Year 1

Welcome to Reception.

Welcome to Reception Class with Miss Morgan and Mrs Spetch 

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We believe that all children are unique. Every child has their own personality, interests, individual talents and skills. Together we aim to nurture each child to fulfil their potential.

Scientific research has proven that children are more likely to learn and problem solve when they are emerged into a safe and secure environment which interests, excites and stimulates them.

Below are examples of the things we do to support teaching and learning:

Our classroom environment is set up as a ‘workshop’ approach indoor and outdoor. This means that children have independent access to resources in areas of the classroom to support learning. Enhancements are then used to ‘hook’ children into play, this could be through a child’s interest in a particular toy or favourite TV character, it could also mean setting up an activity for a child to develop a skill they have been observed exploring. The enhancements will be carefully chosen in relation to recent observations and assessments.

In Foundation Stage the cycle of observation, assessment, planning, observation is carried out on a moment-by-moment basis.

We work this way because:

Babies and young children are experiencing and learning in the here and now, not storing up questions until tomorrow or next week. It is in that moment of curiosity, puzzlement, effort or interest – the ‘teachable moment’ – that the skilful adult makes a difference. By using this cycle on a moment-by-moment basis, the adult will always be alert to individual children (observation), always thinking about what it tells us about the child’s thinking (assessment), and always ready to respond by using appropriate strategies at the right moment to support children’s well-being and learning. (planning in the next moment)

In Nursery there is more emphasis on the development of the PRIME areas of learning, these are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The learning is then directed towards the SPECIFIC areas of learning in Reception, these are:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive arts and design

We have adapted multiple approaches of observation, assessment and planning in order for us to provide the best learning opportunities for our children, such as Anna Ephgraves ‘Focus Child’, Pie Corbets ‘Talk for Writing’ and Allistair Brice Cleggs ‘Objective Led Planning’.

We also reinforce the ‘Characteristics of effective learning’ with the children through a review time at the end of each session. Children who can understand how they learn and not just what they learn will remain an effective and motivated learner.

Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators, by working together we can provide the most effective education for children. We have a welcoming atmosphere where parents feel valued. We are always looking for new ways to involve parents.

We have celebrated the royal wedding with a royal picnic. We invited parents/carers for fun and games on the school field and made crafts and buns.


 We have been busy improving our outdoor area by growing new flowers and vegetables. We are learning to maintain and look after our new garden area to keep the plants healthy and hopefully produce something we can eat.

We have been baking lots of yummy treats recently to help us learn mathematical vocabulary about weight and measure. We made a cake mixture by weighing the ingredients so that the scales would balance with the weight of 1 egg.