Reception to Year 3
We strongly believe in providing an opportunity for every boy to develop his full potential.
Reception follows the EYFS creative curriculum. Years 1- 3 follow the New National Curriculum. We pride ourselves on offering all boys a wide range of subject specialist teachers to teach ICT, French, Music, Art and Sport. The boys attend swimming lessons and Games sessions on a weekly basis at the Bank of England sports complex. Their learning is further enhanced by trips, special visitors, workshops and themed days. Enthusiastic staff offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs which the boys are encouraged to sample, including cookery, sewing, drama and football.
During the summer term the Reception teacher invites each prospective boy in to visit for a few hours to ease the transition to life at THS. He will spend the Reception year familiarising himself with his daily routine, making friends and gaining confidence. This year, we believe, is all about laying a firm foundation in all areas on which to build and flourish and becoming independent happy learners. The sessions are made up of play base and more formal, teacher led sessions in preparation for Key Stage 1.
In Key Stage 1 the curriculum is subject led with half termly topics. Written homework is issued on a regular basis in addition to weekly spellings and daily reading.
As Year 3 embarks on the Key Stage 2 curriculum this is a transition year with boys looking forward to working towards earning a pen licence, times tables badges and increased responsibility in and around the school. By the end of Year 3 the boys will have regular homework preparing them for the Senior School.
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you'll go"
When I arrive at school, I go to my locker to put my things away. I take whatever I need into the classroom and then choose my new reading book. After the register, I am ready to start my day. On Mondays and Thursdays, I go to the hall with all the other boys in the Junior School. We always sing a song and have assembly. We also find out which two boys from each class have won the special mention certificates. Sometimes, instead of an assembly, we pair up and share books for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). We have lessons in the morning before having a snack and playing with our friends outside in the playground. Then we have more lessons before lunchtime.
At Tower House, every afternoon is different. From History, Science or Geography lessons to swimming and Games at the Bank of England sports grounds, music in the hall or Art in the studio, we always have plenty to do. I’m looking forward to being in Year 3 when I will have Science lessons in the lab. Each week, I get to choose a book from the library to take home. Sometimes, it is hard to decide because there are so many books on the shelves! I also love going to the ICT room to work on the computers or write code for the robots. At the end of the day, we gather our things. After shaking hands with our teachers, it is time to go home – unless I have one of my afterschool clubs. There is Sewing, Football, Tennis, Art, Cooking, Drama and more!
While reception and Year 1 enjoy their lunch, Years 2 and 3 have full run of the playground. There is loads of stuff to play with. My favourite things to do are play football or build with the Lego blocks at the giant Lego station. At 12.30, it is our turn for lunch and Reception and Year 1 get to play. We line up and choose what we would like to eat. Sometimes, at Tower House, we have special lunches. I liked eating plantains on Caribbean day and trying brie at our dejeuner Français. Once we have finished eating, Reception goes to their special playground where they have a pirate ship and a garden to tend. We join our friends in Year 1 in the big playground.
- 1. Bring my ‘Hero Teddy’ into school
- 2. Do something funny for money on Comic Relief day
- 3. Drop everything else and just read with the older boys on the playground
- 4. Fall asleep on the coach on the way back from an exciting outing
- 5. Go orienteering on Activities Day
- 6. Handle ancient treasure like Indiana Jones
- 7. Help out on a building site
- 8. Launch a javelin at Sports Day
- 9. Make a snowball and throw it at the headmaster
- 10. Learn how to safely climb a tree
- 11. Make nettle tea without getting stung
- 12. Make the very best use of cardboard boxes
- 13. Perform in a piano recital; scary, but fun
- 14. Play a part in the nativity play
- 15. Reproduce an old master
- 16. Run like the wind through Richmond Park on Cross Country Day
- 17. Take part in a pantomime with professional actors
- 18. Visit Hampton Court and dress up in period costume
- 19. Try out the 1st XI kit for size
- 20. Wear my wacky wellies to school