Reception Teachers: Mrs L Cox (EYFS Leader)   Mrs D Brownrigg   Mrs I Farrell

Teaching Assistants: Mrs J Williams Mrs J Nesbitt Mrs D Holden Mrs C Chadwick   Mr R Clarke (1:1)

“The care, guidance and support of pupils by the staff is outstanding” OFSTED 2010


  • To create within the setting an enabling environment for the children to learn and develop to their fullest potential.
  • To develop a strong partnership between school, parents and carers.
  • To provide the children with stimulating resources, relevant to the children’s culture and community.
  • To offer rich learning opportunities through play and playful teaching.
  • To encourage individual learning and the ability to make independent choices and initiate ideas through spontaneous play.
  • To provide an environment that promotes equal opportunities and celebrates children’s achievements, both in school and with parents.
  • To provide the foundations for future learning.


In the Foundation Stage the children follow the DfES Early Years Foundation Stage document and are provided with experiences to learn through structured activities, carefully planned and spontaneous play.

Within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) there are 3 prime areas of learning and development and 4 specific areas.

Prime areas:  

Personal, Social and EmotionalDevelopment.

Physical Development.

Communication and Language.

Specific areas:



Understanding the World.

Expressive Arts and Design.

When your child enters Nursery the focus of teaching and learning will be mainly on the prime areas. However as your child progresses through to the end of Reception the balance of teaching and learning will gradually shift to cover all 7 areas equally.

If you would like to look at the document or simply talk about the teaching and learning taking place, please feel free to speak to any member of staff.

Play, for a child, is work and is very valuable in starting a child’s early education. Your child might think that he or she has been playing all day, but really the play has been carefully developed by skilled staff to ensure that valuable learning is taking place.

Staff record the children’s learning in a variety of ways. For example by written observations, photographs and learning stories (sometimes these learning stories will be sent home for the child to share with family, we would be grateful if you would spare the time to enjoy these with your child, write your own comments on them and then send them back into school).

These learning stories and photographs are kept in individual Learning Journey Books, which are available for parents to see at any time and are sent home for you to keep at the end of Reception

British Values – EYFS (Reception and Nursery)

Area of work Suggestions Outcomes
United Kingdom-      Kirkby-      Liverpool-      Britain Simple outline map – naming countries of UK and where we arePhotos of buildings etc in Kirkby/LiverpoolPhotos of London – famous buildings etc Identify England, Wales, Scotland and Northern IrelandKnowledge of their own environment and other places
Britain in the world World map and globe available for children to investigate Recognise that we are an island
Patron Saints and emblems England – St George (rose) 23/4/16 Know the story of the saints
Wales – St David (daffodil) – 1/3/16
Scotland – St Andrew (thistle) 30/11/15
N. Ireland – St Patrick (shamrock) 17/3/16
The Union flag Look at flagLink with above to recognise the flags of Wales and Scotland Recognise and talk about features of flag
The Royal Family Senior figures Recognise photos of the senior royals and Buckingham Palace
Money Pounds and pence, coins and notesLook at images on coins and notes that are familiar to children Recognise coins

Our first week in school


Everton In the Community coaches are visiting Reception for 6 weeks, starting Friday, 2nd October 2015 to take our PE lessons.

Please remember to bring in your child’s kit so that we can all join in and have fun.

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