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Welcome the Reception - Early Years Foundation Stage

Mrs Cullum - Copenhagen Class

Mrs King - Beijing Class (Mon)

Mrs Beattie - Beijing Class (Tues-Fri)

In Early Years we have created a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which the children can develop as unique individuals and where they develop emotional, social and academic skills needed to become independent, motivated learners and responsible members of the community.

Learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom. We also have a Forest School site where the children develop their awareness of nature, the environment and skills such as collaboration and enquiry.

The Early Years curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the youngest children in our school. Delivery of the curriculum is led through adult-led activities that introduce new skills and extend learning. There are also planned purposeful play opportunities and enhancement of provision, where adults observe and intervene with higher ordering questioning and engagement to extend the learning taking place.

Communication with parents is a strength in Early Years. We communicate with the parents on a daily basis and use an online platform called ‘Interactive Learning Diary’ which enables us to inform parents of their child’s weekly learning through observations, photos and videos. It also allows the parents to contribute to their child’s learning as we are all instrumental in ensuring that our children’s development is outstanding.

Spring Term Learning

In Communication, Language and Literacy the children will:

  • Extend vocabulary through the topics and using these in our conversations. For example, icicle, translucent, polar, savannah, etc.
  • Continue to use ‘talk partners’ to develop speaking and listening skills.
  • Use sentence stems to promote correct sentence structure.
  • Develop social phrases such as ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’.
  • Develop language through play, for example, re-enacting stories

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the children will:

  • Discuss the different factors that support their overall health and well-being.
  • Further develop skills needed to manage the school day successfully - lining up/queuing/personal hygiene, etc.
  • Talk about our own home and community.
  • Continue to develop positive attitudes about the differences between people.

In Physical Development the children will: 

  • Continue to develop overall body strength, coordination, balance and agility through outdoor play as well as specific PE sessions using large apparatus
  • Introduction to games
  • Develop the foundations of a handwriting style which is fast, accurate and efficient.

In Literacy the children will:

  • Read a few common exception words matched to the school’s phonic programme.
  • Re-read books to build up their confidence in word reading, their fluency and their understanding and enjoyment.
  • Blend sounds into words – phase 3, digraphs and trigraphs.
  • Read simple sentences containing taught graphemes.
  • Write words containing taught graphemes.
  • Enjoy an increasing range of non-fiction books – Polar animals/staying healthy.

In Maths the children will:

  • Investigate 2d shapes.
  • Subitise.
  • Compare quantities and the language of ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’ and ‘equal number’.
  • Number composition to 5 – parts and whole.
  • Counting, ordinality and cardinality- explore verbal counting to larger numbers.

In Understanding the World the children will: 

  • Make maps.
  • Compare and contrast different environments and how they might differ to the local area.
  • Learn about Chinese New Year.
  • Explore Easter traditions.

In Expressive Arts and Design the children will:

  • Experiment with different textures - looking at art from around the world/ snowflakes.
  • Explore colour and effects.
  • Respond to music - Call and Response' focusing on soloists and texture, then after half term we will move onto 'All about me' looking at dynamics using singing and classroom instruments..
  • Participate in imaginative play in the outdoor area.



General Information

  • Your child should read or be read to for 10 minutes every day. Please talk to your child about the book and check their understanding by asking questions about events and the characters’ actions. Please also explain new or unfamiliar vocabulary. Their bookbag should come to school every day. 
  • Your child will have PE on Mondays or Fridays. Their PE kit should stay in school in a named draw-string bag.
  • Your child needs to bring in a named water bottle every day.
  • It is getting colder so remember appropriate outdoor clothing. Please name all items of clothing. Thank you.
  • We are a Healthy School. Please do not put sweets or chocolate bars in your child’s packed lunch. Please do not send in sweets or other treats when it is your child’s birthday. If you want to celebrate your child’s birthday with their classmates, you could buy the class a book, send in a healthy snack such as boxes of raisins or buy stationery such as pencils, but due to the impact on the environment, we ask you not to send in plastic toys.
  • The weekly 50p donation that purchases snacks and other miscellaneous items is collected on a Friday morning. You are welcome to pay weekly, half-termly or termly. Thank you.
  • If your child is absent from school, please contact the school office: 020 8850 5486 and leave a message detailing why your child is absent. If your child has had an upset stomach, they should remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours. Please try to book medical appointments outside the school day and note that family holidays will not be authorised.
  • If you have any questions or wish to raise a concern, please contact the class teacher in the first instance. Please use the email addresses above. 

Diary Dates

Please note the following events and add them to your diary:

  • Friday 2nd February - NSPCC Number Day
  • Monday 5th to Sunday 11th February - Children's Mental Health Week
  • Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day
  • Monday 12th to Friday 16th February - Half-term break
  • Friday 1st March - trip to the National Gallery
  • Tuesday 5th March - Science workshops 
  • Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
  • Friday 8th March - International Women's Day
  • Monday 25th March – Open Evening 1
  • Wednesday 27th March - visit by the Vicar - Easter Story
  • Wednesday 27th March – Open Evening 2
  • Thursday 28th March - last day of term - school closes at the usual time