The Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) is a very important stage of your child’s school experience; as it helps your child prepare for their future learning and successes. Children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.

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One of the reception classrooms


TEACHERS: Miss Bushnell & Mrs Reed

Welcome to Reception. There are two classes in reception

Personal, Social and Emotional

During the Autumn Term we will continue to promote and encourage the children to develop the following :-

  • Settling into their new school and establishing friendships and relationships with the adults
  • Learning the behavioural expectations of the school environment i.e Quality audience
  •  As part of our PSE topic the children will be working on recognizing their emotions and learning to talk about how they are feeling. This will take place once a week in small group sessions held in our well-being room.  

Communication and Language

In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Practise active listening (through story time, carpet time, circle time, show and tell time)
  • Engage in conversations with adults who will model good language and expose children to language we use for different audiences and in different contexts
  • Develop their confidence in speaking in front of others, providing children with the chance to speak in front of different audiences e.g. peers, children from the other class, visitors

Physical Development

 In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Have a go at mark/making writing depending on where your child is at
  • Lots of fine motor skill opportunities to support correct pencil grip
  • Opportunities for large motor skills such as running, jumping, hopping , skipping
  • Encouraging independence for basic hygiene and toileting needs 


In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Have lots of different reading opportunities, such as big books, independent books
  • Participate daily in phonics sessions to learn/consolidate sounds
  • Have opportunities for sounding out through phonics games
  • Use a whiteboard and pen daily to practice letter formation


In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Have opportunities to use maths in real life situations
  • Play number games
  • Be confident at counting to 20 and accurately counting objects
  • Use mathematical language associated with measurement and patterns

Understanding of the World

This area of the curriculum covers learning in science, geography, history, RE and Technology. In this area of learning we will ensure that we provide opportunities for all children to:

  • Encouraging children to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change in their environment.
  • Providing children with the opportunities to use a range of age appropriate technology.

We also value children bringing in anything they would like to share from their holidays or their culture/community.

Expressive arts and design

This area of the curriculum covers learning in music, art, and dance. We provide opportunities for children to explore these areas through ‘free play’ where the classroom and outdoor environment is set up with activities and resources to facilitate this. In both classrooms, children will have access to role play area and small world resources in order to develop their imaginative play. Depending on our focus of the week the children will have opportunities to complete focussed art work.

Tapesty – Online Learning Journey

We continue to use this to record your child’s learning and achievements during their time in Reception. We value all contributions parents make to this journal as it is important for us to see what learning the children demonstrate at home – we often hear that they have mastered a skill but we may not see that in class. It is also a good way of us finding out about the children’s interests outside of school and what they do as a family which provides us with rich evidence for the ‘people and communities’ strand of our curriculum. If you are unsure how to comment or add evidence to your child’s Tapestry Journal we are more than happy to help.

Parental Support:

For more information on the requirement by the end of the year please look up this link. If you have any concerns or queries please arrange an appointment time to see the class teacher.


School Bags

We have limited drawer space so please provide your child with a small book bag which will adequately carry their snack and reading diary. These can be bought at the office.

Water bottles

Every child needs to be provided with two water bottles, one for snack and one for lunch.

Lunch and snacks

The children have half an hour to eat their lunch. Please provide a healthy balanced lunch. If your child has any allergies please tell us directly.

Snack in reception is ongoing and one healthy snack , such as fruit, cheese and crackers needs to be provided by the parent.

School Uniform

All Reception children are required to wear the School Uniform. For details of the type of uniform required for this age, please see our accompanying School Uniform brochure. All items of uniform should be clearly marked with your child's name.

Please provide you child with a spare bag of clothes that is to be left at school. This does not need to be school uniform. PE Kit is NOT required in reception.

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