Class Information

Class Information

Early Years


Our Reception curriculum keeps us busy and active everyday but we will be changing into our P.E kits on a Wednesday morning so that we can enjoy other physical activities and practice with those tricky buttons! P.E kit is a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. All items need to be named and kept on your child’s peg in a named bag.

School Dinners

Reception children can either have a hot school dinner or you can provide your child with a packed lunch.  Please note; chocolate bars, sweets, nuts and fizzy drinks are not permitted in lunchboxes.  School dinners are free for children in Reception. However, we do ask if you can decide at the beginning of the term if your child will be having school dinners or packed lunches. Please let the office aware of any dietary requirements and your specified lunch preference (packed lunches or school dinners).


Before your child begins Reception please ensure that they can use the toilet on their own, including wiping themselves and washing their hands.  The toilets in our Reception are easily accessible for the children.

If children do have accidents, staff will support children to change wet clothes. If your child should soil themselves we will help them to change them but if it should happen again in the same day we would call parents/carers to come and collect them as this may be a sign that they are unwell.

Spare Clothes

Please bring in a set of spare clothes for your child, with a plastic bag so that we can return any dirty or wet clothes to you in a bag to save other clothes getting wet.

Home Challenges

Weekly Challenge- every Friday on the Reception Newsletter there will be an optional challenge for you to complete at home. These challenges will cover skills across our curriculum and will be short, fun activities that should be an enjoyable experience for you and your child.


Sharing books, listening to stories and looking at pictures is an important part of learning to read.  At the start of the year, children will bring home reading books to share and discuss with you.  Initially, these will have little or no words. These books are designed to help your child hold a book the correct way, turn the pages from left to right and begin to use picture cues to understand the story.  Once children can recognise and blend sounds into words they will start to bring increasingly more difficult reading books home to read to you.  Your child will have a reading diary, please sign and note any comments about any reading you do with your child. 

Once children are ready we will start reading in groups.  We call this ‘Guided Reading’. This is where around six children will read with either a teacher or a teaching assistant.  These sessions are focussed around both word reading and discussing the book to check children understand what they are reading.  These skills are equally important and children need both to be competent readers.

It is expected that children will read at home each night with an adult.  This does not have to be for long and should be a fun experience for all concerned! Don’t feel you need to read the whole book – a few pages which you really chat about is far better than rushing through a book and not enjoying it.

Reading books will be changed weekly and all children will have a library book from the school library. If your child has completed their reading book before these days it is useful to re-read the book to increase fluency and understanding. Once you have re-read their reading book you may want to share a story of choice with your child purely for enjoyment and love of reading!   Please contact a member of our Reception team if you feel your child’s reading book is too easy or too difficult.

Voluntary Contribution

In order to fund ingredients for cooking and resources such as food colouring, tissues, ingredients, bubble bath etc, we have set up a voluntary ‘Reception Fund’ of £5 per half term. The way to pay this is flexible; it can be given half termly (£5 six times a year), termly (£10 three times a year), or yearly (£30 a year). We greatly appreciate all contributions, and are looking forward to seeing the funds put to use to allow for exciting activities throughout the year in Reception. Thank you!

Learning and Development

At Hearsall Community Academy, we are passionate about learning through purposeful, well planned and facilitated play. We target each child’s individual next steps for learning across the different curriculum areas through a mix of adult directed teaching and child initiated learning. Each day the children have access to the outdoor learning environment where they can access, explore and develop different skills to the indoor environment. We follow the children’s interests and plan topics which captivate, inspire and engage children in order to motivate them to challenge their own thinking, learning and independence.

Everything in Reception is carefully planned and structured to help your child’s development.  This is undertaken through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is organised to take care of and develop the whole child and not just their academic learning.

It is organised into four themes which impact the principles and practice of all that we do in Early Years Education. These are: a unique child, positive relationships, enabling environments and learning and development.

Within ‘Learning and Development’ there are seven areas of learning as shown below. The prime areas begin to develop quickly in response to relationships and experiences, and run through and support learning in all other areas. In addition, there are four specific areas of learning. The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge. They grow out of the prime areas, and provide important contexts for learning.