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Reception: Penguins

Induction evening for prospective parents


If you would like to see the classroom environment and learning opportunities for your child to start in September 2024 please come and visit us on the 26th of September from 5-6pm.

Autumn Term 2023


Welcome to Reception Penguins


Firstly, we would like to welcome all the children to Penguins. We are all so excited to see the children start their journey into school.  Penguins will be taught by Miss Gornall and we are very pleased to have Mrs Schilz, Mrs Wagner and Mrs French to further support the children’s learning and development. 


Our main communication will be through ClassDojo. You should have had an email to help you to set up the app and create an account. This will be used to send reminders and celebrate children's achievements. We will also send homework activities and you can contact us through the messaging function. We encourage parents to share celebrations and achievements from home as well as homework tasks. 


This year we are looking forward to guiding and supporting the children though their first year at school. In Reception, we have high expectations for the children in both their learning and behaviour. We have a positive and engaging environment for the children where respectful behaviour is encouraged and praised. In our class we ask that all children have a go and try their best in every task. 


The first theme we will be learning over this term in Reception is ‘My Wonderful World’. This will include the children learning all about their senses, their homes, feelings, families and their immediate world. We will also be following 'Letters and Sounds' for our phonics. We will be sending weekly reading books home with the children to further support the teaching of reading in class. We really value and appreciate all the support at home with the children’s learning and a strong relationship between home and school will lead to a very successful year for the children.


P.E. will be on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. All children will need a white PE t-shirt, navy shorts and pumps (to be left in school at all times.) They may also bring in navy or black tracksuit bottoms for the colder months. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term for washing. Please name everything, including pumps and shoes. 


We cannot wait to show you all photos of the hard work we have been doing in reception and all the fun we have been having.


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on ClassDojo


Thank you,

Miss Gornall

Welcome our class of 2023! 

Meet the Teacher 2023



In the Early Years we have developed a wonderful curriculum which caters for the children's interests.  The overview below contains an outline of the topics we cover, but the content of the topics are adapted according to the needs and interests of our children. To find out more information about our EYFS curriculum please see the curriculum map below. 


For more information on the new Early Years Curriculum 2021 please go to - Key Information- Curriculum - Early Years. 

Alternatively please go to the bottom of the page and click on the document 'Development matters ages and stages' and Early Learning Goals. 





Every child in Reception is allocated a key worker. Mrs Buckel and Mrs Goldstone will be your child's key workers 

  • The key person works alongside parents and carers to ensure that there is continuity of care for the child thus supporting the child’s emotional well-being.
  • The key person, and other staff, observes the child to identify how they learn through their play, their next aspect of development, what their interests are, whether there is any cause for concern or need for extra support.
  • They keep a record of your child's learning portfolio and update it regularly on ClassDojo. 

Reception Recommended Reads

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes


School Behaviour Charter

In September 2021, our school implemented a new Behaviour Policy which is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,
  • Relentless Routines,
  • First attention to best conduct,
  • Scripting difficult conversations,
  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.