Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Preece

Welcome to Reception’s class page. On here you will find lots of important information all about Reception. 

The adults working in Reception this year:

Mrs Preece – Class teacher

Mrs Ferguson – Teaching assistant

Mrs Wood – PPA cover

The Reception year is a very exciting time for both parents and children. During this year we will all work together to ensure that your child will develop a love of learning which they will carry with them. We provide a nurturing and engaging learning environment to give all of our children the opportunity to grow and develop into independent, resilient learner that enquires into the world around them. 

Learning opportunities are planned predominately around the children's interests, wants and needs. We provide many practical experiences such as forest school, baking, role play, sand, water and physical play. Alongside this, there will be regular phonics, maths, literacy and reading sessions. We provide a balance between teacher and child led activities and in addition we arrange both visits and visitors to help enrich the curriculum. 

The EYFS Framework (2021) explains how and what children in our EYFS will be learning to support their development. Our children learn skills, acquire new knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through seven areas of learning and development. 

There are three prime areas;

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development 
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

There are then four specific areas;

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design 


Enjoying books and reading stories from a very early age is crucial in the development of children. It helps with their ability to understand words, use their imagination, and develop their speech, as well as being something they really enjoy. More information can be found in your child’s reading diary. Your child will have a reading diary and a reading book, these will be changed weekly. 


Once a week we will spend the morning doing ‘finger gym’ activities. Finger gym activities boost communication and language and build a foundation for handwriting later on. It improves hand eye coordination, muscle development and enriches vocabulary. The children will have focus books during their literacy lessons. 

The children will also be taught phonics for 20-30 minutes per day.


Maths is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good foundation in maths is essential. We will have a big push on their understanding of number by problem solving, explaining their understanding and using shapes and measure.

Assessment in the EYFS is carried out through informal observations of the children participating in a range of activities and is recorded through 'Tapestry' - an online learning journal. 

For a more detailed overview of our curriculum, please head over the our Curriculum Subject Pages.

Thank you,

Mrs Preece

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