Otters (Reception) 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Reception

This term the whole school will be using the umbrella text ‘Maybe’ by Kobi Yamada, a story about the endless potential in all of us.

Alongside this book, we will use key texts that relate to significant people who have made a difference to the world. Otters will initially start the term by looking at space, as we travel back to the first moon landing with Neil Armstrong. We will along move forward through time as we explore space and space travel looking at the more recent astronauts such as Tim Peake. We will think about the difference we could make through own aspirations for the future.

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 the episodes 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 alongside regular daily counting activities. We also introduce the children to Numicon counting aids. We will learn about subitizing, this means knowing a number of dots represent a numeral without counting them. The Numberblocks series on BBC iplayer supports our focus number or math theme. Please click on the image below if you would like to access these at home.  We supplement our maths lesson using White Rose Maths in Reception. 





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