Welcome to Reception!

Your child’s first year at school helps to build a secure base and foundation for their future learning.

In Reception, as we do in Pre-School, we have seven areas of learning and development. Each area is important and inter-connected.

There are three Prime Areas. These areas are fundamental in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children is centered around three areas:

Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self-Awareness and Managing Feelings and Behaviour.

Communication and Language

This is centered around Speaking, Listening and Attention, and Understanding.

Physical Development

This is centered around Moving and Handling, and Health and Self-Care.


There are four Specific Areas. These areas provide opportunities for the children to broaden their knowledge and skills.


This has two main focuses – Reading and Writing


This has two main focuses – Number and Shape, Space and Measure

Understanding the World

This looks at three areas:

The World, People and Communities and Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

This has two main focuses – Being Imaginative and Exploring and Using Media and Materials

We have two Reception classes that work as one cohort. Our provision enables the children to develop their knowledge and skills across all of areas of learning and development. In our provision you can find:

Fine Motor Area

Snack Table

Creative Area

Maths Zones

Writing Area – ‘Eastfield Mail’

Wonder Area

Role-Play Area

Construction Area

Throughout all of our areas of learning and development are the Early Years Foundation Stage ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ – ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’. These are at the heart of our curriculum, planning and provision. Learning through play is one of the best ways for children to engage in their learning and contextualise what they are doing. Our indoor and outdoor provision is planned to ensure it is stimulating, engaging and interactive. It encourages the children to discover for themselves and to explore their environment and be challenged.

Our topics for 2020-21:

Each half-term we follow a specific topic. All of our literacy, numeracy, phonics and topic work is linked to these themes.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
All About Me Seasons of Mist Digging for Dinosaurs Fun with Food Forests, Caves and Creepy Crawlies It’s a Pirate’s Life for Me


Each week, Mack the Mouse brings the children a letter or parcel to introduce their phonics for the week.

The children work across the cohort in groups. Each group is tailored specifically for those children.

There are links to phonics and the sounds that we are learning throughout our provision.

Literacy and Numeracy:

We work in small focus groups for Literacy and Numeracy. We often work together on the carpet for our introduction and then go off to work in ability groups. As we move towards the end of the spring term, in readiness for Year One we begin to work more independently.