Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Richmond

Miss Pankhurst/Miss Pearson

In Reception we spend the first few weeks of the autumn term getting to know each other and becoming familiar with the school expectations and routines. We find out each other’s names and interests and develop friendships with one another, whilst becoming aware of the seasonal changes around us.

Our days are very busy, packed with play based learning opportunities and we love it when our hard work is rewarded, especially if we are brave and have a go at something new.

We have an enticing learning environment where we can follow our own lines of enquiry, whilst also working on specific Areas of Learning such as maths and literacy activities.

Once we have settled and know each other a little, our interests will guide the learning opportunities provided, adapting the environment as appropriate. During the autumn term there are several festivals and celebrations to enjoy, including Hallowe’en, Bonfire night and of course Christmas.

We will be introducing Percy Panda to the children very soon. He is a new little character who we hope will become very much part of our reception class. The children will be able to take turns in bringing him home to meet families and friends and to share experiences with him.

We will begin our daily phonics lessons once the children are all in school full time, establishing the expectations through games and songs. We will also begin our afternoon reading activities, enjoying our daily Book Club: after sharing a class story, we help the children to develop their reading skills whilst enjoying a shared text in a small group twice per week. As these skills progress, more challenging texts will be offered, having been carefully differentiated for each child and group of children. We ask for your support in helping develop your child’s reading skills with regular reading at home. It is important that s/he receives a breadth of reading materials in order for him/her to fully consolidate and apply the skills s/he needs in his/her later learning. They bring their reading books home every day, with the opportunity of changing it each time their reading record is signed to show they have read at home. Thank you.

If you have not already done so, please can you ensure that your child has a splash suit and a pair of wellies in school so that they can embrace all aspects of the curriculum. Thank you.


You may have heard a lot about Baseline Assessment in the news:

We are continually assessing the progress of your child to give him/her the very best experience at school. At the beginning of the school year we observe each child’s understanding and approach to learning in order to establish their starting points. This helps to inform us of their next steps and feeds into the planning each week. This September we have chosen to pilot the Baseline Assessment from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), ahead of it becoming statutory in 2020.

We have always used our professional judgement to inform us of the children’s levels of understanding against the Early Years Outcomes. The children are not ‘tested’, they learn in an engaging environment and we, as professionals, observe them in their play. This gives us a true reflection of their learning styles.


Kind regards,

Caroline Richmond and the Foundation Stage Team



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