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Parent Info

Reception 2022 pupils will begin on 5th of September 2022 at 9:00. Children will come in through the Reception door on the KS1 yard (this will be signposted). 

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Overarching principles

The EYFS outlines four key principles, which underpins all planning. These are:


  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and 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.


Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning

When planning and guiding children’s activities, we observe different ways that children learn and reflect these in our practice. Three characteristics of effective teaching and learning are:


  • 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.

Read Write Inc (RWI) - Phonics


As a school we follow the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc (often referred to as RWI or RWInc.) You can find some information linked to the first stages covered in reception below; for all further information linked to RWI please visit the Phonics page on the school site - an internal link is posted below.