We provide a safe, accessible, stimulating environment that celebrates our children as individual learners. Our Early years curriculum is driven by our children's interests and needs.  We encourage all pupils to contribute to daily planning sessions and provide them with the inspiration and skills they need to pose questions whichs enable them to further their own learning experiences. Pupil voice is very powerful and we are keen to promote independence, critical thinking and collaboration.


Our daily routines involve large and small group times, that are matched to the developmental needs of the children.  We have a daily session of adult led maths learning which follows the Maths Mastery approach and a session of Read, Write Inc. to teach phonics, language and literacy. In the afternoon sessions we deliver the Learning Challenge Approach which is directly linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters. This begins with an adult led WOW! moment designed to inspire and ignite the children's interest and imagination.Children also direct their own learning through "Lets Make a Plan" and adult led activities are also available to support children in moving their learning forward. Daily enhancements linked to the topic are made in all areas of continuous provision throughout the setting; indoor and outdoor. Children are to share their outcomes with their peers and think about what parts of their plan worked well and how they can improve and extend this next time.

Introducing the children to the magic of reading is a high priority and to support this we have two interactive story time opportunities per day linked to that day's learning.

Healthy snacks and drinks are provided as part of our routine.  A free lunch is available for all children under the age of 7.


We are currently working on some exciting developments and opportunities within our large outdoor classroom area. This includes our purpose build learning house carefully stocked with a variety of resources to encourage independent learning and exploration. It also features a projector which enables the children to become fully immersed in role play situations.

In addition to this the children have access to a large outdoor sand area, story area, vegetable patch, water play, bikes and large scale maths and construction equipment.


Children are observed engaged in their own learning daily. This evidence is collated into a Learning Journey and this is used to document children's progress towards their Early Learning Goals. 

Assessment/observation by adults provides essential information for future planning to ensure children's good progress.  Reports share children's level of development as well as examples of their preferred characteristics of learning.

Parents and Carers   

Parents and Carers are actively encouraged to support and contribute to their child's learning through daily practise of phonic sounds and key words. 


Reception newsletter


Friday 12th October 2018





We've had a busy few weeks in Reception. We have continued with our dinosaur work and also begun our work on autumn!











It has been an exciting week for the children as they explored their learning environment and learned how things work at big school! We are very proud of the way the children have settled into their new routines and how enthusiastic they are to start their new learning.

Here are some pictures of the children enjoying their first week!



 Welcome Back!


Our new topic for this term is 'Animals'.




July 2018

We have been busy measuring! We have found things outside which are more and less than a metre in length or height.


We have compared the lengths and heights of animals and chosen the shortest and tallest.



We have enjoyed 'Rosie's Walk'. We made story maps to help us learn the story, and retold it using actions. We have sequenced pictures and written sentences to accompany them using our 'Fred Talk' and have also described what is happening in a picture from the book. We have enjoyed creating art work of Rosie and the fox. We are currently imagining what the two characters might be saying to each other, and are writing our ideas in speech bubbles.


June 2018

We worked in groups making large clocks outside, and then used our clocks to make times. Afterwards we each made a model clock of our own.



We have thought about the different ways we can sort animals into groups.



We've been busy painting animals.



And using non-fiction books to find out more about them!




We have made models of 2D shapes.



We have also been busy getting ready for Sports Day!





May 2018


We have been problem solving! Can you make a spider's web for our friendly toy spider using only card, string, scissors and glue? 




We have been painting, colouring and creating different minibeasts....




We've been developing our PE skills outside on the field, and working together as a team!




April 2018

We are looking after stick insects!



We spent time looking really carefully for them. Once we spotted them, we looked closely to see if they moved. We discussed how we might look after them. Here are some of our observations and questions so far...

How can we take care of them?

"Make them a home." ~ Flo

"Wood, you can make them a real house so they can't escape." ~ Joe

"Give them plants and food and make sure they can breathe." ~ Bobby

"Maybe we could make it [a home] out of Lego." ~ Theo

"We need to put them in a bucket so they can jump high but put a lid on it." ~ Lucas

"Feed them and a drink. They eat or be hungry." ~ Ben


Theo had a super question. "Do they hide when something wants to eat them?" 


So far we have learnt about ladybirds and snails.

We made model ladybirds, and have been practising our doubling skills with their spots!



We learnt about Henri Matisse and looked at his work called 'The Snail'. We have made our own pieces of spiral snail shell art work.



On our first day back we went on a Spring hunt...


We have been weeding the garden ready to plant our broad bean plants. We are looking forward to growing different vegetables this term. 


March 2018


We really enjoyed Beeeee Active for Sport Relief on Friday 23rd March.





We had our first Celebration Assembly on Thursday 22nd. The children told 'Jasper's Beanstalk' fantastically and it was great to share our learning from this term!


We have been learning about Mother's Day.

Thank you for coming to see us on Friday 9th for our Mother's Day assembly and classroom activities!



We really enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day!


Our learning for the day was all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We made pictograms showing the foods and how much of each one the caterpillar eats in the story.


We wrote lists of the food he had eaten. The next day we each wrote sentences, and included time words to help sequence the order in which the caterpillar eats the different foods.


We had a fantastic day!




February 2018

Finding out the best loud and quiet sounds different instruments make so we can wake a bear up from hibernation.


Painting birds for a winter display



Roleplay in a winter cafe


Working together building a warm winter house




Learning new games in PE.