Otters (Reception) 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Reception


What a truly fantastic morning we have all had. I was so pleased to see how happy and excited all the children were coming into class today. We have had lots of fun exploring our new classroom, friends and activities. We even found a baby frog and a ladybird in our garden area! I have uploaded some photos in the gallery (Our first day!)

I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow. 

Mrs Allen


Click on the link below to watch our welcome to Otters video

Welcome to Otters video

Welcome to Autumn Term. We start the school year with an exciting whole school topic 'What a Waste' by Jess French. In Reception Class we will be focusing initially on recycling. We will explore a range of exciting books linked to this as they interweave through all aspects of our curriculum.


Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a distinct key stage which extends from birth to 5 years old. The EYFS is organised into four equally important inter-related principles; a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments, learning and development. 

The Learning and Development principle is subdivided into seven areas of learning.

The Prime Areas are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Communication & Language; Physical Development.

The specific Areas: are Mathematics, Literacy, Understanding the World; Expressive Arts and Design.

In Reception we learn through a range of teacher-led and child-initiated activities which take place both inside and outside the classroom. Our main priority is to ensure we build positive relationships with the children so that they feel supported as well as become independent learners.

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Reading is at the heart of reception. Children learn to read in a story-rich environment.  We share books every day and learn about the world through a range of fiction and non-fiction books. Books are also within the different areas of the continuous provision to engage children's curiosity and imagination.


We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Phonic sessions will be taught daily. Click on the alphablocks image for series one on BBC iplayer.



Number fluidity is a key area in the EYFS Curriculum. We teach children different ways they can find, count, order and write the numbers in and around their environment. Click on the Numberblocks image for series one on BBC iplayer. 



Our class Padlet page is an additional source of useful information. Use the icon below to access it (you will need the password sent to you previously)



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