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Chickerell Primary Academy


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Below, parents of our current classes can find out more about their child's learning for the week ahead; this will also be shared on Tapestry. Please scroll further down the page to find more information about your child's learning.


If your child is due to join us in September 2022, scroll down the page to find out how to book a tour of the school with our Early Years Leader.


Our reception learning for the week ahead - week beginning 23.5.22

We hope that you enjoyed the weekend. 😊

Weekly overview:
This week we are going to be learning about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We have lots of exciting, royal-themed activities planned .👸 🇬🇧
We will be reading the book The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan. This lovely book will explain the many important engagements that the Queen attends as part of her royal duties. We will be designing our own knickers and using our Fred fingers to write labels for them. 

In maths we are learning about subtraction. We will sing songs, use money, play games and use objects to show taking away in different ways. We will also begin writing subtraction sentences such as 8-3=5.

We will be learning the two special friends sounds ‘oy’ and ‘ou’. We will be learning the tricky words ‘want’ ‘all’ ‘call’ ‘like’ ‘her’ as these words are beginning to be found in some of the reading books. We will read and write words and sentences with these words and sounds in.

Continuous Provision
We will be having lots of fun playing with our friends and following our interests and ideas during our continuous provision time. Continuous provision describes all of the different provision areas which are available for your children to use every day e.g. water, sand, creation station etc. Within each of these areas of provision, there will be a core range of resources that children can use all of the time, throughout the whole year. We enhance this provision by using the children’s ideas and in order to develop their skills. We will also be enhancing our provision with activities linked to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Please look out for the photos that will be added during the week.

Your Tapestry observations
Each week you will receive this weekly overview which will be updated with some photos of your children enjoying their week at school. Every other week, you will receive a maths and writing observation. This may include next steps which will help you to support your children at home. Please add an observation to Tapestry if you would like to share what your child has been doing at home; we love to see their home learning.


We are looking forward to having lots of fun at school this week! 😊


As always, thank you for your support and please remember that we are always here if you need us. 

The Reception Team



School start and finish times

There is a 'soft' start to the school day, your child can arrive any time between 8.30- 8.50 am. If you are a working parent you might like to bring your child at 8.30 am, if not they can arrive later. 

School finishes for Reception children at 2.45 pm


Any concerns

Please use Tapestry to let us know about any concerns or questions  you might have, however small they might seem; we are always here to support you. If you need to speak to us, then please either catch us at the end of the school day or contact the school office - 783876  - and we will either take your call or ring you back as soon as we are able to.


Meet the Reception Team

Mrs Llewellyn - Deputy Head, Early Years Lead, Class teacher 

Mrs Mitchell - Class Teacher

Mrs Wait - Class Teacher 

Mrs Buckland - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kershaw - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rumbold - Teaching Assistant and lunchtime assistant 

Mrs Pollard - Teaching Assistant

Miss Jolliffe - Teaching Assistant

Mrs McGrath - Teaching Assistant and lunchtime assistant






At Chickerell Primary Academy and Chickadees, our teaching staff and Early Years Practitioners deliver an EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum through high quality teaching alongside an engaging and enriched environment. Our philosophy is to nurture every child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. We aim to develop their skills and confidence so that they are ready to take those important next steps towards a lifetime of learning.  


The intent for our children is to enter the next stage of their education, Year 1, ready to tackle new challenges with confidence and a positive mindset. 

We engage our pupils in a stimulating environment led by the children yet carefully organised and managed by adults. We provide a curriculum responsive to children’s individual starting points and needs. 

We encourage our children to take the lead in their own learning, this helps to develop their confidence to explore new ideas, solve problems, take risks, make links and seek challenge. 

We develop high levels of engagement, curiosity, collaboration and cooperation. We encourage our children to manage their own behaviour in the classroom and in social situations. 

We encourage our children to express themselves with confidence in a meaningful way and to respect the opinions and values of themselves and 


Our approach is influenced by the work of educationalists, researchers, psychologists and practitioners who have guided our knowledge of how young children learn and how adults can support their learning.  At Chickerell Primary Academy and Chickadees, provision is underpinned by a complementary relationship between adult-led, adult-initiated and child-led learning. We use a continuous cycle of observation and assessment, which informs our planning and teaching, alongside structured and systematic lessons and guided group work. 


The impact of the EYFS curriculum is reflected in having well-rounded, happy and confident children transitioning into Year 1. 

Our children enter Key Stage 1 well-prepared to begin the next chapter of their educational learning journey. They are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide them with the right foundations for their future learning.  


Our children make very good progress from their starting points; the vast majority of our children make better than expected progress with us.  They leave Reception with a Good Level of Development (GLD) which is at least in line with the National average GLD (latest data 72%). The judgements of our school are moderated with other schools to ensure that they are secure.  


Our teaching and pedagogy are reviewed and evaluated regularly through EYFS team meetings and through meetings with Key Stage 1 staff.  We ensure that the areas we discuss and develop are reflected in changes and developments in our classroom practice. 


The Early Years provision is highly valued by school leaders, it features in all areas of our school development planning and there is a designated EYFS link governor, Jane Hurdiss.



Reception Curriculum Overview - this document will show you the different skills your children will be learning as they progress throughout the year

Our EYFS curriculum


Our EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) curriculum for both Chickadees and Reception has been guided by the EYFS Framework, Development Matters and early years pedagogy, whilst being personal to our school; it embraces the contextual learning and the cultural capital that comes from our community and our children’s home lives. It has been designed to engage and enthuse the young minds of our children, through carefully planned, play-based learning experiences. Our curriculum is rich and well-sequenced; it ensures that the skills our children require for the next stage in their education progress throughout the EYFS, so that they are ready for school after Chickadees and for Year 1 after their reception year. In reception, there is a key focus on transition to Year 1 which continually evolves throughout the year. For example, whilst teaching the children about the past and the present (Understanding the World), we will introduce the concept of a timeline and introduce some historical vocabulary such as – new, old, ago, past, order, time. In this way we teach children the foundational knowledge, and develop concepts and vocabulary, that prepare our children for their history lessons in year 1.  

Our Reception Curriculum Goals

New intake September 2022


If your child is due to start school in September 2022, we are now able to welcome you into our school for a tour of the reception base and outdoor learning areas, the other classrooms and the school grounds. You will be able to see our wonderful children happily engaged in their learning and to meet some of our dedicated team of staff.  We are also able to answer any questions you might have and you will be able to absorb the warm, friendly and vibrant ethos of our school. 


Our Early Years Leader will be able to tell you more about all the fun your child will have when learning through play in our fantastic reception base, when she meets you for a tour or at our new intake parents meetings which you will receive invitations for.




Please  take a look at this website to find out more about us. If you click on the year group pages you will be able to find out about the learning that is taking place throughout school.




Cornerstones Curriculum Project for this half term - summer 1. These documents will give you an overview of the project and will provide you with some ideas for how you can support your child at home.

Reception - In the event of any closure related to Covid