Reception follows the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines and the children are encouraged to be independent and active learners.Reception has 26 children aged between four and five years old and is one form entry.
As well as the teacher-directed learning, the children have access to a great variety of child-initiated activities. The children also have daily opportunities to extend their learning in the outside area and also access to the fields and woods on the school site.
Every day, we start our learning with ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ for 10 minutes where we get our bodies moving and awake and our brains ready to learn!
Each term we send home a curriculum newsletter to inform parents of the learning going on in the classroom and also of ways you can help out.
We aim to take the children on a visit at least once a term and details are included in the curriculum newsletter. We believe that this is an integral part of the learning process and supports and enhances learning in the classroom. Reception is taught by a fully qualified teacher and an experienced teaching assistant.
The curriculum at Batley Grammar School, Primary Phase, is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all pupils and gives them the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for their future lives.
It ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.
The curriculum celebrates the diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We aim to do what is good and to be positive in everything, showing respect and care for others, across cultures, distance and generations; our environment, both near and far, and ourselves, our health and well-being. We aim to achieve this through LORIC and the ‘A Mind to be Kind’ Programme.
LORIC is a progressive programme of materials and strategies to develop life skills. We refer to as attributes: Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication - LORIC.
We believe these skills are essential for all young people, no matter what their personal level of achievement might be.
A Mind to be Kind
We aim to develop a culture of kindness without an expectation of reward. Rather than focusing on performing acts of kindness for a reward, we are aiming to shift the focus to how it feels. By doing so, it is hoped that giving and receiving kindness becomes the norm and the school will be a happier, calmer and a more productive place for everyone.
Kindness is explored through three main themes:
- Acts of Kindness
- Living Without Harming Others