My name is Miss Fursland, I am the class teacher in Yellow Class (Reception) and the subject lead at Morden Primary School for PE.
Reception is a wonderful year of schooling as there is a perfect balance between child led learning (learning through play) and teacher-initiated learning in preparation for Year 1. Reception is also the year of growth. The children enter the classroom in September with limited phonic knowledge and exit the year reading and writing short sentences!
I love watching the children play and interact with their peers, using vocabulary and concepts that had been taught in our lessons.
I am influenced by the philosophies’ ‘Reggio Emilia’ and ‘Maria Montessori’, therefore play based learning experiences are often open ended, allowing the children to think creatively and critically. The environment is accessible to all of the children, allowing them to choose what activities/resources they would like to work with to demonstrate their learning/develop new ideas.
There is a topic each half term that acts as a provocation for learning, however this topic is flexible as I often follow the lead and interests of the children. By doing so, learning is meaningful, motivating, relative and exciting!
Though I am flexible and adaptable teacher, I ensure that all the pupils acquire the skills and knowledge required to achieve their Early Learning Goals.
My favourite topic to teach is ‘Magic, Marevllous Me’ as we learn about each other in depth. Backgrounds, families, interests, dislikes – to name a few! This is a great topic to establish relationships with one another, ready for the year ahead!