Welcome to Reception

At Half Acres Primary Academy we are proud to offer a safe and nurturing environment where children are happy, confident and motivated to do their very best.

Trusting relationships are quickly formed to ensure children and parents feel supported and part of our committed team. Our ultimate aim is to provide excellent, high quality education and teach children to be resilient and aspirational individuals. Our local community shapes our vision and we strive to work together effectively. Partnerships with parents and carers are important to us with communication being the key to success.

Through thoughtful planning, activities are varied and offer enjoyable, key learning experiences. Although we follow a topic / book led approach, much learning derives from spontaneity and children’s own interests. We are a team of passionate professionals who care about individual needs and have the child’s voice at the heart of everything we do.

We guide children to be independent and inquisitive, to initiate their own learning, both in and outdoors, and thrive through our enriched curriculum. Adults support children as appropriate, providing rich experiences, extending learning and capturing magical moments.

Our exciting opportunities broaden knowledge, spark imagination and create awe and wonder moments. We believe in an Early Years curriculum that not only teaches new skills but provides children with skills and opportunities for life, making long lasting memories. When it comes to learning, we want children to be hooked and ask for more.

Early language and reading are at the heart of our curriculum. We explore new words daily and provide our children with a vocabulary rich environment. Key skills, including Phonics and Maths, are taught discretely on a daily basis, as well as embedded into all areas of continuous provision. The seven areas of learning are carefully planned for, ensuring our environment offers cross curricular opportunities.

While learning through play, our children use a range of accessible resources; some of which offer familiarity, many creating challenge and some enhanced to promote current topics. Our areas of provision promote characteristics of effective learning such as negotiating and developing resilience and respect for each other.

Strong values underpin our ethos and daily practice, which ensure mutual respect and high expectations. Through regular routines and consistent approaches, our children know what to expect and rise to challenges. Together we agree our expectations and work collaboratively to make sure our classrooms are calm and organised.

At Half Acres Primary Academy, our aim is to give children the best possible start to their education. We care about the finer details; the whole child, individuality and different styles of learning. Children make progress and achieve well because we believe that anything is possible.  We are aspiring to achieve and enrich lives.