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Welcome to Reception!

Expectations of the Provision

  • Learning Choices (within class) or Free flow activities must have scaffolding to support children. This can include: Key questions, pictures, links to the learning / contexts and resources / apparatus that extend children. Prompts will show the intended outcome: “Can you…”
  • Learning Choices should be tasks that children can complete independently, are linked to current learning or interests and are purposeful with a clear learning objective. 
  • Learning Choices across the classes each week will be very similar, ensuring consistency of provision.
  • Focus group work happens throughout the week (this could be working with individuals or small groups with the same need / focus) so that a minimum of 3 focuses per week are complete.
    • One focus a week will be guided writing in books. This writing should have a clear learning objective and purpose as well as reflecting a range of writing types from labels and lists to stories and fact files.
    • There are whole class inputs each day – a minimum of 2 per day.
  • During Maths and Writing sessions, ‘steps to success’ or ‘what makes good’ should be provided for or be formed with the children. They are variated, meaning some children are supported in the carpet session or are taken out to extend / consolidate their learning, ensuring all children are challenged and support staff are optimised.
  • DFE accredited Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme is used to teach phonics. Children are taught as part of a whole class and assessment for learning identifies children who need extra phonics intervention to keep up and close the gaps. 
  • Independent Writing – children should have access to writing resources so they become an integral part of their play. Writing resources are not only stocked but are changed and adapted responding to children’s interests and requests. Adults can encourage writing with phrases such as “tell me about your writing”.
  • Adults join in with play regularly, taking the opportunity to model skills within play scenarios such as modelling writing for a purpose in the role play area. Children love to copy adults and it will quickly come to an activity an adult is ‘playing’ with, copying what the adult has done.
  • Support staff closely work alongside class teachers, observing children, leading focus groups and leading intervention groups.

In Reception, our learning revolves around play and children will be given the opportunity to explore and investigate learning with independence.  As part of our continuous provision, the children are given set times throughout the day where they can independently choose which areas they would like to learn in: both classrooms, shared area or outdoor learning environment.  

Outdoor Learning

Reception are extremely luckily to have a very large outdoor learning environment exclusively for the Reception children!

We believe the outdoor environment is different to the indoor one and thus provides different experiences that they cannot get inside. Our outdoor environments expose children to nature, weather and real experiences of the world around them. We understand that indoor topic based learning can be extended and developed through the outdoor environment, however outdoor opportunities are valued in their own right.

  • Our outdoor environment is open-ended and allow children to take their learning in any direction they choose.
  • Zones and areas outside can be set up with an invitation to play.
  • All areas should be made clean, tidy and safe at the end of the day.

Here you will find our overview of the learning that will take place in Reception; our yearly overiew and current half termly topic learning.  


EYFS routeReception - Topic Web - Summer 2

Supporting your child at home


One very important activity you can do is read with your child every day, including doing their word cards. Remember when you do the word cards to use them as flashcards but also to try and build sentences with them. You can record this on Tapestry or access bugclub. Bug club gives you access to electronic books.  You can sign onto Bug Club using your username the teacher provided at www.activelearnprimary.co.uk  (Password: read School Code: k3xx)  School reading books should be left in school on Fridays and new books will be issued on Mondays.


Research shows that teaching Phonics in a structured and systematic way is the most effective way of teaching young children to read.  Almost all children who receive good teaching of Phonics will learn the skills they need to decifer new and unfamiliar words. At The Crescent Primary School Phonics in the Early Years is taught on a daily basis and follows the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught the skills for segmenting and blending words and are introduced to new phonemes as part of a systematic synthetic approach. The teaching of Phonics continues in Years 1 and 2 as children are introduced to alternative graphemes, lesser known sounds and begin to learn some of the more complicated spelling rules. 

Please click here for more information and some instructional videos on The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme- this can be used to support your child at home. 

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