Reception

Welcome to Reception.

In Reception, we welcome the children to a safe and engaging indoor and outdoor environment tailored to support the needs and interests of each individual child.

There are a range of spaces within the indoor environment for children to explore – role-play, construction, creative, home corners and cosy reading spaces.

Our outdoor environment provides opportunities for sand and water play as well as mark-making and time on the purpose built climbing frame.

In Reception, we value the benefits of outdoor learning and celebrate this through our weekly “Explorers” day – this is where we take learning outside and explore our topics further through a diverse range of outdoor activities.

We value our relationships with parents and families and aim to share children’s experiences and achievements throughout the year on our dedicated learning platform – SeeSaw – as well as through personal learning stories. These stories are written to the children from the adults they work with and they capture and celebrate special moments in their learning journey and during their time in Reception.

We place great emphasis on promoting positive learning behaviours and praise children’s efforts, perseverance towards tasks, curiosity and energy for learning. With the help of our learning friends – Energetic Elly the Elephant, Motivated Marvin the Mole and Thinking Thelma, the children learn that “having a go” and trying their best are celebrated attributes that will support their learning in Reception and as they move throughout the school.

Miss Bremner - Elm ClassReception are taught by Miss Bremner in Ash class.

In Reception children are taught phonics daily and we follow the Letters and Sounds framework for phonics. For reading, we use a range of schemes banded by colour through which the children progress. More information can be found on our Phonics & Reading page.

We are looking forward to welcoming new starters to Reception in September as well as welcoming back those of you who have been with us in Nursery already. As promised, please click below for the New to Reception Presentation that we shared at the information evening and remember lots more useful information can be found on the Parent's information section of the site.

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a play based curriculum. We believe that children learn best in the Early Years through a balance of adult directed and child initiated activities. We think carefully about our children’s interests and design their learning experiences around these. Through skilled questioning, enabling environments and the belief that every child can succeed, we are able to provide strong early learning and development.

 Throughout the year our topics change and develop depending on what each cohort’s interests are.

Key Text Overview
Autumn Spring Summer

Julia Donaldson collection including The Gruffalo, Sharing a shell and Superworm

Spring 1: Pirates love underpants, Winnie the witch

Summer 1: Focus on non fiction dinosaurs and space

Traditional tales - The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man

Spring 2: The Runaway Pea and Supertato stories

Summer 2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Tiddler


School drop off and pick up

Entrance: Nightingale gate
Drop off: 8:35am
Pick up: 3:10pm

Nightingales gate will open at 8.30, 11.35 (Saplings only), 12.10 (Saplings only) and 3.05

Staff will open classroom doors to receive children at 8.35am and let them out at 3.10pm

Parents of children in Ash class are asked to enter school with their child through the Nightingales gate and walk on the left hand side towards the coloured gate outside the reception area.  Parents are asked to queue until staff open the gate to receive the children. At the end of the day, parents are asked to come through the Nightingales gate and wait in the same queue for a staff member to open the gates at 3.10pm and release the children to their named adult.

What do I do if I have another child in another year group?

Drop off your youngest child first.

If your elder child is in KS2, they can walk round to their classroom on their own, going through school site where staff will be present to help them or guide them if they are unsure. If your elder child is in KS1, you can make your way to the other entrance after dropping your child at reception first


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