Welcome to Reception Class (RCW)

In our EYFS Unit we learn through fun-filled, hands on activities and experiences.

Our themes for learning are decided in conjunction with the children and their interests and other exciting, seasonal events. This  helps to inspire and develop enthusiasm for learning. We aim to create a caring and supportive environment which stimulates our children to achieve their full potential.

We have lots of wonderful spaces for the children to explore and learn in. In addition to our three indoor classrooms we have a large dedicated outdoor area, a smaller garden area, sensroy room and a brand new woodland play space! We encourage the children to develop independence during their time with us. Our resources are all kept within easy-access for our children to explore and then put away again at the end of the session. We also make full use of the learning spaces available to the whole school including the Green Room for our weekly music and yoga sessions and the main school hall for our PE sessions and Worship.

The Reception Year marks the end of your child's time in EYFS. It is a busy year when your child develops academically in preperation for Year One. We place a great deal of emphasis on developing early writing, reading and number skills. We value the support with recieve from our parents in supporting their children with these key life skills. All of our children bring home a reading book each night and additional activities to support the development of their number and phonics skills. We support parents with workshops and communication via 'Class Dojo' so that our children have the maximum opportunity to reach their full potiential. 

Parents are kept up-to-date with thier child's progress through our online learning journey 'Tapestry'. We regualrtly post observations, photographs and videos of your child in this safe, online forum so that you can enjoy your child's learning journey with them. 

Our reception class love to get out into the community and make the most of our lovely village. We visit the village library on a weekly basis for a storytime session and attend the church coffee mornings. We also welcome visitors to school to further enhance our childrens learning experiences. 

We are looking forward to sharing our exciting activities with parents through observations on Tapestry. 


Meet the team:

We are incredibly lucky to have a number of staff working in the reception team. All staff have qualifications specifically in Early Years in order to provide the best possible start for your child at Chestnut Street. 

Mrs Cook: EYFS leader and class teacher on Monday's, Tuesday's and Friday's.

Mrs Walton: class teacher on Wednesday's and Thursday's.

Mrs Biglands: our full-time teaching assistant.

Mrs Dunn: works mornings in reception and also works as a mid-day supervisor as a friendly face for our reception children!

Mrs Courtney and Mrs Moore, who work in Little Conker's pre-school, will also be familiar faces in the reception class.


What is happening this term?

Our value this term is RESPECT. This is a key value to begin the new school year and helps set the tone for the year ahead. Respect for each other, our toys, our belonging, adults and, as a church school, respect for God. We will be asking families to support us  when we send out our termly 'value cards'. This gives you the opportunity to share times when your child has shown our value at home. 


Our main aim this term is for your child to make the best possible start to school and for us to build positive, trusting relationships with your children. We know that happy children learn best! We have planned some exciting themes to engage your child during their first term. They include:

Week One: All about me! Including a trip to the village opticians (linked to aspirations week)

Week Two: All about my family and friends!

Week Three: Pets (including a visit from Chester the school rabbit)

Week Four: Colours

Week Five-Seven: Autumn and Harvest (including our Harvest festival).


Please follow us via the Class Do-Jo for regular updates, photos and much more!






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