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: Autumn 2017

This term our topic is Minibeasts. You will already be able to see lots of super work on the walls that your child has created. Do feel free to come in to the classroom with your child in the morning to have a look.

Our role-play room will be opening later on this term. We will start by creating a ‘Minibeast World’. The children will be involved in making props, costumes and models for our Minibeast Library, Minibeast Café, the Minibeast School and the Minibeast Florist. We will then find out about the different roles, such as librarian, and read and write our very own job applications. After that we will support the children in each of the roles through guided work and then they will be able to use the area independently.

P.E. will start on Monday 18th September. Please keep P.E. kits at school and ensure that all items of uniform are named. The children can also bring black tracksuit trousers or leggings in cold weather. Please avoid trainers or plimsolls with laces. Do keep practising how to get changed at home so we get to use all our time for P.E.

Reading books will start coming home on Monday 18th September. This will firstly be a storybook for you to share with your child and phonics cards. Later in the term your child will be bringing home reading books each week. Please look out for the parent/carer information in the reading diaries.

The children are very fortunate to be taught by specialist teachers at the school. We are excited that Spanish lessons will begin in Reception this year with Ms Penelope Ramirez. The children will be learning new words and phrases through games and songs.

Technology and computer skills will be taught by ‘TurnItOn’. Mr Derek Carden, our highly accomplished musician and conductor, will teach Music and singing.

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 M. O’Brien
Designated Child Protection & Safeguarding Officer:
  • Mrs R. Dyer
Family Support Worker:
  • Mrs L. Deary