Class Teacher: Mrs Jennie Ballinger
Support: Mrs Ansell and Mrs Edmondson
Class Mercury is a fun place to learn! We have 30 reception children who learn through a play based curriculum led by an experienced Early Years Teacher and 2 excellent Early Years Teaching assistants.
We work towards achieving the Early Learning Goals and as every child develops at a different pace in the Prime and Specific areas of learning we tailor our curriculum to individual needs. We use a topic based approach and where possible involve the children in the planning and development of ideas. We provide a nurturing and stimulating learning environment.
Getting to know each child is an essential part of our role in Early Years and we find the induction period crucial to this. We provide opportunities for children to visit us ahead of starting school and we make visits to children’s nurseries and homes. We spend a lot of time helping children to settle into school, to develop routines and to make new friends. We value working in partnership with families and hope to offer support and guidance as your child begins their exciting journey through school.
PE takes place on Wednesday and Thursday each week with additional opportunities at other times. Children need their full PE kit in school at all times so that we can be flexible!
Homework is set on Wednesday to be handed in the following Wednesday. Homework tasks are brief and reinforce our learning in Phonics or Maths.
It is essential that children read or are read to everyday at home and that reading is always a positive enjoyable experience. We love sharing stories in the classroom!
Some useful documents:
- Welcome to Class Mercury booklet for new starters
- Latest topic letter
- Parent’s guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage
- Jolly Phonics (hyperlink to website please http://jollylearning.co.uk/overview-about-jolly-phonics/)