The Reception year is the second year of the Early Years Foundation Stage.  At Lynch Hill, our Reception unit comprises of four different classrooms and an outdoor learning area where there are lots of exciting activities and challenges set up, as well as the opportunity for them to choose their own resources. During the course of the year we work closely with the pupils to ensure they develop and grow as individuals, building their confidence, developing their social and academic skills, and preparing them well for the transition to KS1.

Reception doors open at 8.40am and close at 8.50am. The school day ends at 3pm.

When the children arrive into the classroom in the morning, they will have a short period of time to self-register, explore challenges, activities and talk to their friends before we welcome everyone to the carpet for an interest session.

After the interest session, the children will have the opportunity to take part in adult and child led activities, and they will also have access to the outside learning area. Adults work alongside the children, helping and encouraging them to extend their learning. At the end of each session, the class reconvenes to take part in a whole class Maths input.

At lunchtime, familiar adults take children to the canteen where help and support is provided with their lunch. Children enjoy sharing their daily events with their friends and adults during this time. The children have access to the playground during lunchtime where they interact with their friends and dinner controllers.

After lunch the children take part in personalised phonic sessions where the children learn to say, read and write a letter sound. At Lynch Hill we use the read, write inc scheme. The children enjoy discovering a wide range of books throughout their time in Reception. We encourage parents to go to local libraries with their children and provide them with opportunities to listen and explore story and information books. Letter sounds, words and books are sent home with each child depending on their stage of development in their reading. Parents and children are encouraged to share these with one another throughout the week.

Reception children take part in P.E. activities once a week, which is usually indoors, but, if the weather is suitable, there is an opportunity to use the school field.

Throughout the year, children also enjoy going to the local woodland to learn about the world around us. We visit the woods once a term to see how nature changes with the seasons.

Opportunities are provided for children to learn through play and adult led activities. We believe that confident explorers lead to motivated learners. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework is used to plan activities and assess children’s development. There are three prime and four specific areas of learning:

Prime areas

  • Social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design.

There are 17 early learning goals from the areas above in which the children are expected to achieve by the end of reception. We observe children in their play and collect evidence towards the early learning goals. Evidence is presented in personalised learning journals which are shared with parents and guardians.  

We welcome and value the input from home, and work in collaboration with parents to further each child’s development and achievement.