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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Welcome to Reception!



Welcome to Reception Class!


In Reception class we aim to provide a calm, nurturing environment in which children feel safe and secure and ready to learn. We focus on learning through play whilst supporting the transition for school readiness, moving on to year 1.


Children are encouraged to take risks in their learning through first hand experiences and a stimulating environment that encourages children to challenge themselves.


Activities are child-led and based on children's interests and next steps, with a focus on outdoor learning and Forest school. Children are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the outdoor environment and our Reception Class Teacher, Mrs Allison, is a qualified Forest School Leader.


We have a Forest School session every week and this ethos is embedded throughout the Early Years at Great Missenden. Many skills learned in the outdoor environment are transferable to the more formal classroom environment such as problem solving, communication skills, developing vocabulary, team building and activities that build resilience. 







Dates for Summer Term 1


Friday 26th April - Sensory walk around local community and whole school 'Earth day'

Friday 3rd May - Farm animal encounter - animals coming in school

W/C 20th May - Construction week - Monday 20th will be a fancy dress day. A few ideas (but not limited to) for costumes could include construction workers, designers or artists.

Wednesday 22nd May - Cooking flat breads on the camp fire at forest school

Friday 24th May - INSET day



Please keep an eye on the weekly school newsletter for further important dates.