Welcome to the Reception class blog, where we will be updating you on what Reception class has been up to each week.
My name is Ustaadah Nadia and I am the class teacher. Along with Ustaadah Seemab, we will be planning lots of fun and interactive learning activities and experiences which the children will benefit from and enjoy!
A little bit about Reception at Suffah:
In Reception at Suffah Primary, we teach in accordance to the EYFS framework. For those who are not very familiar with the EYFS, it stands for the Early Years Foundation Stage. It is a UK government framework which the majority of schools in England use. But, at Suffah, we teach it through a balanced Islamic ethos, ensuring the children learn about and develop the core British values as they grow.
The EYFS is split into different areas of development which teachers and childcare providers have to keep in mind when planning for children’s learning provision. There are the Prime areas of Learning and Development:
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication and language
- Physical development
And there are the Specific areas of learning and development
- Understanding the world
- Expressive Arts & Design
There is a lot of emphasis on the emotional and mental wellbeing of children at Suffah in Reception. While the national expectations for children are rising and school becomes more challenging for children, there’s nothing to say they can’t have fun while learning!
Children at this age will naturally be curious about everything around them, so we teach them different skills and knowledge through their understanding of the world. Understanding which skills we need in daily life as children and adults, and why they’re important is crucial in motivating children to want to develop them more. In Reception at Suffah, we also learn about how a lot of other groups/communities of people live and how they are different to us, but also the importance of respecting everyone as we would like to be respected too.
Phonics and maths are taught systematically, using a multi-sensory approach. Children learn to read and write words, sentences and questions in ways that will allow them to have the ability to read what they aren’t familiar with too. In Maths, we encourage children to develop basic mathematical concepts in practical situations. Nevertheless, we introduce children to formal learning too in a way that just solidifies what they learned and developed in practical activities, to make their transition into Year 1 smoother.
The children have Quran and Arabic sessions daily with Ustaadah Aicha. Short duas, surahs and Arabic letters/phrases are taught through a range of ways, including interactive learning and Qaidah books.
In class, children learn basic Islamic concepts and stories too, such as the Stories of the Prophets and Islamic manners & etiquettes, using the concept of ajr (we call them ajr points); being rewarded by Allah and recorded by the angels on our shoulders.
All in all, we try to make children’s learning in Reception as beneficial and enjoyable as possible, working in close partnership with parents and tailoring to all children’s needs while teaching them about the world around them. If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to ask, we’re always here to help!
Ustaadah Nadia and Ustaadah Seemab