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Welcome to Reception and EYFS!


Miss Evans Mrs Ali Mrs Sansom Miss Bryant Mrs Warrener
R2 Teacher R1 Teacher R1 Teacher R3 Teacher Nursery Manager

Curriculum Meeting - 26th September 2018

A copy of the slides shown during the meeting can be accessed using the link below.


We use Tapestry, an online learning journal to help teachers and parents records the progress of our children in Nursery and Reception.


If you have completed the form, you can logon using this link.


What is Tapestry?

Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal where teachers record photos, observations and comments, for parents to see at home.

This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children's play and learning in and outside of the classroom.


How does Tapestry work?

Tapestry provides each individual child with their own Learning Journal held online, only you can see your child's journal no other parents will be able to see your child's journal. Parents and carers are given their own log-in using their email and password (which is pre-set by us but can be changed by you to make it more secure). All EYFS staff are also given a secure log-in.

Then both you and our staff can then upload observations, photos or videos; recording children's achievements and assessing their learning in reference to the curriculum.


How do I get a login for my child?

At the start of each year we will provide all new parents with a Tapestry set up letter. This letter requires an email address (you can provide more than one), your child's name and a parent name. Once this letter is sent back into school we can then set up your child's Learning Journal for you to access.


If you require any more information, you can either speak to your child's teacher or the school office.


EYFS & Reception Welcome Leaflet


This interactive maths area displays the current numbers that children are learning. There are interactive elements to the display allowing children to come and practise counting and recognising the focus numbers. The area is bright, has a range of vocabulary and resources that are attractively displayed and inviting to children.

This outdoor role play area has been created to support the current theme of learning. A range of keywords and pictures are available. There are opportunities for children to play in role as Jungle explorers. Time has been spent setting the area up to reflect the jungle explorer theme, any pieces of furniture that don’t fit the area have been removed or covered over – fridge etc.


We have been enjoying learning all about capacity using water, filling, half filling and emptying containers.


Wellie Wednesday

It was a rather windy Wellie Wednesday today, but that didn't stop the Nursery children from exploring. Today we made nature bracelets, built a camp, found mini beasts and acted scenes from The Gruffalo! We also enjoyed a hot chocolate drink to warm us up.



Nursery Letters Home

Nursery Learning Focus


Reception Learning Focus

Reception Letters Home

Curriculum Documents

What Our Children Say

Here are some responses from our some of our Reception children about what they think of their school:

"School is amazing. I love it so much." - Junior

"Being in R1 is great!" - Gracie-Louise

"School is so fun and brilliant" - Zak

"I love school because I like learning" - Sophie

Daily routine

The children are met and welcomed for the day in the playground. They come in with their teacher and hang up their coats and put away their book bags independently.

We then have registration where each child is encouraged to sign in by writing their name. After which, the children engage in a whole class Maths Mastery lesson. This includes the children singing and talking about the days of the week, months of the year, today’s date and weather. They also consolidate their maths learning from the previous day and are introduced to the new maths learning for that day.

During the morning, we have one session of phonics (revisiting sounds learnt so far, learning a new sound, reading and spelling tricky words, reading and spelling words with the new sound of the day, reading and writing a sentence) and a 'Write Away' session. Other activities through the day include - small group writing/topic work and choosing a variety of challenging and stimulating free choice activities that are linked to the current topic both inside and out. (See Kinder Corner)

 The children have access to free-flow play all day. All three Reception classes share a large outdoor area. The varied activities outside are linked to the indoor learning but on a bigger scale. 


The children enjoy snack time together each day. They have a variety of fruit to choose from and are encouraged to drink a cup of water. 


Success for All: Kinder Corner

To support children in learning literacy skills we use a scheme called Kinder Corner. This is a comprehensive early years programme based on research indicating that young children learn best when material is delivered holistically rather than in isolation. Using a thematic approach to learning, Kinder Corner addresses all key developmental stages for early learners. Kinder Corner helps children make sense of the world around them, fostering the development of their language, literacy and interpersonal and self-help skills, as well as science and social studies concepts. Kinder Corner provides a balance between free-choice activities and teacher-led activities, with emphasis given to oral-language and literacy development.

Throughout each school day the children experience talking about music and art through puzzles, books and games and listen to a variety of styles of music. They discover how sounds are turned into music and enjoy ‘Rhyme time’. A story is shared each day and the children write about their favourite part of the story each day on a ‘leaf’ and add it to The Story Tree display is class. There are a variety of ‘Learning Labs’ (free choice activities) for the children to access all day: Library Lab, Drama Lab, Construction Lab, Writing Lab, Small World Lab, Maths Lab, Music Lab and Art Lab. 

Forest School

R2 had a fantastic time at Forest School yesterday (Thursday 8th February 2018). We had a wonderful time creating nests for the birds and digging for eggs in the mud! We played games such as 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' and used the crayons to do bark rubbing. We can't wait to go back after half term! Miss Evans



'I am Amazing, I feel Fine'

As part of our recent project 'I am Amazing, I feel Fine' Reception have been exploring their feelings. We have discussed how we feel at different times and thought about what makes us feel these ways. Reception have learnt key words to describe their feelings and have shared ways that we can make each other feel better. We really enjoyed creating Feeling Faces during the project! We were able to use different toppings to decorate our biscuits and they tasted so yummy!

Class Work and Displays

R2 have been learning about those near and dear to us and have linked this with there Black History month. We chose Barack Obama and he has his wife and two daughters who are the nearest and dearest to him.

Season of Plenty

The children in R1 have been busy thinking about Autumn based on our topic of Seasons of Plenty.

They have also been participating in activities that encourage them to develop their fine motor skills and make their fingers strong.


Outdoor Play

Reception have been having lots of fun in the new mud kitchen. They enjoy digging for mini-beasts and mud pies are very popular!




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