Children begin their school journey by visiting the Wrens classroom and getting to know staff several times in the summer term before they start school. We invite our new Wrens and their parents to look around the classroom and garden area whilst getting to know the adults who will be teaching them. Our new children will be able to explore our different learning areas both in the classroom and outside in our garden and school field.
Wrens children will follow the updated Early Years Foundation Stage framework but will also join our Year 1 and Year 2 children (Robins) for many cross curricular activities. Phonics, literacy or mathematics are taught daily to support the acquisition of basic skills but they also take part in weekly P.E with our PE coach Mr Larking and German with Mrs Shepherd. Wrens learn outside as much as possible as well experiencing Forest School sessions at a local off-site provision.
Wrens and Robins learn through different themed topics throughout the year and most of their activities will be based around this theme including role play areas in and out of the classroom. Wrens practise their gross motor skills outside on their collection of bikes and on the monkey bars. They practise their fine motor skills in the classroom with lots of fun finger gym and art and craft activities.
The partnership we have with our families is important and we use Tapestry, an online learning journey tool, which allows children’s progress to be stored and shared with parents. Parents/carers are invited to meet with class teachers termly to discuss the progress and wellbeing of their child.
Wrens children are encouraged to follow our Belchamp Bees of being kind, patient, polite, truthful and responsible. In addition, a child is chosen as the “BEL-CHAMP of the week” each Friday for showing our BEL-SKILLS which are trying new things and imagining, working hard and concentrating, improving and understanding others and pushing yourself and not giving up. As a church school we endeavour to interleave our Christian Values of Courage, Respect, Compassion and Hope into our everyday school life.