Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage! In Reception, our indoor and outdoor classrooms are full of exciting learning experiences every day. The Reception team is comprised of a team of teachers, Miss Edey and Mrs Hartley, and two teaching assistants, Mrs Dale and Mrs Hensman. We all work together to make your child’s time in Reception the best that it can be!

In the Early Years Foundation Stage we aim to develop and broaden the range of children's learning experiences, to enable them to become well rounded, independent and enthusiastic learners who enjoy coming to school. Every child is treated as an individual and offered a variety of experiences which are carefully designed to further their development process. 

The children will learn through a combination of adut guided and child initiated play opportunities. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

We plan child initiated and adult guided activities that promote children's development and learning based on the ‘Development Matters' in the Early Years Foundation Stage.This Term, our topic is focused on ‘Exploration. We will be learning about lots of different sub topics including Winter, Jungles, Under the Sea, China, Space, Dinosaurs and Easter. The information below gives an insight as to how we will incorporate our topics into the 7 areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Through circle times and our Tolerance sessions, the children will be learning to consider what is right and what is wrong, and to understand the consequences of their own actions.

They will continue to learn about and abide by our school rules, and will begin to understand why such rules are needed. 

Sharing, team work and listening to other people’s ideas will be a focus, particularly during child initiated play opportunities.


Communication and Language

In Reception the children will often use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. This is encouraged within our exciting role play and small world areas!

Children will learn how to express themselves and speak to others, particularly during Tolerance sessions, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

During our daily Story Time, children will listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. 


Physical Development

This term, Reception will be taking part in dance, which involves moving their bodies in creative ways to music. 

We will focus heavily on learning how to get changed for PE independently. The children will need to bring their PE kits every week, ready for PE which will take place on a Friday.  

As well as large scale movements, the children will develop their fine motor control by engaging in tasks such as threading, sewing, drawing and writing.



At Witham St. Hughs Academy we follow and teach the ‘Read Write Inc Literacy Programme’. This is a structured reading and writing programme designed to teach, and support your child through early Literacy. Each day your child will receive an hour phonic/literacy lesson, which will be catered to the exact learning needs of your child, in carefully planned differentiated groups. 

The children also have a range of opportunities to practise their literacy skills during their child initiated time. 

The children will be taking part in supported 1:1 reading sessions twice a week with the adults, and will be encouraged to change their home reading book often. You can support with this by reading with your child regularly at home, and helping them to learn their sight words. Sight words will be tested on a Friday.

Story time will occur daily to develop a love for reading!



The children will take part in daily Numeracy sessions, where they will be given opportunities to order, read and write numerals up to 20. They wil also  learn to understand numbers and represent these in a vaiety of ways, whilst practising their counting and reasoning skills. 

During their child initiated time, Reception will learn to sort objects as well as follow and create simple patterns. We will also look at and describe basic 2D and 3D shapes in the environment. 


Understanding the World

In Reception we enjoy taking our learning outdoors! Please ensure that your child always has suitable outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather, as they will spend time outside every day.

The children will be finding out about the world around them including what goes on in space, under the Sea and in the jungle. We will also learn about how the world has changed, as we focus on Dinosaurs and how this life compares to the world today! Often, the children will lead this learning, coming up with their own questions of what they would like to find out, researching this and then presenting their findings to their peers.  The children love to explore, learn and inspire others with their key question learning!

Children will continue to learn about different cultures and celebrations, including Chinese New Year and Easter. 

The children begin to develop the skills needed to operate simple ICT equipment.  Reception will enjoy learning through using computers, iPads, and other technology.


Expressive Arts and Design

In Reception, we try to make all learning as creative and fun as possible. Many areas of learning will be taught in a creative way!

Daily, the children will encounter opportunities to role play, paint, draw, make music, sing, dance and be imaginative.