Reception Stage (Age 4-5)

During their time in Reception the children will continue on their journey of learning to read and write. We aim to provide a print rich learning environment for our pupils and to encourage them to make marks in all areas of the curriculum. Children begin taking home books to read with parents and carers within the first weeks of school and have daily phonics sessions four times every week. We do not follow one specific reading scheme instead we have a range of books which are banded into colour groupings for the children to choose from. Within phonics sessions children will be introduced to the letters and blends of letters within the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phases.

Children also begin their mathematical journey, learning to recognise numbers and shapes and then assign meaning to these numbers, understanding ‘the threeness of three!’ We introduce the children to our ‘Big Maths Beat That’ scheme in Reception helping them to practice adding numbers and beginning to recognise their number bonds to 10.

A crucial part of our Reception unit is the outdoors. We have a very natural outdoor space attached to our Reception unit which is completely safe and secure. All seven areas of the curriculum are represented in the outdoor and indoor provision and children are allowed to flow freely from one to the other.They enjoy a varied and stimulating balance between learning through play and more structured activities covering the three prime and four specific areas of learning, and the three learning characteristics, set out below:

The prime areas of learning:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

The learning characteristics:

  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically