Miss L Wright and Ms E Stout

Welcome to Reception


Children in the Reception class are currently receiving an outstanding education. They thoroughly enjoy their activities in their well organised classroom and the much improved outdoor area. They also benefit from excellent teaching that takes account of their own interests and needs. 

Ofsted September 2013

In Reception Class our aim is to give the best possible start to all children at the beginning of their journey through education by encouraging independence, creativity and developing the emotional well-being of each child.

Following a thorough baseline assessment at the start of the year, in which we find out what each child knows in order to give them an accurate starting point, we give the children engaging and hands-on experiences planned around topics they are interested in to nurture their love of learning in a caring and supportive environment where the can become confident learners.  We know that children learn best when they are having fun, so play and active involvement underpin the structure of every day.  To read more about the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage follow this link here.

Children in Reception Class learn at different rates, so each child is planned for as an individual in order to maximise their learning.  There are daily opportunities for activities to support all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and a mix of adult led and child led tasks.  A description of the areas of learning can be accessed through this link.

A very important part of our day is the time we spend learning about phonics.  Our school follows the Read, Write Inc phonics programme, where all children are taught how to recognise letters and read words.  More information about Read, Write Inc phonics programme can be found below.

At the end of the year the children will be assessed on whether they have met the Early Learning Goals for the Early years Foundation Stage.  For more information on this, please click on the link below.


And Then There Were Six!

On Monday we received an amazing delivery of an incubator and ten hens eggs.  On Wednesday afternoon we had our first chick hatch which was a girl! We were very excited to find that it had been joined by three more brothers and sisters this morning. Through the day...

Caterpillar Update!

Our caterpillars have now eaten all they can and have crawled up to the top of the pot to build a chrysalis around themselves. We know they will stay in there for a little while and cant wait to see them emerge as...

Little Farmers!

On Wednesday we had a lovely but very cold day at Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth. After a long bus journey, we arrived just in time to put our bags away and explore the farm on the back of a tractor! We then got to take a closer look at some of the smaller animals that...

Special Delivery!

On Friday we received a delivery we had been waiting all week for! Five very tiny baby caterpillars! Over the next few weeks we are going to watch as they transform into beautiful butterflies that can be released into our outdoor area. We have enjoyed looking closely...

Growing Beanstalks

This week we are exploring new life and have planted some beans. We are going to have a beanstalk race and the person who grows the biggest beanstalk will win a prize! Every day we are looking after our plants by watering them and remembering not to touch them.  ...

We Went Shopping!

This morning we went to the local supermarket to buy all of the ingredients we need for Mr Hattam to make us some pancakes tomorrow.  Each group had an ingredient to search for and buy.   We took everything to the checkout and paid the lady at the till. She gave us...

Float or Sink?

Today we tested out our boats to see if they would float or sink. If our boats floated they would be able to take the penguin back to his home in the South Pole! At the end of our experiment we counted how many boats were floaters and how many were sinkers. We talked...

Be My Valentine!

Today we found out all about St. Valentine and talked about the special people in our lives. We celebrated today in school by making heart shaped jam sandwiches to give to our...

Building Boats

In Reception Class we have been very interested in penguins, so our story this week is all about a boy who is helping a lost penguin return home across the ocean. In the story the boy tries to build a boat that will sail all the way to The South Pole. We thought that...

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