Early Years - School Day in Reception

Daily Routine
  • 8.3Oam - Arrival and Self registration
  • 8.45am - Mathematics/Literacy
  • 10.30am - Play time
  • 10.45am - Mathematics/Literacy
  • 11.45am - Lunch and Play time
  • 12.45pm - Clever Hands – fine motor activities and Handwriting
  • 1:10pm - Child-Initiated Activities (CIA) and Individual reading
  • 3.30pm - Review of the day/Story time
  • 3.45pm - Home time
The Reception classes are located in ‘The Oaks’ building. Whilst most of their learning takes place within classrooms and enclosed outside areas, children also have access to the school’s facilities. Reception children join Pre-Reception at lunchtime where they eat together in the Wise Hall. The Reception staff sit with the children to eat their lunch.
In Reception the day becomes more structured, but is still very much based on each child’s individual needs. Children will start on the school reading scheme (Autumn Term) and will also begin to bring home spellings (Spring Term) when they are ready.
We take every opportunity to reinforce positive work and behaviour. Stickers are given on a daily basis to encourage the children. For excellent academic work children can receive ‘Outstanding Achievement’ certificates that are presented to them by Mrs Hopson-Hill (Head Teacher) during EYFS assembly on Friday mornings. For outstanding good behaviour, manners and consideration to others, children can appear in the ‘Golden Book’ and receive a certificate.  When they have been in the book four times they will gain an achievement card and appear in the newsletter. Children in the Reception class will also have opportunities to visit Pre-Reception as well as joining Key Stage 1 on occasion. This provides plenty of opportunities for Reception to get to meet and know other staff within the school.
In addition to the Early Years Foundation Stage provision, French, music and PE are taught by specialist teachers. This in turn fosters a seamless transition from Reception and then on to Key Stage 1.
The Early Years' team teaches children by ensuring challenging, playful opportunities across all areas of learning and development.
"Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships." (Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum 2012)