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Witton Gilbert Primary School

The Early Years Foundation Stage-RECEPTION


Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances.

A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


Class teacher – Mrs Quiney

Also supporting learning in Reception – Mr Hunter

PPA cover led by Mrs Bailey


We are always busy in Reception! The children in Reception learn through cross-curricular themes that are designed to follow the children’s interests and challenge each child to progress onto their next steps.

Play is the cornerstone of our Foundation Stage curriculum. Through supervised play children are encouraged to explore, develop, imagine and investigate their surroundings in order to start to understand the world around them. Practical experiences are incredibly valuable and appropriate at this stage of learning. Play provides important opportunities for learning in many ways; observation, exploration, discovery and communication. These opportunities are developed through both indoor and outdoor activities.

We are passionate about developing the children’s love of books and stories so we do place an emphasis on the children developing a positive relationship with literature. Our maths and literacy lessons blend fun, engaging games with formal activities, providing the children with a firm basis of understanding on which to build their later knowledge. We have regular Read Write Inc sessions, and within that time we aim to hear the children read individually as the combination of these activities is the key to ensuring that children learn to read quickly and with confidence.

Teaching in Reception is an absolute pleasure, laying the building blocks for a smooth transition into Year 1 and it is a joy to watch our young children develop into happy, confident children who feel set to succeed on their journey through school.


EYFS Downloads

We hope you’ll find the documents below useful at home. Should you require any advice as to how they can be used, please do not hesitate to ask. We’d also love to know if there is anything you’d like us to add to this (or any other) section of the website.

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

You can view or download the EYFS Framework by clicking the link below:

statutory framework eyfs document.pdf

Reception Class Suggestion.docx



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Read all about it! Reception Class Blog

We are sensational! The Reception class blog.

Conkers Bonkers!

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Keep your eyes peeled for conkers.... we are on a mission to collect as many conkers for our class. We like conkers of all sizes! Enjoy spending precious leisure time with people that make us happy, making memories and sharing joy.

A wonderful start to Reception life!

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What a wonderful first week we have had in Reception. We have been learning all the names of our friends and we have been singing a special song about our fabulous names. We are great at being explorers, checking out all the resources in our setting and remembering how to look after all of our special things. We are working hard at listening and not interrupting during carpet time and only need little reminders!!!

Robot Buddy Extravaganza!

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Reception and Year 3 have had three fantastic sessions of creative robot work. We all had the chance to take part in a carousel of activities. Starting off one of our days with some amazing robot dancing to get us all energized! We created giant robot junk art, made mechanical robot hands, had the opportunity to become a robot and be guided by our buddy around an obstacle course whilst being blindfolded and we used programming on the iPads. We love working with our buddies. It brings out the caring side in all of us. The Year 3's were a brilliant support and Reception got fully involved with all the challenges. This was a great way to cement our friendships  so that we can carry on all the good work we do together for the rest of our time at Witton.

Mrs Hodgson!!!!!

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We were so so excited to find out that our new Year One teacher is going to be Mrs Hodgson! All of Reception squealed with delight when it was announced! We have spent lots of time with her already as she occasionally comes down to our class to say hello and is always interested in what we are learning about. What an exciting year we have ahead of us!

Fun in the sun!

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We have ALL had the most amazing morning working with our  buddies and house group friends. We all took part in the annual non-competitive sports morning which was all co ordinated by our year 6 friends. The sun shone and we cheered each other on and won lots of house points for our teams!

Looking forward to our re arranged Sports Day tomorrow, let's hope the weather stays good!