The highest quality care and education for all our children

At Oswald Road Primary School we aim to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents, carers and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential. All of your child’s achievements will be recorded in their personal Tapestry account, which you and your child will have access to throughout the year.

As part of our practice we:

  • Deliver an exciting and varied, play-centred curriculum, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), across the 17 areas of learning.
  • 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.

Click here for a Day in the Life of Reception.

Reception Staff

  • Assistant Headteacher (EYFS)

    Vicky Morris

    Assistant Headteacher (EYFS)
  • Teacher

    Sophie Marshall

  • Teacher

    Becky Carter

  • Teaching Assistant

    Sonia Naveed

    Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant

    Kass Simpson

    Teaching Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant

    Shirley Jones

    Teaching Assistant
  • Deputy Headteacher (SEND)

    Helen Woolf

    Deputy Headteacher (SEND)
  • Headteacher

    Deborah Howard

  • Our curriculum
  • EYFS Framework
  • EYFS Learning & Development Requirements
  • Arrival & Collection of Children
  • Food & Drink
  • Accidents, Sickness & Medication
  • Phonics
  • Security & Child Collection
  • Seesaw Online Learning Journals
  • PE
  • Reading

Our curriculum

Reception Curriculum Map 2023-24

If you have any questions about our curriculum please contact our Headteacher, Deborah Howard, to pass on to the Curriculum Lead.

EYFS Framework

At Oswald Road we follow the revised EYFS Framework, which is now statutory. Within this framework there are four guiding principles which shape our practice.

These are:
1. Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured.
2. Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
3. Children learn and develop well in enabling environments with teaching and support from adults, who respond to their individual interests and needs and help them to build their learning over time. Children benefit from a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
4. Children develop and learn at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

EYFS Learning & Development Requirements

Our curriculum encompasses seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships, and
thriving. These are called the prime areas:
• communication and language
• physical development
• personal, social, and emotional development.
• literacy

Four areas help children to strengthen and apply the prime areas.These are called the specific areas:
• literacy
• mathematics
• understanding the world
• expressive arts and design

Throughout their time in EYFS our children partake in a well-balanced and varied curriculum which is designed in a sequential way to ensure progress towards the end of reception goals. These goals are defined as Early Learning Goals (ELGs).

As previously outlined, our curriculum incorporates learning through play, learning by adults modelling, by observing each other and through guided learning and direct teaching. It is also important to highlight that our plans are flexible to allow us to respond quickly to children’s new interests and/or

Weaving throughout the EYFS curriculum at Oswald Road Primary are three Characteristics of Effective Learning.
• playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
• active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties and enjoy achievements.
• creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

These elements underpin how we reflect on each child’s development and adjust our practice accordingly. Supporting children in their individual learning behaviour and observing the context of children’s play is essential.

Arrival & Collection of Children

Reception children are to be dropped-off and collected at the classroom door.

Drop-Off: 8.35am-8.45am

Pick-Up: 3:15pm


Food & Drink

All the children are provided with a fruit snack daily. Milk can be ordered from the office and is free to children under 5.


All Reception children are entitled to a free school lunch every day. Alternatively you are welcome to provide your child with a packed lunch from home.


School dinners are cooked on the premises in our kitchen and meet the Government’s nutritional standards. They comply with dietary and religious requirements. Menus are sent out regularly. There is one displayed in the hall and on the outer kitchen door. Fresh drinking water is available to children at all times.


A record is kept of any special dietary requirements or food allergies, taken from the child’s admission form.

Accidents, Sickness & Medication

There is always a member of staff with a relevant First Aid Qualification on the school’s site and an ‘Up-to- Date’ First Aid Box is kept on the premises at all times. The Staff of  Reception will keep up-to-date records on children’s health. e.g. allergies (we are a nut free school). If your child needs medication, parents/carers should complete the relevant forms. Please also see the school’s Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions Policy


In school, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases which establishes a practice of high quality phonics. Phase 1 phonics is taught throughout the year.


ELS Essential Letters and Sounds

ELS Parent Presentation

Security & Child Collection

Security is our highest priority and we take all necessary steps to ensure the premises and surrounding site is secure. Main entry and exit doors are security coded. The perimeter gates are locked shortly after 8.50am and are not reopened again until 3.00pm. All staff are DBS checked before being employed by us, as are students and volunteers. For more information please see our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. Reception staff will request a ‘pick-up password’ if anyone we don’t recognise comes to collect a child.

Seesaw Online Learning Journals

Seesaw is a secure online learning journal used to record photos, observations and comments in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It is used to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time in Nursery and Reception.

The new curriculum specifies that adult interaction has to take priority over any form of recording or assessment, so we will be moving to recording only key ‘wow’ moments in each child’s development. We will continue to promote parental engagement by celebrating any observations added by parents and carers
from home.


Reception children complete Outdoor PE with Mr Bentley every Tuesday and indoor PE with their class teacher once a week on the days listed below:

FS2A (Mrs Marshall’s class): Friday

FS2B (Miss Carter’s class): Thursday

FS2C (Ms Morris’ class): Wednesday



PE Kit:

The children require shorts and t-shirts for gym and dance (indoor PE) and clothing suitable for outdoor exercise (eg. jogging bottoms and hoodie) for outdoor PE. These are to be worn in to school on the allocated PE days.

"In early years, children benefit from language-rich activities. Across subjects, teachers break down learning into small steps to help pupils to acquire new knowledge easily. They plan regular opportunities to recap and reinforce pupils’ learning. "

Ofsted, September 2023

"In early years, children benefit from language-rich activities. Across subjects, teachers break down learning into small steps to help pupils to acquire new knowledge easily. They plan regular opportunities to recap and reinforce pupils’ learning. "

Ofsted, September 2023

Medium Term Plan- Autumn 1


Medium Term Plan- Autumn 2


Medium Term Plan- Spring 1


Medium Term Plan- Spring 2


Medium Term Plan - Summer 1


Medium Term Plan - Summer 2


Maths Workshop PowePoint


Our Reception Environment

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Curriculum Spotlight – Maths

For Spring 1 we have developed a Maths article to demonstrate what we’ve been up to. Please click below to view all the interesting work we’ve completed this term. Read full article


Oswald Road Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children. We require all staff, volunteers and visitors to share the commitment. For more information and resources, view our safeguarding page by clicking here.

Click here to read our Safeguarding Policy

To contact our Safeguarding Team, please email or

Our Safeguarding Page also features lots of useful resources on Online Safety, including information about the ‘Report Harmful Content’ button shown below.

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