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                                             smiley smiley Reception Year Group Page smileysmiley

Autumn Term 1 2020

Welcome to all of the new children and parents in our Reception classes. This will be your children's first step along the path of their school learning journey and we will do everything possible to ensure that we give them the very best start. We also promise to make sure that they have lots of fun and make some wonderful memories along the way!


During this half term we will be getting to know each other, spending time together playing, learning and exploring. Our main focus will be finding out about the children's interests and experiences, learning new routines, making friends and finding our way around the Reception base and outdoor areas.  We will explore inside and outside, developing both our confidence and independence. Teaching staff will informally assess your children's strengths and then plan for their individual needs and learning experiences. We will share these with you on Tapestry (online Learning Journal) so that you can be involved with your children's learning every step of the way. 


We will focus on the prime areas of learning (Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development) through games, indoor and outdoor play, as well as through story times, nursery rhymes and singing sessions. Our early phonics and reading activities will be based around sharing stories and rhymes, building up vocabulary and listening to sounds around us. Our learning in maths will be based around counting, matching, sorting and comparing.


There will be daily opportunities for outdoor learning, in our courtyard, playground and paddock; we will be outside in all weathers. Our independent learning will flow between the classroom and outdoor areas which will allow for both small scale and large scale activities, games and play. We will explore the world around us and look for signs of Autumn together. 


Our theme for this half term is 'Getting to know each other'. As we were unable to offer play sessions in school due to the current situation, we can really focus on finding out about each other, making new friends and making sure that your children feel happy and settled in their new classes. 


We will welcome children through our Reception gate at 9.15am in the morning (please wait at the red gazebo, your children's teachers will come to collect them). Please collect your children in the same place at 2.30pm. 


If you have any questions or concerns, however small they may seem, please either catch us on the way in or out of school or contact us via Tapestry; we can always ring you if you would like to discuss something with us. We are always here to support you; working together with you will ensure that your children make the best progress possible - socially, emotionally and academically. 


We cannot wait to start our learning journey together!


Kind regards,


The Reception Team



                                              Our Curriculum Plan for the first half of Autumn Term


Please scroll down to click on our Parents/Carers guide to the Early Years Curriculum.



Meet the Reception Team


Mrs. Llewellyn - Deputy Head Teacher, EYFS Leader, Class Teacher


Mrs. Mitchell- Class Teacher


Mrs Wait - Class Teacher


Mrs. Buckland - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Dawson - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Kershaw - Teaching Assistant









Reception - In the event of any closure related to Covid

Our Curriculum - A guide to its Intent, Implementation and Impact