Welcome to the Reception class at Enfield Academy.

In this class you will find a warm welcome from class teacher Mrs Cook and teaching assistant Mrs Briggs.

Together we provide a safe and stimulating environment for your child to grow and develop at their own pace. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and provide a range of activities for your child to get the most out of their learning with us.

Follow the link below to find out more information about the EYFS curriculum and how you can help your child.

If parents would like to find out more about the curriculum, please come in and talk to us.

Robin Class Documents

EYFS Parents Guide

Phonics

At Enfield Academy we follow Letters and Sounds as our Phonic Scheme.  The children will use some 'Jolly Phonics' actions to support them with their recognition of these sounds.

Phonics is taught daily throughout Reception and Key Stage One and the children are grouped appropriately with regards to the phase they are accessing.

The children begin their phonic journey, when they enter Reception, on Phase 2 - learning the initial sounds 'SATPIN'.  By Christmas the children will begin Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds; this stage introduces the children to digraphs, trigraphs and vowel digraphs; and by May the children should be accessing Phase 4, which will encourage them to blend polysyllabic words and teach the children valuable decoding strategies.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/how-can-i-support-my-child-with-phonics-learning/

Reading

In Robin class, we think it is important to have a 'love of reading!'. We have an area in the classroom which is inviting and comfortable for the children to choose high quality texts for the children to enjoy and share. Some Cornerstones Topics will have core books we will use to inspire the children.

We encourage reading at home and send home two reading books a week as well as a library book selected by the children.

Physical Education

P.E. is a prime area of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and to help your child achieve we will have a timetabled session in the hall, which over the course of the year will include balancing skills,dance, team games and ball skills. This session will be on FRIDAY mornings and your child will be required to wear the P.E uniform as explained in your information booklet. Please ensure your child does not wear earrings on this day or provide tape to cover the, and tie long hair back. P.E. bags will be sent home every half term. 

We take part in the Golden Mile twice a week. The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability. Trainers are useful for this activity. 

http://www.golden-mile.org/

Play

In early years a lot of our time is spent learning through play. We call it Challenge Time. Challenge Time is our continuous provision.

The purpose of an effective continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning. It should allow children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices. An important part of the EYFS is to support children in becoming active learners; continuous provision allows children to demonstrate this aspect and allows us as adults to closely observe this during their play.

Water bottles

Your child is welcome to bring a named water bottle to school to use throughout the day. There is access to a water fountain outside and we encourage the children to keep themselves hydrated throughout the day.

 We also have milk available (for those under 5) and fresh fruit for all of the children on a daily basis. 

Mud Kitchen

We have a mud kitchen which the children have access to in our outdoor area. We ask that the children wear aprons and wellies. Please provide your child with a pair of named wellies to keep at school. We provide aprons although we cannot always guarantee that the children will stay mud free!

To find out about the benefits of mud play; click on the link below.

http://www.communityplaythings.com/resources/articles/2016/the-benefits-of-mud-play