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Reception Unit


Children move from Nursery into school in the September before their fifth birthday. We have an induction scheme which means that children may have visits in school before they start full time in Reception. This means that they can get used to school, their teacher and  their new surroundings. Children spend three terms in the Reception class before they start Key Stage 1 in Year 1.


In our Nursery and Reception classes we are required by law to plan our children's learning according to 'The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework'. This is the case for all Nursery and Reception classes in England.


The Framework has set down in law young childrens' entitlement to learning that meets their needs.

It draws on extensive research that young children learn best through purposeful, well planned play activities. Some of these are led by the adult and some chosen by the children and supported by the adults.


We would like to explain how this approach works in our reception classes. Our planning ensures that each day reception children have the following sessions taught by an adult:

  • writing
  • reading
  • letters and sounds
  • story
  • problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

And each week:

  • Personal, social and emotional education
  • P.E.
  • Music
  • Focus activities e.g. Art, geography, history, ICT


These sessions, as well as child initiated sessions accompanied by an adult, are planned for carefully using our knowledge of the children and The Statutory Framework mentioned earlier. Learning experiences are offered both indoors and outdoors. All of this planning is available for you to see. We keep the whole year's planning as well as observation notes for each child.



It is important to understand the balanced and rounded experience that our children receive and the in-depth planning that accompanies both taught and child initiated play. Our children are happy and 'switched on' and this is the basis for deep learning.


Here are some quotes from the documents that we are required to use that may be of interest to you:

"Providers must ensure that there is a balance of adult led and freely chosen or child initiated activities delivered through indoor and outdoor play"

Statutory Framework

"Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected"

"All the areas (of learning) must be delivered through planned, purposeful play with a balance of child initiated activities"

S.F.P. 11 2.5

"In effective settings the balance of who initiated the activities, staff or child, was about equal. Also staff in excellent settings regularly extend child initiated activities but do not dominate them"

EPPE longitudinal study by DFE