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Hello and welcome to our special page for Reception!

In Reception Mrs Ball and Miss Stone are the class teachers and Mrs Lightfoot and Mr Porter are the teaching assistants. We really love working in Reception and want your child to be happy. If you have any questions or concerns please come and see us!

The Early Years Foundation Stage

In Reception we use ‘The Revised Early Years Foundation Stage’ for planning and assessment which is followed in all early years settings. During the year the children will be working to meet the Early Learning Goals across the seven areas of learning. These seven areas are as follows:

PSED - Personal, social, emotional development (developing self-confidence and self-awareness, making relationships as well as managing behaviour and feelings).

CL - Communication and Language (speaking, listening and understanding)

PD - Physical development (moving and handling as well as health and self-care)

LIT - Literacy (reading and writing)

MATHS - Mathematics (numbers, shape, space and measures)

UW - Understanding the World (people and communities, the world and technology)

EAD - Expressive Arts and Design (exploring and using media and materials as well as being imaginative!)

To find out more about each area and how you can support your child’s learning in each area please click on the link: Seven Areas of Learning

Our curriculum:

Year A: 2017-18

The Learning Environment

Play and exploration is fundamental to our Reception classes. It means that the children are able to choose activities where they can engage with other children, adults or sometimes play alone. During these activities the children will learn by first-hand experiences; by actively ‘doing’ as well as through scaffolding and modelling by adults. There will be a wide variety of planned and prepared activities by the adults as well as allowing time for the children to initiate their own learning. Activities will be planned through discussion with the children around their current interests, as well as taking into account their learning styles and stages of development. We have a fantastic outdoor area that the children can learn in whatever the weather. The children are encouraged to develop their self-confidence, resilience to learning and independence throughout the school year.

Reception Newsletters

Each week you will receive a school newsletter via parentmail (if you have signed up for it) or a paper copy. Each half term you will receive a separate Reception newsletter to inform you of what we will be learning that term.

As well as this we would like to keep you informed about the learning taking place in Reception each week so we will have our own noticeboard to give you a ‘peek at the week’. This will be outside the door each morning and afternoon. Our noticeboard will also remind you of any forthcoming events such as trips or parent workshops.

As you enter Reception we have a communications box for parents to use. Please feel free to leave any notes for the teachers or letters to be returned as well as snack money. This box is checked daily by the staff as we do not have enough time to check in each child’s individual book bag.

We have decided to run Learning Journey sessions for the last week of every half term. This will enable parents to know in advance the dates and make the necessary arrangements to come in if they wish. During the session your child’s learning journey will be available for you to share their learning so far and make a comment in their book. Parents will be able to drop in between 8.50 – 9.15am each morning or at 3.15 – 3.45pm each afternoon.

Parents As Partners

We believe in having a good partnership with parents and carers. Together we can help your child to become a happy and successful learner!

Mrs N Ball

Class Teacher

Miss J Stone

Class Teacher


Miss E. Lightfoot

Teaching Assistant


Mr C Porter

Teaching Assistant