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Welcome to Reception!


Welcome to Reception from the staff:


Mrs McLaughlin - Early Years Manager - Harriott Class
Mrs Bala  - Class Teacher – Jaffrey  Class
Miss Reid - Class Teacher – Oliver Class


Mrs Sandhu, Ms Bains , Mrs Ali and Mrs Harjaj are the key workers in our year group.


In our three Reception classes children are excited about establishing new friendships, getting used to school routines and being engaged with the exciting learning opportunities, both in the classroom and outside. They will learn how to work together with their new friends and we are sure we will be very impressed with how much learning will take place over the term. This learning will be based around literature and will include books about Traditional Tales and Bears.


Play-based learning:

Throughout Reception, we focus on independent learning and play through carefully planned provision. In addition to our indoor classrooms, we have an outdoor area resourced with bikes, mud kitchen, sand and water trays and much more. 


Adult-led activities:

In Reception there is a shared reading, phonic session and maths session every day as well as short adult-led activities throughout the week which focus on different elements of the curriculum. 


Online Learning Journals



Every child has an online learning journal where parents and staff can document their child's 'wow' moments over the year.


EYFS Phonics and Reading Presentation

Sounds of the English Phonic Code - Synthetic Phonics

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with Synthetic Phonics.