Reception: Jeffers and Sendak

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 premises in a recently modernised self-contained section of the Victorian main building adjoining the secure playground 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
  • Literacy
  • 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 2018

This term our topic is ‘Animals‘ and our learning will be based around the book ‘The Journey Home‘ by award winning author Frannn Preston-Gannon. We will be learning about polar bears, pandas, elephants and orang-utans, their habitats and why these animals are endangered.

We will also be thinking about what little changes we can make that will help to look after our environment. These themes will also form the basis of our reading, writing and maths opportunities this term.

Music and ICT with Mr Carden and Spanish with Miss Penelope also continue this term. PE is still on Mondays.

Please come and find out more about what we have been learning in our class assembly on Friday 18th May at 9.15am in the First Floor Hall. You are welcome to join us afterwards in the classroom to look at your child’s portfolio of work.

Thank you for all your support. It really makes a difference when children are regularly having opportunities for further practice at home. Please keep reading, using your phonics cards and learning the high frequency words we have sent home.

Reception team:

Class teacher:
  • Miss. L. Roberts
Support staff:
  • Ms. G. Diaz
  • Ms. C. O’Dwyer

Other key roles:

EYFS Leader:
  • Miss. L. Roberts
  • Mrs E. Camplin
Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs R. Dyer
Deputy Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs L. McMullan
Family Support Worker:
  • Mrs L. Deary