Reception: Jeffers and Sendak
Named after the acclaimed children’s illustrator Oliver Jeffers and well-loved writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, our Reception classes share a secure playground and premises in the recently modernised self-contained section of the Victorian main building with our Nursery.
Completed in 2012 with funding assistance from the Trustees, our Reception facilities boast a large upstairs classroom, an extensive, bright and airy open-plan downstairs classroom, dedicated toilet and shower facilities for the children, a secure outdoor playground and a wide range of multi-sensory play areas.
As part of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Reception children are taught in accordance to the principles of ‘Development Matters’ and enjoy indoor and outdoor lessons tailored to a variety of topics to develop the seven key areas of learning.
Children in Jeffers and Sendak learn to read using the Read Write Inc scheme of phonics and every child is heard reading by an adult at school at least once a week. Appropriate level reading books are sent home with the children together with a reading record book and these are changed on a weekly basis. Every child is also taught flashcards weekly and this information is also recorded in their reading records.
Key areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Mathematical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Each half term, Reception will start on a new topic taken from the EYFS curriculum and this is linked to Maths and English work wherever possible, offering the children the opportunity for learning through exciting and stimulating role-play settings, both inside and outside the classroom.
They also enjoy a weekly PE lesson, whole school assemblies in St Stephen’s Church and in the First Floor Hall, music lessons with Mr Carden (Music Leader) and ICT lessons. Pupils also participate in termly class visits to places like Westminster Cathedral, London Zoo and Westminster Abbey. Father Christmas also makes a much anticipated visit to class in December.
The Reception team are always happy to speak to parents regarding any issues, concerns or queries. For more information regarding the Admissions criteria to Reception, please click here.
Please note that Westminster City Council is responsible for co-ordinating the allocation of school places in the borough and offer detailed information about the application process for Reception places.
Reception Curriculum Information: Summer 2019
Our Topic this half term has been ‘People Who Help Us’ and we’ve had lots of fun finding out about who helps us, where, how and when they help us. We also thought about how we help others.
Next term we will be looking at Traditional Tales and will use this theme as much as possible in all areas of our learning in both our inside and outside learning.
English: The children will be continuing the Read Write Inc phonics. In our groups we will be revisiting our Set 1 sounds and moving onto the Set 2 sounds. We have started to use some of the books and ditties and complete new and challenging tasks.
Maths: In Maths we will be looking at numbers, counting accurately and seeing them represented in different ways. Finding patterns with shapes, making comparisons and using a range of Maths related vocabulary. We have also looked at time recently and will look at money in the next half term.
RE: Why do Christians believe Jesus was special?
Computers: We will continue working with Mr Carden to develop our computing skills.
PE: Athletics and games in preparation for Sports Day.
Reception Diary Dates: Summer 2019
14th June: Wear green for Grenfell day
21st June: KS2 Sports Day at Battersea Park
22nd June: Summer Fair
24th June: INSET day ~ school closed
25th – 28th June: Healthy Schools Week
4th July: Parents Meetings to discuss EYFS report, by appointment
16th July: EYFS and KS1 Sports Day at Vincent Square
19th July: Last day of term, school closes at 1:30pm
- Miss. V. Talbot
- Ms. G. Diaz
Other key roles:
- Miss. L. Roberts
- Mrs E. Camplin
Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
- Mrs R. Dyer
Deputy Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
- Mrs S. Lee
Family Support Worker:
- Mrs L. Deary