Early Years Foundation Stage
Beginning school is an exciting event for you and your child, and it won’t be long before your child will be starting with us at Ranelagh Primary School. There will be lots of new things to learn and of course you will want to ensure that your child is well prepared for this important event. At Ranelagh Primary School our motto is `Be the Best You Can Be’ and this value is the foundation of everything we do. We strive to provide an environment and curriculum that underpins our ethos and our 5R values – Respectful, Resilient, Remarkable, Responsible and Right Choices.
|Our aim is to provide a happy, stimulating environment where every child will be given the best possible opportunities to achieve their full potential and an education which will nurture their needs as individuals. We believe that Early Years should provide a solid foundation on which to expand and foster a deep love of learning and we believe in developing independence within a secure and friendly atmosphere that promotes equality of opportunity, respect for cultural and religious diversity and good self esteem.|
As our Foundation Stage children enter the classroom they learn through a variety of play and real-life experiences. We ensure there is a balance of adult led and child initiated activities across the day. The adults’ role is to continually model, demonstrate and question what the child is doing.
|Each day we follow a timetable with set routines in place. We set aside times each day when the children come together to be taught in the more traditional sense, gathered together on the carpet as a class. In these slots we focus on our topic work, maths, literacy, phonics, and stories. These sessions help to develop vital habits of learning: learning as a group, listening to the teacher, taking turns to answer, sitting still, etc…|
|Reading and story play activities are an important part of the day. We want to make sure our children have a love of books and will leave Reception with a bank of stories they know well, both traditional and modern classics. We make sure there is always time for a whole class story at the end of the day but also that there are many opportunities to enjoy books at other times. Every child is given their own book bag and has a designated day when they will have one-to-one time sharing books with an adult or a group reading session.|
|Learning through play is an important part of our Early Years classrooms. We believe children learn best from activities and experiences that interest and inspire them. Using children’s interests as a starting point, we provide children with stimulating, active play experiences in which they can explore and develop their learning to help them make sense of the world. They have opportunities through their play to think creatively and critically alongside other children as well as on their own. They are able to practise skills, build upon and revisit prior learning and experience at their own level and pace. The children learn to adapt, negotiate, communicate, discuss, investigate and ask questions.|
At Ranelagh we constantly review our provision in consultation with parents and our wider community. We believe in a working partnership that impacts positively on children's development and a shared commitment to the success of our children, where parents have a positive role in complementing and supporting the work of the school. For further information about how you can help your child settle into Reception and the important role you play as parents please download the attachment below.
To apply for a place in our school please download the pupil registration form below. Likewise, please visit the admissions section on our website by clicking here.