Reception is part of the Early Years Foundation Stage where children acquire and develop key and life-long skills which will underpin the rest of their school journey.

Our children learn through a wide range of play-based and child-initiated activities as well as more formal methods of learning and adult-led group work. We aim to inspire a true love of learning in your children by encouraging them to develop their confidence and curiosity through a broad and stimulating topic-based curriculum.

We are a team of experienced and dedicated practitioners who work closely together to ensure the best outcomes for your children. Each child is valued for their individual characteristics and all achievements are celebrated. We foster strong and meaningful links between home and school, encouraging parents to tell us about children's interests and achievements outside of school, so that we can share in their success. Throughout the year we hold a variety of workshops to keep parents informed of teaching strategies and ways in which you can help at home. We also send home a weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with the busy and exciting schedule in our Reception classes.

In Reception we have daily phonics and numeracy sessions. The weekly timetable also includes specialised music input, P.E, ICT, creative activities and a wide range of open-ended opportunities which enable the children to discover and interpret the world around them.

There are three large, bespoke Reception classrooms, with an adjacent all-weather outdoor area and our own dedicated Early Years playground as outdoor learning is an important part of the Early Years’ experience.

Please contact us in the playground before or after school or email us.

The Reception Team

Paula Greenwood (Wellington)  |

Flo Davies (Durnsford)  |

Olivia Bacon (Lucien)  |

In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which is set out in stages from birth to five years old. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and provides children with the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life. 

There are 7 areas of learning; 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas.

The three prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas.  These are:

Personal, social and emotional development,

Communciation and language

Physical development

The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge.  They grow out of the prime areas and provide important context for learning.  They are:



Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design


The curriculum overviews below outline our topics and, within each topic, the areas of learning in Reception and some of our proposed activities. However, in the Early Years we follow the children’s interests and therefore our learning focus will remain the same but some of our activities may change and be adapted as each term progresses.


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