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Welcome to Reception!



Welcome to Reception Class. We have so much fun in Reception and we hope this webpage will give you an insight as to all of the learning that takes place. You will find information on our Curriculum overviews, links to useful websites, home learning support and many other things that will support your child's first year at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any other member of staff in Reception class for further information. 



  • The characteristics of effective learning are a key element in the early year’s foundation stage. They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities. Children up to the age of five should all be displaying the characteristics of effective learning every day. The characteristics are:

  • Playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things and are willing to have a go.

  • Active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying when they encounter difficulties and enjoy their achievements.

  • Creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, are able to make links between ideas and develop a range of strategies for doing things.


These themes are used to underpin the learning and development that your child will take part in during their time in the EYFS. Children learn in a variety of ways: watching others, talking, asking questions, listening, exploring and investigating. Planned, purposeful play is the foundation of development and learning for young children and your child will continue to take part in many indoor and outdoor play experiences that will help them to learn and have fun!


The EYFS curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development;


3 Prime Areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication, and language

  • Physical development


4 specific areas:


Daily teaching:

  • Mathematics: we adopt the Maths Mastery approach to prepare our pupils for the rest of their learning at Elms Farm.

  • Literacy: We use Letters & Sounds for Phonics & Talk for Writing in line with the rest of the school.

Our afternoon teaching is part of the whole school plan for the wider curriculum. This ensures that we prepare our pupils for the next steps in their learning:

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design




Spring Term: Remote Learning


Current Topic: Where do I live?


Current Literacy Text: Hansel and Gretel

For our non-fiction Talk For Writing unit we will be creating wanted posters for the witch and other villain characters. 


We have also looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs this half term. The children learnt the story using actions and story maps. They then innovated by changing parts of the story and by writing their new ideas down. To finish the fiction unit the children created their own stories using story mountains. 


Current Maths Focus; numbers 6-8 and measure


This half term we are focusing on subitising, combining 2 groups of objects, bonds of numbers up to 8, making pairs, length and height and time. 


All of our remote learning is posted on Class Dojo. 

Spring Term: Remote Learning

Timetable Spring Term

Remote Learning: Writing

Remote Learning: Mathematics

Remote Learning: Expressive Arts

Useful websites to support learning at home;