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Welcome to the Reception Class

 Children attend Reception class from the September after their 4th birthday. There is one Reception class with 30 places. 

Meet our Reception Team....

Reception Teacher: Miss McGrath

Teaching Assistant: Miss Ward

PPA & Cover Teacher: Miss Howie


EYFS Lead & Nursery Teacher: Miss Milnes

Nursery Teaching Assistant: Mrs Preston

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 

The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework supports an integrated approach to early learning and care. It gives all professionals a set of common principles and commitments to deliver quality early education and childcare experiences to all children from birth to 5. It provides the opportunity for learning and development to take place hand in hand by giving opportunities to develop in all 7 areas. 

The E.Y.F.S focuses on seven areas of learning, these are; 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 
  • Communication and Language. 
  • Physical Development. 
  • Literacy Development. 
  • Expressive, Arts & Design. 
  • Mathematics. 
  • Understanding the World. 


Characteristics of Effective Learning

We also integrate the Characteristics of Effective Learning into all aspects of the EYFS curriculum. These are: 

  • Playing and Exploring - engagement. This incorporates finding out and exploring. Playing with what they know and being willing to have a go.   
  • Active Learning - motivation.  This is how involved the child is, how well they concentrate, keep trying and how they enjoy achieving what they set out to do.   
  • Creating and Thinking Critically - thinking.  Do they have their own ideas, how they make links with their learning and choose ways to do things. 

EYFS for Parents

For further information see the website below for invaluable information and documentation for parents:

What to expect, when? 

It is widely recognised the vital role that parents have in supporting their children's learning and development. Parents need to know what to expect in relation to their child's development through the different age bands of the EYFS. 

What to expect, when? is a simple guide which takes parents through the expectations of each age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children's learning and development. 

This latest addition to the EYFS suite of materials is available to download as a free pdf. 

Please find attached the Parents' Guide for the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework below. 


S2 Topic Focus: Who Lives on a Farm?

A Note to our Parents and Carers...

Your child will be sent home with a reading book each week. They will have a minimum of one individual read and one guided reading session each week in school. 

How can you help your child at home?  

We ask that you read with your child at home daily this will support their comprehension, language, concentration and phoneme/grapheme recognition. Below are some useful websites to aid your children in a variety of different areas. If you require any more advice or support please do not hesitate to come and speak to me. 

Miss McGrath 

Open Door Policy

I operate an open door policy in Reception and so you are invited to follow the line and come into class with your child in the morning. You will then
have the opportunity to ensure they are settled and talk to myself or Miss Ward; passing on any messages etc. However, at this time our priority is the children and so, if you do wish to have a longer or more private discussion with myself, we ask that you arrange this for the end of the day. Children should be collected from the classroom playground door at the end of each day.

Miss McGrath


Homework will be sent home on Friday each week and should be completed in their homework book. The children will have a Maths & Literacy activity or a fun challenge to be completed and handed in by the Wednesday of the following week.  


In Reception, we use a phonics scheme 'readwrite inc', this term the children will be recapping Phase 2. The children will be developing their segmenting and blending skills and will begin to read and write high frequency words and use these in sentences.


We will learn how to apply our phonics knowledge, write for different purposes and write phonetically plausible attempts of words and sentences. The children will take part in one big write lesson per week. We will continue to practice letter formation and correct pencil grip each morning.


We will be learning to count up to 20. We will be practising careful counting, making sure that we only say one number for each object. We will practice recognising numerals and matching amounts to them. We will also be learning to describe 2D shapes and we will be learning the names of some 3D shapes too.  

A1 Topic Focus: Marvellous Me

A2 Topic Focus: Winter Wonderland 

SP1 Topic Focus 'Into the Woods'