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Transition Booklet 2023-2024

Learning in ReceptionCurriculum Progression of Knowledge and Skills Preschool-ReceptionReception Skills CurriculumCharacteristics of Effective LearningEarly Learning Goals

The New Early Years Reforms

The Department for Education has published a new guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre – ‘What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formally called ‘What to Expect When’) which guides parents and carers through what to expect in their child’s development. It aligns with guidance given to schools to help practitioners and parents. Please click on the link below to view the document. 

Please click on the links below to read information on how to support your children at home. 


Correct shape properties

Household items to support maths 

Maths at home - number concepts


Reading and writing ideas

Reading books

Reading prompts and questions

In each year group, children are expected to learn to read and write high frequency words/common exception words. These are words that appear frequently in texts, attached below are the high frequency words children are expected to learn throughout Reception.

First 100 high frequency word assessment


For additional information and resources on please click on this link and then scroll down to phonics.

How to say the soundsHow to blend​Sound blending books​Red ditty books​Fred games

Fred game words

Handwriting phrases

Reception Phonics Meeting - Tuesday 26th September

50 Things to do Before You're 5

50 Things is an exciting initiative that supports children’s learning at home. It is inspired by parents and carers with each activity developed by Early Years experts and language specialists to create a fabulous resource for families.

More information can be found here 50-things-introduction-letter-pdf.pdf

Mark Making and Literacy in Reception

Literacy is taught discretely in daily lessons in addition to elements integrated throughout the Reception environment, inside and outside. As soon as the children join us in September, a focus is placed on letter formation (see handwriting phrases in the phonics section of this page), continuing to develop listening and communication skills. Children begin doing whole class phonics learning in the first half term, after which, they are streamed via ability.

To see more photos of our mark making and Literacy, click here and select the Reception gallery. 

Maths in Reception

Just like Literacy, Maths is taught in discrete lessons as well as throughout the Reception environment, both indoors and out.

To see more images of Maths in Reception click here and select the Reception button.


Being Creative in Reception

In Reception we love to explore our creativity through the mark making table, the craft area and use the painting easels, as well as imaginary and role play.

Children are encouraged to independently plan ideas, use a range of resources and adapt their work to achieve their desired outcomes. We love to see how children take the skills we teach and come up with their own creative ideas! See more images here.

Being Outdoors

As part of our Reception curriculum, we love to encourage the children to explore the outdoors! There are many benefits of being outdoors including: developing gross motor skills, communication skills, greater self-awareness, sparking interest in new topics, develop decision-making skills, as well as many other benefits. 

Take a look in the gallery (Reception) for more photos of us exploring the outdoors!

Reception Blog - Summer term 2023

Welcome to the summer term!

This half term in Reception, the children have been learning about Spring. The children have been observing seasonal changes such as green leaves and blossoms returning to the trees and spring flowers starting to grow. They also noticed that it is now lighter and brighter outside. The children all created their own observational painting of a daffodil and compared the 4 different seasons. 

This learning led on to looking at different types of weather. The children recorded their own weather reports and made their own weather wheels, which they use to show the types of weather they had observed outside. 

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Reception Blog - Spring Term 2023

Welcome to our Reception Blog! Click here to see our photos in the gallery.

Have a look on Tapestry to see what your child is learning about.

Reception blog - Autumn term 2022

Welcome to the Reception Autumn term blog.


Have a look on Tapestry to see what your child is learning about. 

Reception Blog Autumn term 2023

Welcome to the Reception blog for Autumn term 2023!