A Day in the Life of Reception

In Reception, we deliver an exciting and varied, play-centred curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), across the 17 areas of learning. In everything we do, we:

• Promote equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice.
• We provide early intervention for those children who require additional support.
• Work in partnership with parents and develop links in the local community.
• Plan challenging and stimulating learning experiences, based on the individual child,
informed by observation and assessment.
• Provide learning experiences developed from child-led ideas.
• Build strong relationships with the children in our care.
• Provide nurturing and inspiring indoor and outdoor learning environments.
• Inspire a love of learning and independence that will remain with them throughout school.

A typical day looks like this…
Children arrive, put their belongings away and complete a SODA
(Start Of The Day Activity)
Registration takes place and we complete our daily calendar
We complete phonics on the carpet, then complete our phonics activity booklets
Continuous provision – where the children have access to all 3 classes and the outdoor
area, learning through their play. Sometimes they may have a task to complete with an
Tidy up time – we encourage the children to tidy up their activity equipment after
Maths takes place as a whole class followed by a shared read and getting ready for
Lunch time – the children are taken across to the hall to choose their dinner or to be
seated for eating their packed lunches.
The children return to class for a whole class literacy input based around a story.
Continuous provision as detailed above and some groups will complete a writing task
with an adult.
Handwriting lesson and practice time.
Continuous provision.
Tidy up time.
We complete a subject-specific carpet session with the children
(e.g. PSHE, Music, R.E)
Story time and then the children begin to collect their belongings for home time!

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Curriculum Spotlight – Maths

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