Welcome to Reception

Our teachers and teaching assistants are as follows:


Teacher - Miss M Laithwaite

Teacher - Mrs S. Baker

Teacher -  Mrs C. Gavin

Teaching Assistant - Mrs J. Whittam


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.  

Reception Curriculum

Reception Curriculum Newsletters

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


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

Stay and Play

Smithills Farm Trip

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


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