Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception where we are learning detectives!  The children learn through fun and engaging activities which are planned using the current topic, which is linked to the children’s’ own interests and to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. 

We work with our class teacher and teaching assistant for part of each day, often learning about phonics, writing or maths and children from both classes learn together during our play based learning time.  This is when we learn through play and investigate our own interests. 

We love to learn outside and so we go into our covered outdoor learning area during these sessions (whatever the weather), and we have are own playground area for activities requiring more space, such as tricycles and scooters.  We use our forest schools area, where we spend a whole morning or afternoon learning in nature, at least once a week. 

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Mrs L Priolo - Class Teacher

Mrs M Fitzsimon - Early Years Practitioner

Mrs K Rawson and Mrs S Prince - Class Teachers

Miss S Thrale - Teaching Assistant

 Mrs R Slack -  Additional Teaching Assistantworking across both classes

The Reception Curriculum

In Reception, pupils follow the Early Years Foundations Stage framework.  A strong focus on growth mindset and independent thinking and learning means the children quickly become integrated into the life of the whole school.  The curriculum prepares them well for the transition into Key Stage 1, with provision becoming closer to that of Year 1 as the year progresses.  

Staff use the Essential Letters and Sounds phonics scheme (ELS) to teach phonics and pupils read widely and often.  Provision is adapted to meet the needs and interests of individuals and early intervention to support personal-social development, language acquisition, phonics and number work ensures that attainment gaps are closed or narrowed and pupils can access the curriculum as independently as possible. 

Please click on the link below for further information about the curriculum in Reception.