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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery


Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception, your first year of full-time school! Mrs Spendlove is your class teacher and Mrs Bailey is your teaching assistant and midday supervisor.


Starting full time school in Reception can be a big change, but we try hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. In the autumn term we work with the support and guidance of an adult and we focus on developing the core areas of communication and language, physical development and personal and social education. This will be through topics children are familiar with, for example ‘family’ and ‘people who help us’.


As children get older and are more used to the routines of the day, we introduce more whole class and small group literacy and maths activities alongside topic activities. However, it is still very important that the children have time each morning and afternoon for self-initiated activities in which to play and practice their skills and to follow their own interests.


Throughout the year we maintain electronic Learning Journals for each child in which we record their achievements and interests in the form of photos, observational notes and examples of work. These Learning Journals then help us to make assessments against the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception year. Parents have access to these via an online app and can add their own comments and observations.


Topics vary during the year, according to the children’s interests, however we tend to cover seasonal changes and celebrations every year such as autumn, Fireworks night, Diwali, Christmas, winter, spring, Easter etc.


There’s lots to learn during Reception, but we have fun doing it!

Mrs Spendlove
Mrs Bailey

Reception Curriculum Map Autumn 2020

WC: 21.9.20 LI: To discuss our families

This week in Reception we have been talking about our families. We shared photos of our families and discussed them with our friends. We made pictures and books about our families and worked hard to label our drawings. We also talked about how families are all different from each other.

WC: 14.9.20 LI: To learn about our senses

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This week in Reception we have been learning about our senses! We have learnt a poem about looking in the mirror and worked hard to remember the words and actions. We hope that you enjoy our performance!

WC: 7.9.20 LI: To paint a self portrait

This week Reception have been very busy settling into their new classroom and making new friends! One of our activities this week has been painting self portraits. We looked carefully at our reflections and worked hard to make the paintings look like us!