reception year, up to Year 1 and further up the school.
All Reception children attend for the whole day from 8:15am - 3:00pm, following a ‘settling in' period of mornings only for the first ten days (click here for the Reception timetable). Our Reception Parent information booklet gives you some of the daily information that you need as your son starts in Reception; click here to view.