In Reception, we aim to make the transition into school as seamless as possible and work closely with parents and carers to share their child’s learning journey and progress. Through our carefully planned provision opportunities the children are supported and challenged while learning through play. Our child centred holistic approach ensures that all children develop a love of learning. This includes making friends, exploring nature, dress up days, visiting the woods, cooking, mysteries to solve, experiencing new things that build on our prime areas of development and most importantly – having fun!

Please find below our knowledge organiser for the autumn term:




In Reception your homework is to read/share a book five times per week and record this on the reading record sheet. We will send home new books and a phonics activity in your reading pack on a Friday.

A letter called 'This week in Early Years' goes out on Tapestry every Friday with suggestions for home learning activities. These will help support what we are learning in school.


Meet the Team

Welcome to Reception (Early Years).
There are 3 classes in Reception: Owlets, Ducklings and Goslings.

Team Leader Mrs L Knott (Ducklings)
Teachers Miss I Chalk (Goslings)
Mrs S Ward (Owlets)
Mrs N Thomas (Owlets)
Teaching Assistants Mrs J Milligan
Miss S Pattenden
Mrs K Cummings
Mrs D Tobin

What We Have Been Up To

Here you will find all the exciting things we have been up to recently.

Settling into school and making friends

We have all settled into school life so well and have made lots of new friends! We have been learning the school 'Golden Rights' of Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair, and Try Your Best. We have enjoyed exploring the different areas outside and inside such as the woodwork area, the garden and the role play.

Into the woods

One day, we came into the classroom to find a purple prickle, a poisonous wart, and a claw! There were also muddy footprints across the playground! We decided a Gruffalo must be on the loose and followed the footprints all the way to the woods, where we found a cave. However, there was no sign of any Gruffalo. We made 'wanted' posters to try and catch the Gruffalo, and have been taking part in lots of learning linked to this wonderful story. We have dressed up and acted it out, made our own traps, made Gruffalo crumble, made headbands to practise our scissor skills, and even learnt all the Makaton signs to retell the. We were very lucky to have a video call with the Gruffalo himself who loved listening to us tell the story!