A message from Mrs Darby
Hello to our new Reception children! I can not wait to meet you all again when you start school on Monday 14th September. It was so lovely to meet you and your parents in July and I hope you are looking forward to joining us soon. I am looking forward to seeing you in your new Cradley uniforms and to can not wait to look through your special boxes. Enjoy the remainder of your Summer holidays - I hope you have managed to lots of exciting things!
What to expect in Reception
In our class we have phonics and number sessions every day. We also complete speaking and listening activities and 'talk for writing' activities most days. We follow 'Letters and Sounds' for our phonics and also enhance this with Jolly Phonics.
When children first start school we share books without any words while they learn how to to blend letters to form words. Once they have mastered this they will have a reading book with short sentences and a bag of high frequency words to learn. We have several different reading schemes we use in school to offer a broad and varied experience of books. We have Oxford reading Tree Floppy Phonics, Oxford reading Tree Decode and Develop and Oxford Reading Tree Fireflies and Snapdragons. The three schemes allow phonics skills and key word skills to be developed.
Throughout the day, the children get regular times to explore their own interests through play and many of our teacher directed activities have a play based approach.
We fully understand that children are unique and all develop at their own rates. Activities in the classroom are differentiated to meet the variety of needs.