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 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.
- Ms. de Kock
- Ms. G. Diaz
- Miss L. Roberts
Other key roles:
- Mrs E. Camplin
Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mrs R. Dyer
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead:
- Mrs S. Lee
National Schools Closure:
Following government guidelines, our school is now closed to almost all children until further notice. During this time your child’s learning is very important to us and we will do our utmost to continue to help them to learn. We will reopen fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by texting you the day before we reopen. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us here ›
From Miss Roberts, EYFS Leader: EYFS activity ideas for completing at home during the school closure
We have prepared a pack for each child with some activities and ideas to do at home, along with an exercise book. There are further ideas you can access directly from our website too. Here are some additional suggestions:
- Write letters and cards to friends and family members REMEMBER: capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
- Numberblocks and Alphablocks are award winning series for children. You can watch episodes for free on You Tube. REMEMBER: online safety.
- Maths activities to help with counting, addition and subtraction, shape, pattern and measuring would be great to work on. Older brothers and sister may also like to help out by creating a Maths board game.
- Read, Write, Inc website can help you out with your phonics. There are useful videos to help out with sounds and blending.
- You might like to keep active by doing Zumba at home. There are lots of dance-a-long videos on the GoNoodle website.
- Have you entered the Art Competitions? I’m anticipating some fantastic entries from EYFS! Look closely at the information on the Art and Design Newsletter.
Please feel free to share this information with other parents of children in the class – many thanks. The children, your families and the whole community are all in our thoughts and prayers.