Early Years Foundation Stage 2021 - 2022

Mrs McCarroll

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Hello and welcome to our Reception Stage website.

Welcome to the Reception dream team! We hope you have stayed happy and heathy over the past year. We are so excited to welcome you into our school to begin your incredible journey. Over the first few weeks of term we will be getting to know each other, making new friends as well as finding out about the things we like to do and enjoy our new school! You will be able to explore your thoughts and ideas as well as the world around you.

You Reception team this year consists of 2 members of staff who work together to ensure that our children are happy, safe and love coming to school to learn. They are:

Mrs McCarroll

Miss Lofthouse

Early Years Foundation stage consists of:

Our Nursery class of three and four year olds – Each child Is assigned a key person who works hard to build strong and supportive relationships with the children and their parents/carers.

Our Reception Class of four and five year olds – The class teacher is Mrs McCarroll who is supported by a fantastic team who help to ensure that your children become confident and independent learners.

Everything we do to help the children to learn and develop is based on The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and is broken down into 3 Prime areas and 4 Specific.


Prime areas of learning and development-


Communication and language


Personal, social and emotional

Specific areas of learning and development-




Understanding the world

Expressive arts and design

We plan activities and topics based on the children's interests, as we believe that children learn best when they are motivated and fully engaged. We feel that it is imperative to empower the children by asking them what they would like to learn and how they would like to do it. We work hard to ensure the children are confident and independent learners that take an active role in their own education.

We also value the partnership between school and home and throughout the year parents/carers will be invited to stay and play sessions, key worker catch- ups, parent's evenings and parent panels.

Please remember this important message- If you are ever unsure or concerned about something (however small or big you think it is) please come and chat to us about it. If you think your child may be unhappy or worried about something, please let us know. Your child's happiness, safety, learning and development is our priority. Let's work together to make sure they have the very best start in life...

Some information for Reception:

Uniform: We expect all children to wear school uniform. Please ensure all items of uniform are labelled including coats, shoes and PE Pumps, book bags etc.

PE: - Drawstring pump bag/labelled, pull on/Velcro black pumps, navy, white or black shorts, white T-shirt.PE will be on Monday and Wednesday. P.E. kit can be taken home to be washed half termly. Please bring in a water bottle that your child can identify which can be filled with fresh water every day.

Homework will be sent home on Fridays and is due in by Wednesday. There will be a phonics task that is linked to our RWI phonics lessons and a learning log task linked to our focus of that week.

Please read with your child as often as possible, children should be reading at home daily when possible – but a minimum of 3x a week. Reading diaries will  be checked twice a week. Please write a comment in the yellow diary eg. Did they enjoy it? How well are they blending? Could they retell the story? Could they discuss the character’s behaviour? The more practice your child gets, the quicker your child will become fluent. We will change your child’s reading book once a week and we will read with them at least once a week. Please keep the reading book and yellow reading diary in their book bag and send it in every day.

Late arrivals: Children who arrive after 9:00am are considered late for school. All late arrivals should use the main entrance and will be requested to sign the late book. Parents of children who are frequently late will be requested to meet with the Headteacher to discuss the problem. The number of late arrivals will be monitored and entered on the child’s school report at the end of the academic year.

Absence: Parents are asked to phone the school office if their child is absent and the reason for the absence. If parents do not let the school know the reason for the absence on the first day then the secretary will phone to ensure there are no problems.

Medicines: Requests for medicine to be administered in school must be made to the school office. This relates ONLY to prescribed medicines. They should be handed in to the school office with clear written instructions on their administration to the child. Antibiotics will be stored in the fridge until the end of the day. The fact that the medicine has been administered will be recorded in the medicine log book. Asthma Inhalers are kept in the classroom where the children can obtain them easily.

Ways to help at home-

Read as much as you can- from stories, to magazines, to menus in restaurants! Encourage the children to read to you at night and get them to use the pictures as prompts. Ask ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions to extend their thinking. Ask them what letters they recognise and encourage them to ‘Fred talk’. Don’t forget to sign and write a short comment in their reading diary so that we know they have read.

Talk as much as you can! Question why things happen and how things work. Have discussions about all things big and small- from ‘what do you fancy for tea?’ to ‘why do you think fish can’t live on land?’ Share feelings, thoughts and opinions.

Provide lots of opportunities to work on number. Count often and in informal contexts i.e. count as you walk up the stairs or counting fruit in the bowl etc. Pose practical problems i.e. how many plates will we need out for dinner? Can you please share those sweets out equally between you brother? Etc.

Encourage independence when possible. I have two young children and often find myself doing things I know they are capable of! I know our time is sometimes limited but please encourage your children to be as independent as possible i.e. getting dressed in the morning, putting their shoes on, helping to do jobs around the house or helping to make dinner.

Please don’t forget to send a water bottle in with your child. These can be topped up throughout the week, as we place a great deal of importance on children having continual access to drinking water.

If you ever have any questions about what we do here at school please feel free to ask, as we believe that when home and school work closely great things can be achieved.

And finaly what to Expect When...

An amazing booklet that parents can use to help understand what children should be able to do depending on their age. It also has tips to support learning. 

Download it here:

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