Welcome to Reception.

Hello! I am Miss Roche and I am the Reception class teacher. Every day in Reception is so much fun and there is learning everywhere.

In Reception we follow the government standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years. This is called the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework’. The EYFS holds four overarching principles at its core, these are:

  • Every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways.

Early Years Team staff work closely together, along with parents and carers, to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment where children feel confident to explore and investigate through self-initiated play and planned learning topics.

The EYFS is categorised into Prime Areas, which underpin all learning, and Specific Areas.

Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development – We support the children in developing positive and meaningful relationships with others. We teach our children to develop respect for others, to understand their and others' feelings and make the right choices in their behaviour. We teach the children the importance of self-confidence and self-awareness, knowing when they do and do not need help.
  • Physical Development – developing skills and co-ordination to control movement; both for small movements like drawing and using scissors and large movements for dance, drama and games. During ‘disco gym’ every morning the children focus on building our muscles for super writing. In PE we work hard on negotiating space and exploring different ways of moving. We teach our children how to manage their needs safely and independently and how to make healthy choices.
  • Communication and Language – We teach children the importance of good listening and attention skills which, once secure, will enable them to develop their understanding and speaking skills.

Specific Areas

  • Literacy – We aim to give children a love of reading and a passion for stories. We have adapted Pie Corbet’s ‘Talk for Writing’ for early years. The children learn to retell familiar stories through creating a reading story maps. At the Fairfield Primary School we follow Ruth Miskin’s Read Write Inc. phonics programme, where we will learn all set 1 sounds, and how to blend these sounds to be able to read and write simple sentences.
  • Mathematics - Children will learn to count, recognise and order numbers from 1 to 20 (and beyond). We calculate with single digit numbers and solve problems such as halving, doubling and sharing.
  • Understanding the World – We encourage children to talk about past and present experiences in their own lives and the lives of people who are important to them. We explore the similarities and differences between ourselves, our families, communities and traditions. We have first-hand opportunities to explore and investigate the world around us, including ICT.
  • Expressive and Creative Arts – children will explore a variety of media and materials where they can design, build, construct and create. Children will also develop their imaginative skills and express themselves through experiences in art, music, dance, role-play, imaginative play and ‘story square’.

We are passionate about providing opportunities for children to learn in an outdoor environment and are working very hard as an early year’s team to develop an amazing outdoor learning space.