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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:

  • Mathematics

  • Literacy

  • Understanding the world

  • Expressive arts and design



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