Welcome to Reception

At Ackton Pastures 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. Partnerships with parents and carers are important to us with communication being the key to success.

Our learning environment is a safe, calm space with open ended resources to promote opportunities to explore and investigate, make mistakes, practice and consolidate skills. At Ackton Pastures our curriculum is driven by the children and their interests. Therefore, we are flexible in our approach and provision is ever evolving to ensure children are adequately challenged to drive learning forward and develop their characteristics of effective learning.

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.

Our exciting opportunities broaden knowledge, spark imagination and create awe and wonder moments. We believe in an early year’s curriculum that not only teaches new skills, but provides children with 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. Our love of books drives our curriculum, using stories as a hook into learning. Capturing the children’s imaginations whilst creating opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge, extend their vocabulary enabling them to communicate more effectively. 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 open-ended 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 persevering.

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 never feel uneasy with new experiences. Together we agree our expectations and work collaboratively to make sure our classrooms are calm and organised.

At Ackton Pastures, our aim is to give children the best possible 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.