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The class teacher in Reception is Miss Brook.  Miss Brook is passionate about developing children who have a life long love of reading and who enjoy their time at school.  Acorn Class is supported in their learning and play by Miss Ballard who has worked between KS1 (Elm Class) and Reception for a number of years.

Part of our development in reading is done through a very special visitor, Chip, who comes to school once a week and he reads with each child in the class over each term. He also visits with Elm Class.


In Acorn Class we learn primarily through play. Children initiate lots of their own learning around topics. These topics are carefully planned to give our children freedom of choice, whist still meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Below gives a flavour of learning in our Reception class

Summer term for Reception is where we utilise the amazing space and grounds we have here at St Michaels. Our topic is 'At the Seaside' which lends itself nicely to a range of topics, such as food chains, changes in weather, past and present, mapping and changes within ourselves from the time we started in school until now.

As we move towards the end of the year we begin our transition days and activities where children are given time to become familiar with what will be their new learning environment and the adults who will support them in their learning. We have a range of activities planned to support this, such as the classes joining together for welly walks in the local area.


Each child in Reception is paired with a child in Year 6, who becomes their 'buddy'. Before children start school their buddies send them a card to welcome them to the St Michael's community. When we are in school the buddies act as a great support for the Reception children as every week they come down to join us in the classroom and share stories and to share some of their experiences with us, such as teaching us new games or showing us how to do new things.

Throughout the year these relationships are maintained and children get to develop a great bond with their buddy and love it when they see them at playtime!

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