Every week is a 'Focus week’ in Reception. This is when parental questionnaires are used to check with parents what their child's special interests are, what they like doing at school and what they enjoy at home.
We invite the child to tell us what they already know about their favoutie topic and what they'd like to know more about, providing opportunities to create and think critically. Staff in Reception use 'mind maps' to help children clarify their thinking and plans for their week.
Every child gets an opportunity to share favourite books, a favourite piece of music, a 'special object and we personalise activities around their special interests. Focus weeks motivate learning, encourage questioning, planning, descision making, thought and investigation. Special interests so far have included Pets, Gardening, Superheroes, Castles, Aeroplanes, the Gruffalo, learning the Ukulele, Baking, Birthdays etc. Focus child week’s are also used to observe and assess children whilst in their play and report back to parents.
Looking at all the special objects Nixon- a keen bee keeper, brought in for his 'Focus Week'.
Izzy brought in her pet 'Turbo' the Giant African Snail!
Making Indian head dresses after learning about Pocahontas.
Learning how to use the Ukulele as part of Isobel's Focus week.
Our Garage role play area.
Making sandwiches for birthday party preparations!
Oliver gives a class talk on a favourite day out with his family.
Making birthday cards as part of Georgia's Focus Week.
Jack and Thomas enjoyed learning about Aeroplanes and measuring distance.
Nixon and his Mum bring in their pet Bearded Dragon for show and tell.
Ashton investigates honey comb as part of Nixon's focus week about Bees.
Planting seeds as part of Sophie's focus week.
Learning about Red Indians, we went into the woods to look for sticks to make bows and arrows!
Owen gives us a class talk and demonstration about his favourite remote controlled toy.
Making Lions with spaghetti manes.
Oliver enjoyed baking cakes.
Using hama beads to make characters from Minecraft.
Designing a castle as part of Daniel's focus week.
Baking bread as part of Henley's Focus week.
Telescopes for space investigation.
Thank you Emmi for bringing your Pony to school a part of Torey's Focus week. We loved feeding it, stroking it and asking questions!