Come and take a look at a typical day for our reception students at Mosaic Jewish Primary School
Learning and fun can start at 7.45 for our early birds who arrive to take part in our breakfast club. The breakfast co-ordinator is waiting for them, helping them to settle and choose from various activities. Any relevant information is taken from the children’s parents or carers to pass on to their classroom teachers. The breakfast club is a perfect opportunity for children of different year groups to participate together and get to know each other.
The Doors open at 8.45 and Reception parents and carers are encouraged to come to their children’s class and help them to find their names (both in English and Hebrew) to self-register. This is also the ideal time to help their child to change their book, to share something significant they have seen their child do at home and to help them find an activity in one of the seven areas of Foundation Stage learning, which are evident throughout the two classrooms. It could be building a home for a superhero in the construction area, making tea for ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ in the home corner, counting the number of coins buried in the sand, writing a shopping list for a tea party and so much more.
9.05 It’s morning movement time where the children play a physical game, such as busy bodies or runner beans followed by some stretching to prepare their bodies and minds for the busy day ahead.
9.20 The children gather on the carpet. It is time to say hello, share a morning prayer, check the register, taking the opportunity to use maths to work out how many children are in class, if anyone is away, work out the date and weather, and plan the busy day ahead.
9.30 It is time for maths, literacy or P.E! The children might practise counting, holding up their fingers to represent a number and writing the corresponding numeral on a white board. There may be a guest coming to tell us about Hindu Rangoli patterns. The children are encouraged to recognise the pattern in the design and then move in small groups to make their own pattern. During literacy sessions, the children learn about the wonders of language and immerse themselves in the meaning and the art of words. They may find rhymes, listen to poems, make up stories and illustrate them. On our P.E day, the children practice getting changed by themselves.
9.50 is Free Flow time where children return to the activities that were on offer when they first arrived, and there is the opportunity to enjoy the activities on offer outside too. They may have a few specific ‘jobs’ that they have to complete that day, e.g. finding a way to transport a pile of bricks from one end of the garden to the other as part of a problem solving task. Learning may be centred on a special festivity, a topic or a current event that is of interest to all. During this time, some children will work in a small group with the class teacher, or another adult, carrying out the writing task or maths that was taught during the time on the carpet. Fruit is available for the children on the snack table, and throughout the day children have access to their water bottles.
11.00 It is tidy up time. All things are tidied with children taking responsibility for putting things away in their correct place. This is a perfect opportunity to practise negotiating skills with friends. It can also be a great time to practise maths by sorting toys into the right boxes.
11.15 It’s time to learn some letters and phonics, sounding out simple words and reinforcing the sounds with Jolly Phonics actions and songs. During morning and afternoon free play, phonics activities are available such as letter hunting in crazy foam or word lotto to reinforce the letters and words learnt so far.
12.00 Time for lunch, where older children from years 1 and 2 help serve Reception children as they eat together on small tables like a family. Children practise how to sit together, take turns, share with others and remember their manners. Tidying up is also part of lunchtime. Before and after lunch we say a short blessing to show thanks for the food we have eaten.
13.15 Children gather on the carpet, where at the start of the week they have a circle time. This is time for children to share their thoughts and feelings, learn how to get on in a group and build on their confidence. During other days children will have a Hebrew session, and learn about the topic of the week.
13.35 It is Free Flow time again inside and out, where teachers can make sure children have finished their jobs for the day. Teachers will listen to children read one to one, or in small groups. Throughout the Free Flow periods adults observe all the children closely, noting down significant moments where your child has demonstrated a skill. They may have written their name for the first time or used a full stop and this will be recorded as part of their learning journals. Their online Learning Journals will travel with them throughout their school journey.
14.50 Children gather together on the carpet for a plenary of what they have learnt that day, and to celebrate their achievements. Children can show any work they have made such as a Lego rocket, a treasure map, or a card they have made for their parent.
15.00 Mosaic time and we have a fun game such as “Simon says” or “What’s the Time Mr Wolf,” to reward children for all of their hard work.
15.05 It’s Story time where the children share a story based on the current topic, a festival, or an interest. This is a calm end to children’s busy day.
15.15 Doors open and at 15.15 each child can either go home with their parent or carer, or join an after school club. If it is Friday, parents and careers are welcome to join their children to eat, drink and celebrate Shabbat!