Welcome to Reception

We have two classes in Reception - Giraffes and Lions. Our teachers and teaching assistants are as follows:

Giraffes (RL)       Lions (RB)

Teacher - Miss G. Houghton

Teaching Assistant - Mrs E. Toth

Teacher - Mrs S. Baker

Teaching Assistant - Mrs J. Whittam

Teaching Assistant - Mrs L. Shaw


We believe that children learn best through play and by initiating their own activities and they are given every opportunity to do so whilst they are with us. With access to indoor and outdoor purpose-built facilities children are able to develop their play through fun and challenging experiences. Books and resources are accessible and the children are encouraged to be independent and select their own tools and materials.  The children play a key role in which topics we cover and we share the themes of these half-term topics with you so that support can be given at home.

Throughout our day we have specific teaching inputs for both small groups and the whole class. Our daily routines are well-planned with structured activities ensuring that the Early Years Foundation Stage is a vibrant and stimulating environment in which the children can learn. We place great importance on the basic skills, so phonics and number work are taught every day. Other sessions include reading Big Books together, shared writing, singing and stories.

We also place great importance on making sure that the children have the required strength in their fingers/hands/arms in order to write and, therefore, have a daily ‘dough gym’ and ‘funky fingers’ session which include a range of activities aimed at improving fine motor skills.                    

Good Level of Development

Our aim is for the children, by the end of Reception, to have achieved a Good Level of Development.  For a child to achieve a Good Level of Development, they need to achieve all of the Early Learning Goals in the 3 Prime areas (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development) as well as the Early Learning Goals in Literacy and Maths.  Please see the Reception Curriculum document below for more information.

The EYFS is the foundation of all future learning.  Children develop faster in the first five years of their lives than at any other time. You are your child’s first teacher and your support throughout their school life is an invaluable part of their continued learning.

If you have a concern – no matter how minor it may seem, please come in and talk to us.

We want your child to feel safe, happy and confident about coming to school.

Organisational Information

Reading - Every child in Reception has one, one-to-one reading session, with the Class Teacher/Teaching Assistant and one Guided Reading session with the Class Teacher/Teaching Assistant every week. 

Homework – Each child receives a homework folder and will use this to bring their ‘homework’ (letter sounds/words learnt) home every Friday.

Spellings - Children in Reception receive weekly spellings after February half-term. 

PE  - P.E. lessons take place every Friday morning. Please make sure that your child has their P.E. kit in school.

I.C.T /Computing – I.C.T/Computing lessons are on Friday mornings. They include a combination of i-pad sessions and working on the computers in the ICT/Computing Suite. 

Class Assembly Date - Friday 31st  March 2017. 

What are we learning about in Reception this week? 

Week beginning: Monday 17th July 2017

Our theme is: Water 

Our focus is:  Pirates  

 We will be:

-Learning how to read the co-ordinates on a treasure map. 

-Finding out about pirate ships.

-Following instructions to create our own pirate hats.

In Phonics we are learning:

  • to recap all of the alternative ways of spelling the 2 letter sounds that we have learnt. For example, 'ai, ay, a-e, ei' etc.
  • to try very hard to remember which alternative sound is in given words.
  • to remember how to spell the new tricky words eg 'people, school, friends, any, many'. 

In Literacy we are learning: 

  • to create our own stories about pirates, making sure that we understand where one sentence ends and another begins.
  • Our focus story is: Little Jack 
  • Our rhyme of the week is: The Pirate Song       

In Mathematics we are learning:

  • to solve number problems, identifying whether they are an addition, subtraction or division. For example, ‘There are 12 sheep in the field. 5 sheep go into the barn. How many sheep are left on the field?12-5= .
  • to recap telling the time to o’clock and half-past, and then to progress to quarter past and quarter to.
  • to use a Venn diagram to sort objects into given criteria. For example, sorting sea creatures into ‘swim’, ‘walk’, ‘swim and walk’.

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We use the Tapestry on-line Learning Journey system in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All children in Reception have a personal on-line Learning Journey, which contains observations, photographs and videos, documenting key moments of learning and progress.  The evidence collected is a record of your child’s experiences and achievements during their time with us and will be linked in to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. 

Tapestry is hosted in the UK on secure servers. These servers conform to very high environmental standards and are proactively managed 24 hours a day. Each Tapestry account has its own database and the code itself is developed using hack-resistant techniques. Filenames are encoded for uploaded videos and images, making Tapestry a safe and secure on-line Learning Journey tool. The benefits to yourselves from Tapestry being on-line means you will have secure access (via the website which you log into using your email address and a password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.

To access the Tapestry site, and to log in to your account please use this link:

*If you have any questions about the Tapestry system, please ask a member of the Early Year's team.


Letters Home

outdoor play wellies 2016

reading 2016

Jolly Phonics 2016

Mathematics prompt sheet 2016- stage 0

High-frequency words 2016

High-frequency words 2016- red and black word cards 

Wow Star and Thought Bubble 2017 

A 'WOW' star and 'THOUGHT' bubble templates 

Talk for Writing

Curriculum Newsletters

Reception Curriculum Autumn 2016

Reception Curriculum Spring 2017   

Reception Curriculum Summer 2017

Reception - Curriculum Information for 2016-17

If you would like more information regarding the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, please click here.

Promoting British Values in our Curriculum

Please click on the link below for examples of how we promote British Values in our curriculum.


Early Years Foundation Stage Policy

Early Years Policy          Updated: 07/06/2017     (449 KB)