Welcome to Reception.

Our Reception unit aims for all children to become independent, motivated and engaged learners. We hope for every child to be a confident learner who loves and enjoys learning new things.

Our classroom for Hedhegogs & Squirrels has an open planned design which prompts an exciting, stimulating and enriched environment for the children. It is split into different areas of learning with a variety of resources in each, to help give children different learning experiences. They can use these experiences to help build on existing and new concepts to extend their knowledge and understanding, with effective scaffolding from the staff.

We follow the EYFS curriculum which is play-based learning which enables the foundation team to promote a balanced (CIL) Child-initiated and adult-led learning timetable whilst enhancing exploratory and first-hand experiences. This gives children the opportunity to choose from a range of activities to enhance their own learning and challenge themselves both inside and outside, focusing on 7 different areas of the curriculum.

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional development
Communication and language development
Physical development

These areas are the most important to embed and develop first in the young mind of our children to develop their social skills, communication, language, independence and love of learning.

We value every child as a unique individual and plan our curriculum on the children’s interests. We believe very much in providing the children with first-hand, real life experiences to enrich their learning and to make it purposeful. We cater for all children’s needs and plan extra support and intervention for any child who may need it. We value the importance of outdoor learning.

Specific Areas

Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design

Shared Daily Activities

Phonics, maths and sessions relating to our topic we are learning about at that time.

Importance of fostering a love of reading

We teach reading through:

  • Read Write inc phonics scheme

  • Hearing your child read individually

  • Sharing texts in Literacy and other subjects

We strongly believe that parents have an invaluable contribution towards their own child’s learning. We like to develop and foster good relationships with our parents to ensure that children achieve their very best and reach their full potential. We value parent’s views and understand that they are ultimately their child’s first educators. We welcome parents openly into our unit and encourage participation throughout the year.

Observations and assessment

Baseline carried out in September
Tapestry online learning journals
EYFS profile at the end of the year

Tapestry is an online journal recording all the learning and fun of children’s early years education.To access your child’s learning journey please click the below link:


Any problems please contact Miss Mason.

How can you support your child?

  • Home-school agreement

  • Reading with your child

  • Completing homework

  • Accessing and contributing to Tapestry at home.

What do I need to remember to bring in?

Every day
Remember to put your child’s reading books into their book bag, ensuring there has been a comment left in their reading journal.

PE kit
Both classes will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please provide your children with appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor learning.

Homework given out each Friday either directing to your child or added on Tapestry. We encourage to show your children’s learning at home via Tapestry.

Mrs T Salisbury


Reception Events

Curriculum Information

At St John's our Reception team are very excited to be teaching your children the early stages of reading and writing in a fun and stimulating approach. We follow an enriched Scheme called Read Write Inc as our daily phonic sessions. We are starting our phonic sessions in Week 3 of this Autumn term.

Here is the link to help you support your child in Reading and Writing including demonstrations on how to pronounce the speed sounds in a pure way.

Read, Write, Inc.

WOW Writing!

You can help your child to develop their writing with a variety of fun activities. Your child to become a successful writer they need to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Here are some ideas to support their fine motor activities at home:

Some more ideas:

  • Using large paintbrushes and water outside on the ground.

  • Using fingers in shaving foam or paint. (Can get a little messy, so don’t forget an apron!)

  • Writing using different tools eg chalk, pastel, crayons, pencils, pens.

  • Using playdough and squeezy soft balls- this will help to develop strength in the hands.

  • Using tools and scissors- this will help to develop control and strengthen the fingers.

  • Using giant tweezers and pegs – this will help to develop the pincer grip to hold a pencil

  • monkey bars- this will help to develop upper body strength.

Cursive Writing

In reception and throughout the school we promote cursive writing. Children in Reception will be learning how to write their letters using the Read, Write, Inc rhymes. Below is each cursive letter:

Miss J Woodcock

Class Teacher

Mrs A Page

Class Teacher

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