The Reception children reflected upon their six months of school at St Peter’s Woodlands and they’re off to a flying start.
The Big Step of Starting School
As parents, caregivers and educators we understand that transitioning to school is a big step in a child’s educational journey. It’s important to look back and recognise how much they have grown and achieved since the beginning of the year.
My First 6 Months of School….
Recently our Reception students took the opportunity to review their Seesaw journals and see all the experiences they have had. It was particularly rewarding looking at their progress in reading and writing.
We asked the students to share some of the things they love about being in Reception. Here are some of the areas they drew and spoke about.
Australian Curriculum and Specialty Subjects
The first year of school at St Peter’s Woodlands is focused on providing ample opportunities for children. They explore the core curriculum from the National Australian Curriculum, including English, Maths, Science, Technologies and Humanities, as well as specialised learning subjects.
We continue to be delighted at the success of the evidenced-based literary program, Let’s Decode, introduced in 2019. We’re thrilled to witness the increasing confidence of all our student’s written and oral skills through the use of this program.
Visiting Specialist Areas
The Reception children love visiting the learning spaces for their specialist lessons in Art, Music, German and Physical Education. It’s wonderful to see the students immerse themselves into these different areas and begin to discover their areas of passion and strengths.
International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
Reception children experience inquiry based learning through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. This allows children to explore their own interests whilst beginning to become internationally minded. Recently they investigated toys, discovering all the ways they have developed through the generations.
Wellbeing, Friends and Relationships
The key to positive childhood development is creating an environment for children to feel safe and valued for who they are. The relationship children have with their teacher is central to this. Our Reception teachers endeavour to ensure all students feel welcomed into the community and that a safe, positive environment is created for them to learn and to develop their own friendships.
Bounce Back Program
The introduction of our Bounce Back wellbeing program provides opportunities for children to develop resilience and explore specific social-emotional learning. There are many opportunities for our children to practice their social skills and growth mindset in all their daily interactions.
The Grounds and Learning Spaces
The Reception children love to explore the wide open spaces with their friends and embrace all the opportunities that present themselves each day. These include the Nature Play spaces, the Dance Studio, Library, Chapel, extensive grounds and more.
New Reception Classrooms
This year’s Reception students are the first children to experience the newly renovated classrooms, along with the adjoining plaza. These modern learning spaces are designed to cater for individual instruction, small group collaboration and whole class experiences – the cubby break out space is a definite favourite for the children!
Extra and Co-Curricular Activities
A range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are available to the students to experience with qualified sports and music instructors. The children have been very excited to have this up back and running!
We embrace opportunities for children to perform in front of an audience through our weekly Chapel services, Assemblies, choirs and bands. Recently the Reception children presented an outstanding Assembly to the Early Years in our school Chapel. They read prayers, spoke clearly and confidently about their learning and performed a much loved story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”
Reception Students’ Thoughts
To sum all this wonderful learning up, let’s hear what the highlights for the Reception children have been so far…
“Let’s Decode lessons.”
“Reading to my teacher.”
“Buddy classes with older year levels.”
“Making new friends.”
“Playing chasey on the BIG oval.”
“Playing on the playgrounds.”
“Playing in Nature Play.”
“Being a class monitor.”
“Going to the Chapel.”
“After school sports.”
A great start to a promising Primary School Journey
Congratulations to our Reception children on a memorable first 6 months of school. We look forward to continuing to celebrate your successes.
Article by Sarah Noell, Head of Early Years, and Reception Teachers and Students