Wrens (Reception)

Welcome to Wrens!

Wrens are taught by Mrs. Mandy Cruise (EYFS Lead) with TA support from Mrs. Anna Parsons (all day) and Mrs. Emma Sexton (afternoons). On Wednesdays Miss Jenna Bates teaches the class whilst Mrs. Cruise has her PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) and Leadership release time.

We have 28 Reception children in our class.  We are an early years setting, based within our Primary School, and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, preparing our children to enter Key Stage One at the end of this year. 

Our curriculum is bespoke to our school and has been tailored to meet the needs of our pupils, helping them to make progress across the prime and specific areas of learning and with their learning behaviours.

Each week we focus on a different aspect of the Pirton 6Rs, which are linked to curriculum ambitions for the whole year.  The children will be developing skills they will use for the rest of their time at Pirton and for their lives beyond school.

We also have ‘Big Ideas’ to investigate each half term, these are very open ended and we will follow the children’s interests and lines of enquiry and see where they lead us!  Learning in Wrens is exciting and fun!  We work closely with parents and carers to ensure as many opportunities as possible for our children, and to embrace all the diversity our families have to offer.

Check out the Wrens Class blog to find out more about our adventures at school.

Key Information

Snack time takes place mid morning, the children have a range of fruit and vegetables to choose from.  If they have milk ordered, they will be offered their milk.  They also have their water, which is available to them throughout the day. 

Forest School Day is Tuesday, wellies and waterproofs should be kept in school everyday.

PE Day is Friday, children should keep their PE kits in school, they get changed here.

Celebration Assembly takes place at 9am on a Friday, Wrens join the rest of the school for this.

Please feel free to contact the Wrens team via the school office if you have any questions.

Our Reception class works very closely together on the Foundation Stage curriculum
in an inspirational and motivating Early Years’ environment which we are hugely proud of! This is a bespoke curriculum centred on our curriculum ambitions and linked to the Pirton 6Rs. It has been written by our Early Years Lead, Mandy Cruise. 

We aim to make the transition from home to school a smooth and enjoyable experience for all children. 

Through our strong partnership with parents, we are able to work together to develop healthy and happy children who feel confident, safe and have a love for learning. We regularly invite parents into school to meet the staff. Our Reception staff conduct visits to children in their current settings and also invite children to visit school to become familiar with their new setting, all prior to them starting school.

We are very lucky to have a great outdoor space for the Foundation Stage to enable much of the learning to take place outdoors.

The prime areas of learning are: 

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Physical development

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

To ensure our children make significant progress, we deliver a good balance of child initiated and adult directed learning, where lessons and activities are varied, meaningful and stimulating for all learning groups. Through the use of continuous observations, our experienced practitioners are able to identify learning opportunities within play and make decisions regarding a child’s next step in learning.

At the end of the Foundation Stage children are assessed in all these areas alongside the child’s characteristics of learning. These assessments are shared with the Key Stage 1 staff as part of transition to Year 1.