We can’t wait to welcome all the new pupils to reception in September 2020 and, while the current situation means you can’t visit the school at the moment, we are determined to find some innovative ways to ensure you still feel supported and informed as you become part of the school.
When your child starts school, there is so much information to take on board and remember. We hope that within this section of our website we will be able to answer most of your questions and reassure you at this time.
This section contains the following information:
- Welcome from the principal.
- School and classroom tour by your teacher/s.
- School handbook with information on school uniform, timings within the day, lunches, support, leadership and safeguarding.
- Early Years Curriculum.
As a parent, you may want to watch the videos by yourself first and then watch parts with your child that show them more about their classroom or elements that you think they may be anxious about.
Don’t forget to look at our home learning page, as there are lots of home and fun friendly activities for you to do over the summer in the nursery section. There are also some universal links to ideas to support children with starting school from the BBC.
If you have any questions about your child starting nursery, however big or small, please do not hesitate in contacting us through the tab on the right. A member of school staff will endeavour to respond within 72 hours.
We were thinking it would not be possible for schools to open due to Covid-19 but the way the school and teachers have pulled this is is really commendable. My child is learning a lot and there is lots of things which she started doing on her own after joining Drove. A big thanks to all the teachers
I’m happy with all the rules and regulations which the school are providing for safety and my daughter is happy to go to school. My experience with Drove is good and everyone is doing very well to protect and keep safe every child and parent. Thank you so much
It has been great to see the children go back to school again. We are happy with the way the school has taken precautions to ensure the children can safely go to school. My child started school and it has been an amazing experience and he is learning a lot
My child is very excited and happy to go to school. Drove is very welcoming after such a long break. My child talks a lot about his teachers and they activities they are doing in school. Being shy initially, he is now more vocal and confident. Many thanks to his teachers and staff for their support and comfort
My children have been excited to be back at school. All the teachers in Reception have been very helpful and well organized be it with the morning drop off and pick up times, timely updates with regards to week to week communication via text messages and Class Dojo. It was very re-assuring seeing all the children adapting so well to the new changes. Well done Reception Team. I feel my child is in safe hands
We are thrilled with our daughter’s progress since she started at Drove Primary School last year. She has grown in confidence and skill. The teachers supported her so she was able to access the environment and the curriculum at an appropriate level and build her knowledge. We were happy with the staff, both in the classroom and in the office. They were polite, friendly and helpful.
My child was very happy to go to school. She became more organised and started doing all her homework herself and independently. We were extremely pleased with her. I was only possible because of the teacher’s efforts. We are very grateful to all the teachers and your management team
We have been very impressed by the team within Reception. Everyone is so kind and welcoming. Thank you for making our daughters first experience at school so positive
“I am delighted the progress my child made in his year in Reception. He thoroughly enjoys school, learning and experiencing new things. Many thanks for your excellent teaching and supporting my son
My child enjoyed every moment when she was in Reception. She became confident, independent and learned lots of new things. The most important this is that my child was happy to go to school and she still is
Learning Through Play
In the Early Years, learning takes place through carefully planned, play-based learning opportunities, both inside the classroom and also in our specially designated outdoor area. The EYFS curriculum has been designed with seven areas of learning and development in mind. These seven areas of learning are grouped into two strands, ‘prime’ and ‘specific’.
The Three Prime Areas of Learning and Development:
These lay down the foundation for all children’s learning, ensuring that children are able to relate to others, communicate effectively, and engage with their environment. The prime areas are dependent on each other and are universal in that they occur within all cultures and social backgrounds.
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication and language
The Four Specific Areas of Learning and Development:
These can be introduced flexibly but cannot be developed alone; they build on the development gained through the prime areas. The specific areas reflect individual children’s life experiences, including their cultural and social background. Practitioners will be able to plan for children’s next steps in the specific areas through their observations and knowledge of children’s likes, dislikes, and through regular feedback and communication from families.
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
Alongside these seven areas of learning and development, the EYFS curriculum focuses on the way children learn. This is called, The Characteristics of Effective Learning. Roughly speaking, they tell us that children are learning when they are:
- Playing and Exploring: How engaged they are in an activity.
- Active Learning: How motivated they are.
- Creating and Thinking Critically: How they develop their thinking.
The essence of this curriculum will still be fundamental to your child’s learning, but the way in which staff prioritise each area will also reflect the way in which some children may have been impacted by the lockdown period and the rules of social distancing. There will be an even greater emphasis on the prime areas of learning, particularly personal, social and emotional development and wellbeing.
Play will still be a critical tool at this time to allow children to act out and make sense of what they have experienced over the last few months and how they have seen people’s behaviour change.
EY staff will be warm, responsive, and sensitive to what they observe in play and respond with appropriate talk and questioning. Even if there are distancing and resource limitation rules in place in September, settings will be able to provide calm, safe spaces for talk and reflection.
Of course, school is a different environment to the home. EY staff will skillfully help children readjust by gradually introducing routine and structure to the day as the term progresses.
If you have any questions, please continue to communicate with school through the links on this website.
My child’s Reception experience was wonderful. Great learning and great staff and teachers
Drove Primary School's Early Years Mission Statement
Children- We want the children to feel safe, secure and happy in their learning environment. We encourage the children to become independent learners with high aspirations, ready for their next step in their academic learning journey.
Environment- Our environment provides the children with the opportunity to explore and investigate their surroundings. We encourage the children to try things out and problem solve when things go wrong. We want all of the children to develop their resilience and independence.
Staff- At Drove we provide the children with a safe, secure and enabling environment with adults who are warm, kind, engaging, caring and nurturing. Children are encouraged to explore the environment and independence is promoted throughout their time with us in the Early Years. All members of staff are dedicated to supporting the individual needs of the children, coupled with high quality teaching and leading to good progress being made from their starting point with us.
Standards and Progress- Our main goal at Drove is to ensure that the children in EYFS make outstanding progress in all areas of learning through-out their time with us.