Welcome to Reception.

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In Reception we aim for all children to become independent, motivated and engaged learners. We hope for every child to be a confident learner who loves and enjoys learning new things.

Within our stimulating, exciting and enriched learning environment we provide resources and opportunities to promote a love of learning. It is split into different areas of learning with a variety of resources in each, to help give children different learning experiences. They can use these experiences to help build on existing and new concepts to extend their knowledge and understanding, with effective scaffolding from the staff.

We follow the EYFS curriculum which is play-based learning which enables the foundation team to promote a balanced (CIL) Child-initiated and adult-led learning timetable whilst enhancing exploratory and first-hand experiences. This gives children the opportunity to choose from a range of activities to enhance their own learning and challenge themselves both inside and outside, focusing on 7 different areas of the curriculum.


Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional development
Communication and language development
Physical development


These areas are the most important to embed and develop first in the young mind of our children to develop their social skills, communication, language, independence and love of learning.

We value every child as a unique individual and plan our curriculum on the children’s interests. We believe very much in providing the children with first-hand, real life experiences to enrich their learning and to make it purposeful. We cater for all children’s needs and plan extra support and intervention for any child who may need it. We value the importance of outdoor learning


Specific Areas

Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design


Shared Daily Activities

Phonics, maths and sessions relating to our topic we are learning about at that time.


Importance of fostering a love of reading

We teach reading through:

  • Read Write Inc phonics scheme

  • Hearing your child read individually

  • Sharing texts in Literacy and other subjects


We strongly believe that parents make an invaluable contribution towards their own child’s learning. We like to develop and foster good relationships with our parents to ensure that children achieve their very best and reach their full potential. We value parents’ views and understand that they are ultimately their child’s first educators. We welcome parents openly into our setting and encourage participation throughout the year.


Observations and Assessment

Baseline carried out in September
Tapestry online learning journals
EYFS profile at the end of the year


Tapestry is an online journal recording all the learning and fun of children’s early years education. To access your child’s learning journey please click the below link:



Any problems please contact Miss Venters.

How can you support your child?

  • Home-school agreement

  • Reading with your child

  • Completing homework

  • Accessing and contributing to Tapestry at home


What do I need to remember to bring in?

Reading folders – In school every day
Remember to put your child’s reading books into their book bag, ensuring there has been a comment left in their reading journal. These need to be placed in to the baskets each morning.

PE kit
Reception have PE on a Thursday and Friday each week. We suggest PE kits are brought in to school on a Monday and kept in school each week. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit and all items are named.


Homework books are given out each Friday and due in the following Tuesday. We aim to make our homework tasks exciting and engaging by making them open ended meaning you can complete them in whichever way you like.

Reception Events

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Curriculum Information

At Winyates our Reception team are very excited to be teaching your children the early stages of reading and writing in a fun and stimulating approach. We follow an enriched scheme called Read Write Inc as our daily phonic sessions. Here is the link to help you support your child in Reading and Writing including demonstrations on how to pronounce the speed sounds in a pure way.

Read, Write, Inc.

WOW Writing!

You can help your child to develop their writing with a variety of fun activities. Your child to become a successful writer they need to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Here are some ideas to support their fine motor activities at home:

Some more ideas:

  • Using large paintbrushes and water outside on the ground.

  • Using fingers in shaving foam or paint. (Can get a little messy, so don’t forget an apron!)

  • Writing using different tools eg chalk, pastel, crayons, pencils, pens.

  • Using playdough and squeezy soft balls- this will help to develop strength in the hands.

  • Using tools and scissors- this will help to develop control and strengthen the fingers.

  • Using giant tweezers and pegs – this will help to develop the pincer grip to hold a pencil

  • monkey bars- this will help to develop upper body strength.


Cursive Writing

In reception and throughout the school we promote cursive writing. Children in Reception will be learning how to write their letters using the Read, Write, Inc rhymes.