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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 automatically create you a Tapestry account using the email address you have provided during the enrollment process. Once created, you will receive an email from Tapestry asking you to complete the setup by creating a secure password and PIN. If you do not supply an email address, we will be unable to create you a Tapestry account.


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

 Reception Welcome Leaflet

What Our Children Say

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

"I like school when I can draw because drawing is fun" by Denzel
"We love school because we can play with our friends" by Kymani and Timothy
"I love going to Forest School so I can get messy and dig up lots of worms" by Jake

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

Reception had a fantastic time at Forest School. 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. 


Reception are really enjoying their Forest School sessions. We have seen so many changes in the environment since September such as the leaves and flowers growing or the weather. We learn lots of exciting facts about the environment from Mrs Warrener and we love finding out about the minibeast that live there. We have even been cooking delicious mud pies and searching for birds in the trees! Thank you for our wonderful sessions Mrs Warrener!

Fur and Feathers

Our topic in Reception this week has been Fur and Feathers and we were lucky that some children and teachers brought in their pets from home. These included guinea pigs, hamsters, a dog and a leopard gecko. The children were able to hold or stroke the animals if they wanted to and ask the owners lots of interesting questions.


Life Cycle of a Frog

In Reception, we have been looking at the life cycle of a frog. We have collected frogspawn  from our school pond and are eagerly waiting to see what happens next.



As part of our growing topic, Reception have read the story "Jack and the Beanstalk". They have painted their very own beanstalk and the children have all planted a bean seed and cannot wait to see what happens next!


We've now transferred the bean plants to our growing patch.



Reception are really enjoying their P.E. lessons. We are learning how to do an underarm throw and applying it to different games. We are working really well with our partner's to practice our throwing skills and enjoyed trying to aim our bean bag into a hoop.


Woodwork Station

We now have our very own woodwork section...


'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!