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Year Reception

Mr Holt (RB) is supported by Mrs Harvey​ and Mrs Hawes (RY) is supported by Miss Brown​.


At St. Helen’s we are committed to developing the whole child through a broad and balanced curriculum. We ensure that we cover all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Click here to view the Reception Curriculum Map.

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Supporting Learning at Home

We recognise the extremely important role that parents play in their child’s education. We want to work in partnership to help parents develop their skills supporting their child’s learning at home. If parents would like any support with developing home learning please see Miss Stack or Mrs Hawes.

Each week we change the children’s home reading books. The green reading journal should be filled in at least once a week by the parent. Please read a variety of books with your child as often as possible.

Homework will be given out on a Monday each week and must be returned by Friday to your child’s class teacher.

Please click  here for the PowerPoint from our Parent Support Sessions on Reading

Reception Expectations

The children in Reception are assessed against the Development Matters Age Bands throughout the year across all Areas of Learning. Children enter Reception at 4 years old (48 months at least) and therefore they are expected to start the year as secure within the 30-50 month band or beginning in the 40-60 month age band.


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Expected at the Early Learning Goal
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To achieve the Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception is classed as at the Age Related Expectation


At the end of the year children are assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Click here to view the Early Learning Goals for all Areas of Learning.

Children are given targets/ next steps to move their learning forward from the Development Matters Framework. Click here to view the Development Matters Framework.

News and Photos

On the 10th of January RY made vegetable soup to help us learn about our citizenship topic of 'happy me'.If we have a healthy body we will have a happy mind. We enjoyed chopping up all the vegetables and had to wait for them to soften in our vegetable stock. We took our soup home to share.

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As part of RY's citizenship topic, we drew self portraits to remind ourselves how special and unique God made each of us. We are very happy to be in RY.

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 We love PE, we have been learning how to play team games and use the space in the hall safely.

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Phonics in reception is a daily lesson. We learn our sounds and practice writing them on whiteboards.We love phonics as it is fun and helps us to read!

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Learning through play in Reception

As part of our Foundation stage curriculum, the children are encouraged to be independent learners. The reception environment inspires the children to make their own choices and enables them to demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning.

Playing and exploring
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go.’
Active learning
Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and thinking critically
Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things




Please click here to see Reception 2019 Admissions presentation.

Useful Links

These are websites that are useful for developing children’s skills in Reception to complement their learning in school.

English Links

Teach Handwriting
Description: Lots of fantastic videos and work sheets to support letter formation.

Phonics play
Description: This website is packed with games and activities to support your child's learning in Phonics.

Maths Links

ICT Maths games

ICT games
Description: A selection of fun games to support mathematical/literacy/science skills.