Reception Year is a time of great change for both children and their parents. It is a very exciting time for children but it can also be quite tiring. We understand this and we have a lot of experience in helping the children to adjust to school life. We firmly believe that a close and supportive relationship with the parents of children in our care is invaluable in helping them to settle in and progress well throughout their first year in school.

Assessment – Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning
  • Creating and thinking critically

These aspects underpin learning and development across all areas.

Prime areas:

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

Specific areas:

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


  • Age phases
  • Levels
  • Early Learning Goals


  • Focussed and significant observations
  • Observations by parents
  • Learning journeys

Early Learning Goals


  • Children can read and understand simple sentences
  • They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words
  • They read some common irregular words e.g. the, was etc
  • They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read


  • Children can use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds
  • They can write some irregular common words
  • They can write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
  • They can spell some words correctly and others phonetically


  • Children count reliably with numbers to 20
  • They can place numbers in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number to 20
  • They can use quantities and objects to add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer
  • They can solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing

Key Worker

Your child is designated a member of staff, who will be responsible not only for their academic progress but also ensuring they are continually developing their social and emotional skills.

How You Can Help

  • Share books
  • High frequency word practice
  • Learn letter sounds
  • Handwriting practice
  • Home experiences of counting, problem solving and number identification

To find out more information about the curriculum your child is following, please contact your class teacher. Our Assistant Headteacher, Mr Stout, is available to discuss the curriculum if you require further information. Additionally, of course, Mrs Millington and Mrs Crowther are happy to talk through aspects of the curriculum with families.

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