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: Spring 2018

This term our topic is ‘Clothes’. Thank you for all the wonderful photos the children have been bringing in to show us! We have really enjoyed looking at them in class.

We will be designing and making our own clothes, including hats, mittens and socks, inspired by fiction and non-fiction books, including ‘Halibut Jackson’ and ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’.

In Maths we will be making number necklaces by ordering numbers to 20, measuring shoes and scarves with multilink and looking at and recreating patterns. Music and ICT with Mr Carden and Spanish with Miss Penelope also continue this term.

P.E. is on Mondays and we will be doing gymnastics this term. Please keep P.E. kits at school and ensure that all items of uniform are named. Keep practising how to get changed at home so we get to use all our time in the hall for P.E.

Our class assembly will be at the end of this term on Friday 9th February at 9.15am. Please make a note in your diaries to come along!

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