Welcome to Reception!

The teachers in Reception are Miss Merritt (Hedgehog Class) and Mrs Roberts (Squirrel Class).

Mrs Dhakal and Miss Knight also support the learning in Reception.



Our Reception classes form part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, building on from the learning experiences in Nursery.


The Early Years Foundation Stage aims to help your child develop the skills they need as they grow, learn and develop. Our two Reception classes work as a unit, accessing both classrooms and the outdoor area everyday.  We sometimes share our experiences and learning together with the Nursery children too.


Learning in Reception is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult-led activities:

  • Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. Teachers will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating.
  • Small group teaching of early reading and writing through a phonics based programme called Read Write Inc.
  • Whole class teaching for short periods of time such as shared storytime, direct teaching (for example of maths), songs and rhymes, discussions and sharing work.
  • Opportunities for teachers to work alongside children as they develop their own interests in particular areas of the curriculum.



Reception is an exciting time! Throughout the year, the children will have fun, make friends, learn and develop at a pace matched to their individual stage of development.


Right from the start, we endeavour to ensure that caring, nurturing and warm relationships are developed between all members of staff and the children in our care.


We promote calm, positive interactions with all children in order to enable them to quickly grow in confidence and independence.


We encourage children to take risks, be curious and explore.  We want them to become resilient individuals who are able to problem solve and persevere with tasks even when they find them a challenge.  By doing this, we can rest assured that each child will be equipped with the skills to be a life-long, independent and effective learner.


We have a spacious indoor and outdoor learning environment to support the learning in our Reception classes as well as use of the school hall, spacious grounds and vegetable patch.


Our outdoor area includes:

  • A climbing frame
  • Sand pit
  • Stage
  • Mud kitchen
  • Water area
  • Bug Hotel



Reception End of Year Expectations

Here are a few pointers as to the sorts of things your child may be able to do and will know when they are reaching the end of year expectations of Reception:


  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words.
  • Be secure in the Set 1 and 2 phonics.
  • Read some common irregular words.
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration.
  • Join in with rhyming patterns.
  • Read and understand simple sentences.
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • Make basic predictions.
  • Identify the start and end of a sentence.
  • Know the alphabet and link letter names to the sound they make.
  • Know the difference between a capital and lower case



  • Using phonic knowledge, write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.
  • Write their name (correct capital and lower case).
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences.
  • Write clearly demarcated sentences.
  • Use a correct pencil grip.
  • Correct letter formation for all letters.

Speaking and Listening

  • Use complete sentences to explain or describe things.
  • Listen carefully to what is being said and repeat this if needed.
  • Know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something.
  • Stand up in front of others and tell them about something that has happened to them.


  • Count reliably to at least 20.
  • Count a number of objects by pointing to/moving each one as they count.
  • Recognise numbers to at least 20.
  • Order numbers 1 – 20 and then beyond.
  • Say 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 20.
  • Add and subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Form all digits 0-9 correctly.
  • Know the names of the days of the week in order.


If you have any other questions about your child's progress or how your child is getting on in school, please either catch us in the morning or afternoon if your question is brief, or speak to us about making a before or after-school (preferable) appointment.


Recommended Reads for Reception Children

Below are some of the titles and front covers from books we love and recommend for our Reception children. We have chosen these books because they support children even before they learn to read. These books help children to behave like readers.

Some of the texts are repetitive; these help children to predict what might happen next. Often children will learn to memorise these books quickly.

Many of these books have rhythm and rhyme. These help children explore sound patterns and link words together. Rhythm also helps children to make predictions too.

Some of the stories allow children to practice and apply their phonic knowledge, which they will begin learning during their time in Nursery.

Lots of the books have illustrations to support children's story telling. Talking about the pictures in a text help develop our language.

Some of the books draw attention to the way books and text work, helping us understand written language.

Listening and joining in with stories help us to understand our world, play with words and develop essential communication and language skills.

Early Reading and Phonics

When learning to read, we use a phonics based programme called Read Write Inc. This enables us to learn the sounds and then how to build words with those sounds. We continue to build on this learning throughout Reception and into Key Stage One.

Here is a short video clip to demonstrate how to say each phonic sound:



What we are learning this half term: 

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