The Reception children at Cambridge International School are known as Caspian. In Caspian each child is nurtured to help them achieve their potential in all areas of the curriculum.
Caspian are welcomed into school anytime from 8.45 until 9 am when the school day begins. At the start of the day the children are encouraged to organise their belongings and sign the play register. They are then given time to settle in by choosing an activity in the environment they would like to do. This is then followed by our morning meeting, where we come together to sing our days of the week song and talk about what will be happening during the day.
The day involves a balance of focused activities and child/adult initiated play, which can take place inside and outside. Focused activities are where the children work directly with the teacher or teaching assistant on specific learning objectives. Child initiated play, known to the children as Exploring Time, is where the children make their own decisions on what to do. During this time we play as well as question and observe the children to help us track their development and inform us of what they need to learn next.
We plan carefully to meet the children’s needs and are guided by the International and Early Years Curriculum. During the week the children will be involved in activities to help them develop in the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Communication and Language, Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
‘Phonics Fun!’ is an activity that happens daily. We work as a whole class and in small groups to have fun learning to recognise sounds and use them to read and write. In addition to this we listen to the children read individually at least three times a week. The reading books, and story books, are sent home for the children to share with their parents.
We like to work closely with our parents and an outline of what we will be learning is sent home each term. This allows parents to support their children and inform us of wow moments they see at home.
Specialist teachers work with the children for Sport, Spanish and Music. The children also, enthusiastically, take part in Mother Tongue lessons twice a week.
We enjoy taking advantage of our beautiful setting and can often be seen jogging in the park or looking at nature to help us understand the world. These outside activities are enhanced by a weekly visit to a Forest School in Abington Woods. Other visits outside of school have included Wimpole Farm, The Folk Museum, Shepreth Wildlife Park and Audley End.
Miss Pauline Butcher is the teacher of Caspian Class, as well as the coordinator for the Early Years Department. She is an experienced teacher and is always happy for families to visit and find out more about Caspian Class and Cambridge International School. Please contact our Admissions Department on 01223 778290 if you would like to arrange a visit.