Reception at Park

Welcome to our Reception learning page. We hope you enjoy finding out about our school day and what Reception looks like at Park. For further information, please read the Reception Handbook: Park Primary Reception Handbook- September 2021 Starters

At Park we adhere to the  Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. If you have any questions regarding our Early Years Provision, please speak to Ms Rice, our EYFS Phase Leader.

Reception Classes – the Explorers!

At Park, each class is named after a notable figure. In Reception, we are named after influential women. There are three Reception classes with 30 children in each class. The classes are called Jemison Class, MacArthur Class and Seacole Class. Each class has a teacher and a Learning Support Assistant (LSA).

Transition from Nursery to Reception

At Park Primary children learn from Nursery to Year 6. As well as from our own Nursery, Little Park, children join us from a range of nurseries in our surrounding area. To aid in transition from Nursery to Reception we:

  • Send a Google Form for parents/carers to fill in key information about their child to help us to begin to get to know the children. We also ask parents/carers to attach relevant paperwork to aid our admissions process.
  • Invite children and parents/ carers to ‘Stay and play’ sessions in the Summer Term. This takes place after school. It is an opportunity to meet the other children who will be attending in September, talk to the teachers and access the provisions in each Reception learning area as well as begin to form relationships.
  • The teachers visit some nurseries to speak to key workers and continue to build relationships with the children.
  • Nurseries are encouraged to bring children for a morning or afternoon to familiarise the children with their new setting.
  • In the Summer Term, two members of staff from Park Primary will make a home visit to allow parents/ carers to ask questions and for the children to talk about or show their home.  Due to the pandemic, we conducted ‘virtual home visits’ this academic year and last. 
  • Set up parents/carers onto Tapestry, Class Dojo and Scopay. Details on what these apps are used for can be found in the following letter: Nursery & Reception Apps Explained
  • The first few weeks in the Autumn Term include staggered sessions to allow the children to get used to their new environment and the longer days. We support working parents by providing longer sessions for their child. During this time, parents are invited in for 1:1 meetings with the class teacher. Discussions are had around how each child has settled and learning targets will be shared.

Reception full day

In Reception the timetable will change from the Autumn Term through to the Summer. During the first few weeks of the Autumn Term the children will be introduced to school rules, encouraged to independently look after their property and start taking part in class learning focus times such as story time. It is important for children to attend school every day to ensure they are receiving equal opportunities for their learning to develop.

Parents as Partners

In Reception we value the support and engagement from parents and carers. We recognise the huge difference it can make, not only to the children’s learning but to their attitude and behaviour to school too. These are some of the ways parents/carers of children in Reception could get involved:

  • Our stay and learn sessions
  • Talking to your child about the learning they do at school
  • Accompanying us on an school visits
  • Reading with your child at home and recording feedback in their yellow reading record books
  • Supporting your child with the suggested activities which are posted on Tapestry
  • Coming to watch your child’s sharing assembly (dates are on the newsletter)
  • Coming to our yearly Sports Day and getting involved in the sack race!
  • Sharing any ‘wow moments’ by uploading videos or photos to Tapestry. This could be anything that you and your child are proud of, from starting swimming lessons to using or writing a sentence for the first time. We would love to hear about it.
  • Checking Tapestry regularly for up to date messages, information about planning and any visits that are taking place.

Our door is ‘always open’ if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the Reception class teachers. The Early Years Foundation Stage is about you and your child working in partnership with us to ensure they succeed and develop a secure foundation for later learning.

Parent/Carer Workshops

We hold regular workshops for parents/carers to share how different areas of the EYFS curriculum is taught and to provide suggestions on how parents/carers can support their child at home. EYFS Parent Partnerships Timetable

Welcome to Reception

EYFS Reading and Writing Parent Workshop

Forest School

In Reception we are proud to take part in ‘Forest school’. We enjoy exploring, looking for natural objects and mini beasts. We particularly take pleasure in finding lots of worms of all different lengths when digging in the mud! We use our imaginations to make up stories about invisible dragons and to build homes for some mini beasts. We also work closely with the park keepers!

At Forest School we:

  • learn how to manage risks and how to keep safe.
  • dress ourselves.
  • Share our interests about the natural environment and help plan future sessions.

Apps and Links for Home Learning

Please take a look at these useful apps and web links to use with your children!