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Early Years - Welcome to Year R


Year R at Manea Community Primary School


Our Reception and Key Stage 1 classes are located in the new part of the school building and part of the mobile classroom.  We have an excellent learning environment for children to spend their first year at school. The children's learning in this environment leads to them making excellent progress in their foundation year and prepares them exceptionally well for the start of KS1.


We follow an enquiry based learning approach which enables the children to become critical thinkers and deepen understanding.  The environment is set up to allow for challenge and discussions throughout learning with a focus on talk and understanding.  


Each year there is a successful transition plan in place that supports children moving from year to year.  Discussions are shared with the next classteacher with a focus on the characteristics of effective learning to ensure that the children remain learners and have continual progress into their next stage of development.  Work is shared, along with targets and this allows parents to continue to support at home.

Both Mrs Stevens, Miss Denton (Year R and Year 1 classteachers, Mrs Stevens being deputy head and KS1 leader) along Mrs Attrill (Year R/1 Teaching Assistant) are lead practitioners for Cambridgeshire County Council which involves working in partnership with other schools to develop the practise and provision in Year R/1 by visiting our school or for Mrs Stevens or Mrs Attrill visiting their schools. 


This role has enabled both practitioners to work alongside county and country wide advisors which constantly impacts upon the provision in our settings.  We are often used to support other settings via cluster meetings, leadership meetings and also via videos!


Mrs Stevens has also been a moderator for Cambridgeshire County Council for a number of years which again improves our provision as well as supporting the judgements for other schools.

A page has been set up for our new intake which shares information and photographs - please see this on class pages - New intake.