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Welcome to Reception.

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Our Reception unit, aims 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.


Our classroom has a connected outside area which prompts an exciting, stimulating and enriched environment for the children. 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

  • Sharing texts in Literacy and other subjects

We strongly believe that parents have 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 parent’s views and understand that they are ultimately their child’s first educators. We welcome parents openly into our unit and encourage participation throughout the year.

Observations and assessment:

  • Baseline is carried out in September

  • Tapestry online learning journals throughout the year

  • 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:

Tapestry If you have any problems accessing or using this, please contact Miss Mason or Mrs Rawlins- Found


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?


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.

Water bottles.

Clothing provided for all weathers (sun hat, scream - summer; Hat, gloves, coat - Winter)


PE kit:
We have PE every Wednesday and Friday. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING.


Homework and Reading:

We send this out Friday in their homework Journals or Tapestry and it is due on Wednesday.

Children are expected to practise speed sound (Green book) and read a book with parents. Children will come home with a new library book every Friday for you all to enjoy. Children are learning to read, therefore parents reading with children is vital to develop both their communication and Language skills as well as their Literacy skills in understanding what has been read to them. Children love to predict, look at pictures and talk about what they have heard. So pick up a book and read together. 

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.

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