John Stainer


Our staff in Reception Pink are Sophie Finch supported by Anna Cioffi.  Mark Crabtree does PPA cover on a Monday afternoon. In Reception Aqua we have Liz Sho supported by Devina Cooke. Louise O'Mahony does PPA cover on a Monday afternoon.

Being in our Reception Year means that our children will get a unique start to their education. We ensure that the children have one of the biggest and lasting difference to their primary school education while learning and having fun.

Our curriculum and planning uses the seven areas of development in the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters document. The topics for each term are as follows:


At the start of the Autumn term the children have a settling in period to support their transition. During this time a baseline assessment is made of the children's abilities within the seven areas of learning and development in the EYFS Development Matters document. The children engage in daily phonics, Literacy and Mathematics sessions and are always encouraged to write independently, as well as through adult led activities, so that they have a strong foundation to build on when they transition into Key Stage 1. As a school we encourage dress up days and during this term the children will have been discussing how to help others through the Little Red Hen story learning and dressed up as People Who Help Us.  The children also have the opportunity every term to engage in a cooking activity and this term they made different types of bread.


Christmas time is always celebrated by the Early Years Nativity performance where the children demonstrate their amazing ability to learn all the lines and the songs and give great performances. 





By the beginning of the spring term the children will be continuing their Sounds Write phonics and will also be engaging in one-to-one and group reading. During this term the children also learn about how other cultures celebrate by learning about the festivities around Chinese New Year. The children have an opportunity to learn about the world around them by engaging in role play, growing cress, using the interactive board and computers in their classrooms as well as their own observations made in the outside space. On the run up to Easter they also get the opportunity to watch eggs hatch into chicks.


The Summer term provides another opportunity for the children to dress up - this time as their favourite Traditional Tale character. As the children move towards the end of the term they begin to prepare for their transition into Year 1 by meeting with their new class teachers and beginning to engage in activities similar to those that they will be doing in their new class. The end of term is always celebrated with another concert giving the children another opportunity to demonstrate acting and singing skills. 

Creative activities throughout the year provide the wonderful pieces of work for the many displays in the classroom and each term the Reception classes hold an Open Morning where the parents and any other interested family members are invited to come into the classrooms and look through the children’s books and at their display work with them.

The Reception classes attend many outings throughout the year including trips to museums, theatres, the library and the London Aquarium for which we are very gratefully supported by parent and carer volunteers.