Welcome to Reception

Carolyn Hanwell, Sarah Willmott, Sandra Pell (Teachers of UK and Poland Class), Kerry Warren (Intervention and SEN Teacher) alongside our Early Years Practitioners/TAs, Charlotte Howes, Jennifer Howard, Rachel Macdonald and Deborah Wilson make up our experienced and enthusiastic Reception Team.

After ensuring a smooth transition, which includes home visits, visits to previous setting and a staggered start, children begin their exciting Reception Year in school.

We provide an environment which allows the children to play and explore following their own interests; all staff support the children, through quality interactions, to access the different areas in the classrooms and outdoor spaces. These areas include construction, graphics, role-play, small world, creative, maths and malleable.

Our Storytelling approach enables children to deeply learn and retell key stories through story-mapping, story-stepping and lots of role-play and creative activities. This approach sets children on their way to become fabulous storytellers and writers! Children also take part in daily phonics sessions where they learn the letters, sounds and words through games, songs and activities. There are also daily Maths sessions to develop the children’s understanding of number, shape, space and measure.

Many of the wonderful learning moments and next steps are captured in the form of photograph, film and written observations. These are uploaded onto the children’s individual on-line Learning Journey (Tapestry) which parents access at home. We encourage comments and observations from home and understand that parental engagement is key to a child’s learning and development.