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Barfield School

An Independent Preparatory School for Girls and Boys



Reception children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and have access to a wide range of experiences

Activities in Reception are child and teacher inititated.  During child-initiated times, the teachers make careful observations and engage with the children, enhancing their learning through questioning, modelling, and adding more resources.  We encourage children to be independent, to be interested in the world, to ask questions and most importantly to have fun. We emphasize learning through play and are able to target each child’s needs individually due to our small class sizes.  By the time they have reached the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage in Reception, they are ready to progress on to a more formal learning environment in Year One.

The children develop understanding of mathematical concepts of Addition and Subtraction, counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s, Shape, Space and Measure,  through practical and meaningful activities such as cooking in the Cookhouse, collecting interesting natural objects outside in Forest Schools and measuring in the Sandpit.  The children are taught how to record numbers and a strong emphasis is placed on mental arithmetic.                                  

The Reception classrooms are bright and airy, well equipped with modern technology, including interactive whiteboards, large Creative areas that are always accessible, and stimulating resources at child-height, so that they can fetch and put them away themselves.  As part of building independence, we ensure that children take shared responsibility for their classroom. We also use the outdoor learning area, equipped with a pulley system, bamboo water channeling systems, and outdoor painting canvases.  Reception children use this area as part of their child-initiated play during the afternoons.                                                                                                

Some of the topics which we cover include Houses and Homes, People who help us, Dinosaurs, and Lifecycles.  Visitors such as a police officer, a dentist, a firefighter come to visit the classes to teach the children more about the important jobs they do and what the children can do to help themselves.  In addition to the visitors, we go on exciting trips, including the local Tilford Rural Life Centre in Farnham.

Children visit the school's purpose-built Library and ICT suite each week.  They are taught by specialist teachers for Music twice a week, and for P.E. three times a week, one of which is a swimming lesson.