- About Us
Welcome to Dartington C of E Academy! We are delighted that you are thinking of joining our school family in September and we would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our school.
At Dartington our vision is “Together We Grow, Together We Flourish’, and this underpins everything we do in our wonderful EYFS unit. We believe that all of our children are unique and aspire for them to live their life to the fullest.
Our children are safe and happy. They spend their days exploring, playing, talking, singing, problem solving and questioning as they investigate our fabulous free-flowing provision and our beautiful Dartington grounds. As we play together, the children develop a deep love of learning as well as the confidence and resilience to explore challenges. The children are taught by highly skilled and experienced staff, who care deeply about every child’s learning and development, creating a nurturing environment in which every child thrives.
Most of our day is spent in child-initiated purposeful play. The children have access to our wonderful outdoor area as well as all three classrooms, where they can freely access resources which enable them to pursue their own interests and fascinations. Teachers spend their time playing with and observing the children so that we can provide them the opportunities to build on their next steps – this might be a playful challenge, an enhancement to the environment, an activity or a new learning experience. The children come together in classes or smaller groups each day for adult-led learning in Phonics, Maths, our topic and for story-time, sharing and songs. We have weekly PE sessions and regularly make the most of our school grounds to support our learning, whether we are playing parachute games on the field, picking apples in the orchard, or investigating the changing seasons in our woods.
We think you and your child will love our unit – have a look at our video to see for yourself a little more of what we get up to!
Your child will be entering the Reception Class, the first class in primary education following on from their Pre-school and Nursery education. Reception classes follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) which supports the children to achieve Early Learning Goals by the end of their Reception year. Children spend one year in the Reception class before moving into Year 1 and entering the National Curriculum.
All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum are provided daily in both independent and adult supported learning experiences. These areas are:
Starting school is an exciting new adventure for all children. We try to make it as easy as possible by arranging induction events so they are used to the staff when it comes to the big ‘first day’!
There are many important things that you can do before your child starts school to prepare them.
There will continue to be many ways that you can support your child in their learning once they have started school.
We are keen to build a strong partnership between yourselves as parents and all the staff involved in the care of your child. We value the support that parents and families provide from home. It enriches your child’s learning and helps them achieve the best that they can.
Your child will have an online, fully interactive learning journal provided by Tapestry which can be used as a means of sharing your child’s successes both at home and school. We will add observations of the children which will give you an insight into what they are learning at school and highlights your child’s learning and development throughout the Reception year. We love to hear how you are getting on with your learning at home and encourage parents to add comments and photos to the journal.
The weekly class newsletter gives you information about what the children have been learning each week as well as future events and outlines their home learning. We will also send a selection of books home, including non-fiction and library books, as well as reading books when they are ready. We also link activities to what the children are learning and make them meaningful to the children and relevant to what they are doing in class.
Mathematics is all around us and there are many things that you do during the day that can encourage your child to count, recognise numbers, measure and look at colours, shapes and patterns:
So if your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020 and you are interested in applying for a Reception place at Dartington Church of England Academy please go to www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline from 15th November 2023. to 15th January 2024. Please be aware that if your child already attends our Nursery you will still need to apply for a Reception place. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01803 862357.