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 will arrive to take part in our breakfast club. The breakfast co-ordinator will be waiting for them, helping them to settle and choose from various activities. Any relevant information, will be taken from the children’s parents or carers to pass on to their classroom teachers. As the school grows, the breakfast club will be 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 will be 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, much more. The activities are changed regularly and are related both to the topic for the term and to children’s interests and ideas that have been observed and discussed. Look out for the cards which explain the learning children will gain from the activities and where these fit in with the national Early Learning Goals.
9.15 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 and plan the busy day ahead. This is also a time to practise some songs and words in Hebrew and work out the date and weather!
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. This would be accompanied by a number rhyme such as “Five Little Monkeys” with the children joining in. We may have a guest coming to tell us about Hindu Rangoli patterns. The children will be encouraged to recognise the pattern in the design and then move in small groups to make their own pattern. How satisfying it is when they understand how the shapes and colours and sizes repeat following certain rules and then develop the activity in the afternoon with new designs and insights. 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. They have a weekly ‘FUNS’ physical challenge and then have an energetic hour learning important new skills such as throwing a beanbag at a target or making different shapes with their bodies.
9.50 is Free Flow time where children return to the activities that were on offer when they first arrived, and there will also be 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, Miss Barton or another adult, carrying out the writing task or maths that was taught during the time on the carpet. A small group of children may be “Going On A Bear Hunt” with an adult and enjoying the wonderful local resource of Wimbledon Common. They will be observing their environment using all their senses and recording some of the sounds using cameras and recorders.
10.20 Following a quick tidy up, it is snack time and the children share the fruit or snack that they have helped the adult to prepare. Spreading cheese on a cracker or cutting up a banana is another opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills! Extra fruit is left out for the children to help themselves during the day. This is also the perfect opportunity for ‘circle time’, a very important part of Foundation Stage learning and the place to build confidence and learn how to get on as a group. They might tell the class seal how they are feeling or discuss how to ask someone to play with them!
10.40 A few quick stretches and then it is time to focus on other areas of the curriculum, such as ‘expressive arts and design’ or ‘the world around us’’. The children then tackle another job or join an adult for some focused literacy or numeracy work. They might also help to plait and bake our sweet challah bread if it is Friday and we are getting ready for Shabbat!
11.45 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 when they match a certain number of toys to a box with a numeral on the front! The children also help to set up tables. They settle for a plenary and then a story, before washing their hands and finding their lunch boxes.
12.00 Time for lunch and the children practise how to sit together, take turns, share with others and remember their manners. If you listen closely you will hear interesting questions and conversations that emerge as they eat. These may inspire activities that are led by the children’s interest like growing their own food, learning where it comes from and how it changes through cooking or in our bodies. Tidying up is also part of this lunchtime. Before tidying we say a short blessing to show thanks for the food we have eaten.
13.00 It’s time to learn some letters and phonics, sounding out simple words and reinforcing the sounds with Jolly Phonics actions, songs and stories. Later, during Free Flow, the children will be hunting for objects beginning with the sound ‘m’. On Friday, we have our lovely meditation session and the children listen to music or audio stories that encourage them to slow down and relax.
13.20 It is Free Flow time again when the teachers make sure each child has finished their jobs for the day. 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 they will be helped to record this in their learning journals by photographing the writing with a tablet. Their online Learning Journals will travel with them throughout their school journey.
Your child may decide that he or she wants to explore the garden and quietly set off to search for mini beasts. Others may decide to play in little groups and put on a show. Many children will not miss the opportunity to climb, slide and jump and work off some energy. It is a great opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ things whilst tinkering around with different materials and textures. You may wonder what the teachers are doing at this time. Sometimes you will see them help the children make friends, resolve a disagreement, inquire about “why a mini beast rolled up when prodded” and call the children around to show them the wonders of frozen water or the new signs of spring.
14.30 Tidy up time!
14.45 Now it is time to get ready for home or after-school activities. You will see the children getting their coats and sitting on the carpet to tell a story and sing their goodbyes. If it is the end of the week. There will be a weekly newsletter. In it you will find the main activities of each day, details of what the children have been learning, reminders of any up and coming events and suggestions on how to support your child’s learning. Don’t forget to take a look at the back of the page so as not to miss ideas for fun activities to support learning at home or a simple dialogue in Hebrew to practise with your child. The newsletter also contains our weekly maths challenge!
15.10 Doors open and at 15.15 each child can either go home with their parent or carer or join the after school club adult who will come to pick them up. If it is Friday, parents and careers are welcome to join their children to eat, drink and celebrate Shabbat!