Starting School at Highfields

Starting school is a very exciting time and at Highfields we make it very special. We believe that this vitally important year of preparation for formal school and consolidation of early learning should provide a strong and secure foundation for your child’s future education and allow them to fly when they move up from Reception to Pre-Prep (Form 1).

We strive to facilitate the development of the fundamental skills, talents and enthusiasm for learning that will enable your child to flourish as they progress throughout the school. We make sure they know that making mistakes is a part of how we learn and we encourage them to take risks in their learning whilst equipping them with all the tools they need for success.

We encourage parents to bring their children into the classroom in the mornings and help to settle them for the day, where they will also get the opportunity to speak to the teacher or classroom assistant.

We continue our ethos of working in close partnerships with parents and place great emphasis on communication between school and home and sharing all your child’s achievements so you are fully aware of their learning journey.

Our aims in Reception

During our Reception year it is our aim to:-

  • Capture the children’s natural curiosity for learning
  • Give the children a vast array of learning experiences and opportunities
  • Nurture individual interests and abilities
  • Develop a love/desire for learning
  • Set in place the building blocks needed for future learning

Sharing school experiences

There are many ways we communicate with families and enable families to communicate with us. We have a whole school App called ‘Class Dojo’ which allows families direct access to their class teacher via private messaging and a Class Story to view which provides a commentary to your child’s day at school. The weekly home/school learning logs contain photographs and information about all of the different activities that have happened during the week in addition to the web based Tapestry which we use extensively throughout Early Years (Nursery and Reception).

Therefore, when you ask your child, “What have you been doing today?” there is always something tangible to look at together, talk about and share in your child’s first year in “big school”, involving parents closely in this exciting stage in a child’s development.