In Reception, the staff plan exciting learning opportunities for the children based on the prime and the specific areas of learning outlined in the EYFS guidance. At the start of Reception, children will all complete a Baseline Assessment in line with the Government guidelines and this progress will be used as a starting point to their learning. Staff constantly observe and assess children’s development and progress. Children are taught through a combination of whole class sessions, targeted groups activities or on an individual basis personalised to the child’s ability. Progress is recorded and evidenced where possible using the iPad program Orbit and next steps generated for each child. This progress towards the Early Learning Goals is then collated in individual pupil Learning Journeys at our termly assessment points.
Parents receive a written report on their child's progress at the end of the school year. In the Autumn and Spring terms, parents are invited to a Parents' Evening to discuss progress with the class teacher. There are also Open Days and 'Stay and Play' sessions, where parents are welcome to come and take part in activities with their child and speak to members of staff within the department. If a parent is unduly concerned about any aspect of their child's education, they should feel free to arrange a mutually convenient appointment with the class teacher, in the first instance.
In the Infant School, we like to foster strong links between home and school. At this stage in a child's school career this is often done informally, on a day to day basis, usually by phone, e-mail or chatting to the teacher first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. Most queries can be answered quickly by class teachers who are the most important person in your child's school day and have responsibility for your child's pastoral care.
Occasionally a more formal conversation may be necessary: then an appointment can easily be made with the class teacher, the Head of EYFS or the Head of Key Stage One as appropriate. Please see Mrs Tighe to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Every child in the Infants should have a school book bag to carry reading and library books and small items needed to and from school. Staff will also send home any school letters in book bags. Therefore, it is important that children bring their book bag to school every day.
Children also have a diary, which is for easy communication between home and school. Please write anything in the diary which you wish the class teacher to know, and we will use it likewise.