If you visit Orange and Blue Classes you will see children who are purposeful, calm, confident and independent.  You will see adults who move to where the children are engaged and interact with them as they play.  You will see an environment that is equipped to meet the needs, interests and stages of development of each child.  You will see children making fantastic progress.


In Reception we do not plan ahead, we remain ‘in the moment’ with the children as they explore and learn.  We observe carefully and learning is enhance when we spot a ‘teachable moment’.  We record out interactions and observations afterwards.

In Reception your child will learn through a ‘workshop’ style environment.  This means that out tables will be empty at the start of the day but children may access all the resources in that area.  This encourages children to become independent and make choices about their learning.  Research has shown that children’s brains are ‘lit up’ and learning is taking place when they are fully engaged in an activity of their choice. 

At the start of the day, the children stay in their classroom (either Blue or Orange) until the registers have been completed, then they have free access to the Areas of Provision across both classrooms, under the canopy and outside.  Outside learning is just as valuable as that which takes place inside.

Our Areas of Provision include the following:

  • Small World – imaginative play using characters, vehicles, animals, natural materials, buildings and different environments
  • Book Area – looking and books, sharing stories, using puppets to make up and retell stories
  • Construction Areas – using different blocks, bricks and construction sets to build, explore mathematical properties and investigate different ways of fitting things together.
  • Snack Areas - learning to pour independently and select fruits or vegetables
  • Cooking and Playdough Area – learning to weigh and follow recipes, cutting, rolling, shaping.  Using tools safely.
  • Creative Area – painting, printing, glueing, joining, cutting, drawing, making 3D pictures and objects
  • Writing Area – writing, mark making, drawing
  • Investigative Area – insects, mirrors, magnets, lenses, exploring.
  • Fine Motor Area – threading, picking up things with tweezers, manipulating
  • Role Play Area – pretend play developing use of language, copying what adults do at home and in different scenarios, communicating and learning to interact socially with others.


The children can access most of these areas inside and outside.Some are specific to outside:


  • Water Area – Pouring, filling, emptying and learning mathematical vocabulary.
  • Sand Area – filling, using tools, investigating and talking about different properties.
  • Music Area – performing, singing, dancing, using instruments
  • Physical Area – learning to be safe, climbing frame and balance equipment, range of equipment eg.balls, bats, beanbags
  • Bike Area – pedalling, steering, using muscles, avoiding obstacles.


Whole Class sessions are built into each day where Blue and Orange Class separate and meet for specific learning time.


  • Phonics – children will learn to recognise letters by name and sound, read and spell small words and learn to read high frequency words.
  • Handwriting – children will be taught to hold and use a pencil correctly, practicing handwriting patterns then letter shapes using the cursive style.
  • Maths/Literacy - children will be taught about reading, writing, rhyming, counting, number recognition, shapes etc.
  • PE- Orange Class will have a session on Tuesday mornings and Blue Class on Thursday mornings.  The children will take part in a range of activities such as dance, games and gymnastics, but not necessarily each week.  Please leave PE kit in school all week.


Each Friday, the children will bring home a piece of homework, which needs to be handed in on a Wednesday.

Library books are also changed on a Friday.


Please make sure that everything your child wears and brings into school has their name on it.It makes locating lost items much easier.


Soon you will be invited to talk to Mrs Quinnan, Miss Hawes or Mrs Peters about the progress your child is making at school.We value the knowledge and understanding that you have of your child at home and will be asking you to contribute to our plans.We have specific children that we will be focussing on each week.Look out for the letter telling you when it is your child’s turn to be our focus child for the week. Following that week, you will be invited to chat to us about what we have found out after observing your child closely.


We hope that this information is helpful to you.If you have any questions about Reception, please do not hesitate to ask Mrs Quinnan, Mrs Peters or Miss Hawes.