Our Reception classes share a secure playground and premises in the recently modernised self-contained section of the Victorian main building with our Nursery.
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.