If you think Reception children just play all day, think again. It is fun but it is still school. All the girls are in for a great day of learning. So what is a day in Reception like?
Imagine you’re 4 or 5 and you’re about to begin a day at school. Off you go into a light, spacious room full of activities and games for you to spend your day investigating. You are met at the door with a warm smile and you go to hang up your book bag which contains your homework –reading (I’m sure you all remember Kipper, Biff and Chip) as well as your sound book. This morning you can go around the different tables like the ‘Crazy Cutting’ or maybe you choose to learn outside under the new covered area. Through the morning, you get called up to do some guided maths or writing work with the teacher.
Now, you may be wondering, how can this be helping those little ones learn? They are hardly doing any work! Well, the thing is, though they are playing games, these activities either support learning in Maths, English and Science, or help develop hand-eye co-ordination, which is an important skill to acquire as it allows children to control pens for writing and learn to work with small fiddly objects.
After lunch are lessons with specialist teachers (such as Library, Drama, Dance, Music, Tennis or Gymnastics), then back to the classroom for phonics on the carpet. Today is the ‘ai’ and ‘oo’ sound. The day ends on the carpet with the story of ‘Dear Zoo’. This helps their literacy and learning skills by teaching them to love books and develops the essential skill even we in Y6 haven’t mastered yet: listening!
A Day in Reception by Sophie Price Year 6