Welcome to Reception

In Reception we continue to work from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) documentation. This is a statutory curriculum for all children in England and sets out clear goals (Early Learning Goals) which children aim to achieve by the end of Foundation Stage. We plan around children’s interests following their lead in the topics they want to learn about. We set a baseline assessment for all children in Reception using this to plan effectively for children’s next steps. Children enjoy showing us what they can do and are quick to celebrate success. We model resilience throughout the Foundation Stage encouraging children to take risks and accept new challenges using a play based approach. Lessons are planned to be engaging and fun and continue to be assessed daily.

During your child’s time in Reception, they will access a wide range of independent and adult led activities. Your child will spend time every day accessing the environment in the classroom, outdoor classroom and Forest School. They will join in whole class and group learning activities, in addition to adult directed tasks one-to-one and in small groups.

Reception Children follow the phonics programme “Letters and Sounds” and our school reading scheme which centres on the Oxford Reading Tree. All children in Reception have access to iPads please click here to see a list of some of the apps we use which can be downloaded on iPads at home. Phonics is taught every day using a four-part model, Phonics is taught every morning in class. The children are grouped into different groups depending on their knowledge of letter sounds (phonemes). Tricky words are also taught. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out and the children have to learn them by sight. The children learn to blend the sounds they have learnt together to read simple words. Therefore beginning their journey. 

So far in Reception, we have introduced our topic ‘Me, Myself and I’. The children have enjoyed sharing their likes and dislikes from food to characters. We have spent time getting to know the children and finding out what their interests are. This has supported us with our planning and helped us navigate our whole class learning journey. The children have each brought in their very own treasure boxes and introduced themselves to their new friends. In the first term we will be supporting the children to settle into the classroom routine, and get to know their classroom and classmates through our text The Colour Monster. This text will help children explore their different emotions and feelings, a very tricky skill. This term will also introduce signs of Autumn through books ‘What The Ladybird Heard?’ and ‘Leaf Man’. We look forward to seeing where these books take us on our learning journey. 

Key Notes:

  • P.E is every Wednesday in Reception. Please make sure your child comes to school in the full and correct P.E in kit school. Hair must be tied up and jewellery removed. 

  • Keep your eye out on the school Facebook page for updated photos and information on our learning journey through Reception. We look forward to supporting and encouraging your child’s amazing learning this year.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Sutherland and Mrs Hargreaves-Hatcher