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Year Reception

Mrs Cook (RB) is supported by Mrs Martini and Mrs Orwell (RY) is supported by Mrs Harvey. Miss Corsan is a trainee teacher based in RY. Other adults who support across the year group are Ms Miranda, Mrs Duncan and Ms Yee.


At St. Helen’s we are committed to developing the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that we cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

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Supporting Learning at Home

We recognise the extremely important role that parents play in their child’s education. We want to work in partnership to help parents develop their skills supporting their child’s learning at home. If parents would like any support with developing home learning please see Miss Stack or Mrs Hawes.

Each week we change the children’s home reading books. The green reading journal should be filled in at least once a week by the parent. Please read a variety of books with your child as often as possible.

Homework will be given out on a Monday each week and must be returned by Friday to your child’s class teacher.

Please click  here for the PowerPoint from our Parent Support Sessions on Reading

Reception Expectations

The children in Reception are assessed against the Development Matters Age Bands throughout the year across all Areas of Learning. Children enter Reception at 4 years old (48 months at least) and therefore they are expected to start the year as secure within the 30-50 month band or beginning in the 40-60 month age band.


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Expected at the Early Learning Goal
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To achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception is classed as at the Age Related Expectation


At the end of the year children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Click here to view the Early Learning Goals for all Areas of Learning.

Children are given targets/ next steps to move their learning forward from the Development Matters Framework. Click here to view the Development Matters Framework.

News and Photos

Endangered Animals
In reception we are learning about endangered animals as part of our citizenship focus. We have learnt that some animals are in danger due to the impact of humans.

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Maths fruit kebabs
Reception have been identifying more and less than. The teachers set up the math's table with marshmallows and strawberries so they children could make a fruit kebab with 2 marshmallows and 1 strawberry. However, the teachers give the children too many marshmallows and fewer strawberries.
The reception children were quick to tell us that there were too many and not enough.

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Toasting marshmallows 
Our forest schools activity was to toast marshmallows over a campfire. This was exciting for the reception children as it was a new adventure. The children took it very seriously listening to all the instructions. Once their yummy marshmallow was toasted they enjoyed eating it describing it as soft as it melted.

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Learning through play in Reception

As part of our Foundation stage curriculum, the children are encouraged to be independent learners. The reception environment inspires the children to make their own choices and enables them to demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning.

Playing and exploring
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go.’
Active learning
Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically
Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things




Please click here to see Reception 2019 Admissions presentation.

Useful Links

These are websites that are useful for developing children’s skills in Reception to complement their learning in school.

English Links

Teach Handwriting
Description: Lots of fantastic videos and work sheets to support letter formation.

Phonics play
Description: This website is packed with games and activities to support your child's learning in Phonics.

Maths Links

ICT Maths games

ICT games
Description: A selection of fun games to support mathematical/literacy/science skills.