The Reception Year is a special time for children and their teachers.
This text celebrates the uniqueness of the Reception Year and the unique role of the Reception Teacher. This is a book for those aspiring to be reception teachers, those new to teaching in reception and for those with a love for the reception year.
This text addresses many key features of working with 4 and 5 year olds in the reception class environment. These include:
creating a positive learning environment that values every child
involving parents and carers in children's learning
understanding about child development to support your role
spreading the word on the importance of early years teaching and learning
discovering what works for you and your class
creating effective learning spaces and resources
harnessing the learning potential of the outdoor environment
taking risks and challenging yourself and your class
being the best teacher for your class this year and in the years to come
Working in Reception you are not just a teacher. You will also be a carer, a collaborator in learning, a partner in play, a creator of magical environments, a leader of your team and an observer of the creativity and skills of young learners. This text will help you to understand your role and be the best Reception teacher you can be.
Anna Cox is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Years) at the University of Northampton. Gillian Sykes is a Senior Lecturer in Education (Early Years) at the University of Northampton.
Introduction Time travel, kaleidoscopes and a hat shop - Anna Cox and Eleonora Teszenyi Children at four - Eleonora Teszenyi You as an advocate for Early Childhood - Samantha Weeks You as a collaborator in learning - Claire Underwood, Anna Cox and Gillian Sykes You as creator of the learning environment - Samantha Weeks and Claire Underwood You as a landscape architect - Gillian Sykes You as an auditor of children's learning - Shona Lewis and Julia Beckreck You as a partner in the lives of children, families and communities - Gillian Sykes You in a team of researchers - Anna Cox The mirror in the hat shop - Anna Cox and Gillian Sykes