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Primary School


In Reception we have 2 classes based in the Red Kite building.

Butterfly Class Teacher:
Mrs Pursey-Clark

Grasshopper Class Teacher:
Mrs Charles

Grasshopper Class Teacher:
Mrs Reeve


Butterfly Class Teaching Assistant:
Mrs Arthur

Grasshopper Class Teaching Assistant:
Mrs Turney

Reception Teaching Assistant:
Mrs Reynolds 

In Reception we follow the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage document, with your child moving onto the National Curriculum when in Year 1. The key method of learning in the Early Years is through ‘play’. This involves children having the freedom to apply their learned skills through practical, directed and non – directed activities which help to cement their learning. Children are continually immersed into a theme which is based on their interests and help them to develop their knowledge in the seven areas of development:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and Language
  3. Physical Development
  4. Mathematics
  5. Literacy
  6. Understanding the World
  7. Expressive Arts and Design

Within the Early Years, learning occurs both indoors and outdoors. Learning is supported through directed activities which take place in both environments. We believe that a wide range of experiences are vital to developing the learning of the whole child. This is why we do not view the seven areas of development as singular topics, but ones that integrate within each other. This includes outdoor learning as it provides many experiences which indoors cannot accommodate, such as bug hunting, seasonal change and large scale construction. We encourage children to be outside in all weathers to ensure they develop a breath of experience and knowledge throughout their time in the Early Years.

We communicate individual children's learning through the Interactive Learning Diary where school staff and adults at home can all add to the learning experiences of the individual. If you cannot log into this please see one of the Reception team who will be able to help you. 

Website links - 

Phonics play to support phonic learning.

Oxford Owl to support reading skills

Oxford owl for online maths activities

 Topmarks for online Maths games

Crickweb for online EYFS activities



At the end of the Reception year, children are assessed in relation to ‘Early Learning Goals’ and are given a judgement as to whether they are ‘meeting the expected levels of development’, ‘exceeding the expected levels’ or ‘not yet reaching the expected levels’ (‘emerging’)’. It is important for you to see these early learning goals so that you know what the national expectations for children at the end of Reception are in each area of learning. If your child is exceeding these goals then the National Curriculum for Year 1 is used to ensure they are being challenged at the appropriate level. Below is a link to government exemplification materials for each of the early learning goals. The aim is not just that children reach these expected goals but that they are given the opportunities to exceed them.

Exemplification Material for ELG