Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.
Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm
Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am
Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm
Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am
To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.
Our Class Rules
In Reception, we are all equally responsible for creating a safe and happy learning environment to learn and flourish in. During the first few weeks we worked together to put together five simple rules, which we have all promised to adhere to. Looking at our five fingers throughout the school day will help us to remember the rules:
In Reception we have routines for every part of the day. These help us to ensure that no time is wasted and that everybody knows what is expected of them. During the first few weeks we have spent lots of time going over the routines and helping each other to remember them. The routines that we have in place teach the children to become more independent, organised and responsible for their own belongings. Our visual timetable is constantly referred to throughout the day to help the children remember what is next and what we have done so far. Referring to the timetable also helps the children to gain an awareness of how long the school day is and supports them if they are feeling anxious or worried.
School Council Members
During the first couple of weeks we discussed what the 'School Council' is all about and the children took some time to consider whether they would like to get involved in this aspect of school life.
Within our class we voted for who we thought would be the best school council members for this year.
When the two chosen members were announced everybody congratulated them. This proved to be a good time to talk about how we don't always get chosen for something that we would like to. Dealing with these kinds of emotions can be tricky and this is something we are learning to do respectfully in Reception.
Meet our school council members:
Our Classroom Environment
Getting to know our classroom environment is a really important aspect of being in Early Years. The children have become familiar with where resources are kept in the classroom and how to tidy these away safely. Understanding what types of learning they are going to be exposed to in each area of the classroom helps the children to understand how to use the different areas effectively. Whilst learning about the layout of the classroom the children have learnt new vocabulary which they may have never come across before, such as 'construction area', 'phonics table', 'prayer table' etc.
Here are some snap shots of us exploring our indoor and outdoor learning environments: