Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Bagshaw

Mrs Bagshaw

Senior Leader and Teacher

Mrs Jackson

Mrs Jackson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rollason

Mrs Rollason


Our Foundation Stage Unit is a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children are cared for, nurtured and encouraged to learn and reach their full potential. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through their play.

Members of staff in Reception.

  • Mrs Sue Bagshaw - Early Years, KS1, Engish Leader and Class Teacher
  • Mrs Laura Rollason - Class Teacher
  • Mrs Emma Jackson - Learning Assistant

The  environment indoors and outdoors is designed to enable children to develop the independence and confidence they need to become really engaged in their learning. Resources are clearly labelled and stored to enable children to get them out and put them away themselves. In this way, they can make choices about what to use and when to use it, whilst developing a sense of responsibility and care towards their classroom.

Early Years Foundation Stage

At Garswood Primary School, we believe that parents are a child’s first educators and we recognise how important parent influence is throughout a child’s time in the Early Years. We aim to work closely with parents and carers, to ensure that every child has the best possible start in school and in life!


Our Reception class follow an Early Years curriculum that meets the requirements of the Early Learning Goals. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning: Personal Social Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. This curriculum is the foundation of the later National Curriculum subjects taught from Year 1 onwards. 


Garswood Primary School is an early adopter of the new Early Learning Goals. These become statutory in all state-maintained schools in 2021. Please see the link below for the new Development Matters Document and Early Learning Goals.


Prime Areas


Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This enables children to develop self-worth and respect for others, forming positive relationships with their peers and adults. Children learn to socialise, manage and identify their feelings, differentiate between choices in behaviour, understand appropriate behaviour and gain confidence in their approach.


Communication and Language
Children are given opportunities which enable them to develop skills in expressing themselves confidently, listen to others and speak in a range of situations. A range of activities are initiated which support vocabulary extension.


Physical Development
This involves developing a range of fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, control and movement, through the provision of opportunities for children to be active and interactive. The children are supported to understand the importance of keeping healthy by being physically active and choosing foods which promote health.


Specific Areas
The following four areas of learning are known as ‘Specific Areas’:


Literacy Development
Children are developed and encouraged to begin to link sounds and letters and take the first steps in learning how to read and write. A range of reading opportunities are given through a variety of books and the children are introduced to fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Children begin to learn how to spell and write. They are given adult directed and free writing opportunities. All their efforts are valued as they are supported to develop writing skills.


Mathematical Development
The children are provided with activities and opportunities which enable them to begin to: count; recognise, understand and use numbers; make simple calculations; identify and describe shapes; have an understanding of space and begin to compare and contrast measurements of length, weight and capacity.


Understanding the world 
This involves guiding our children to make sense of the physical world, the local community, people, places, technology and the environment through exploration, observation, discussion and investigation.


Expressive arts and design
Children are given opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. They are encouraged to be creative and develop their own ideas through art, music, drama, movement, role play, design and technology.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

As well as Early Learning Goals we also observe the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning describe learning as a process and not as an event.


The 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; and
    • Creating and thinking critically - children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.




Outdoor Play

The outdoor area is seen as an integral part of the early years provision and it has been planned to enable those children who prefer to learn outside for some or most of the time to engage in the same quality of learning as they would indoors. Please ensure your child has a pair of wellies that they can keep in school.

Physical Education

Every Wednesday morning Reception will have a PE lesson with Mrs Rollason. Please ensure that all PE kit is in school. We will send home the PE kits at the end of the half term.

Forest Schools

Children will have a forest shool session on Tuesday morning with Mrs Bagshaw. We will provide the forest school waterproofs. Please ensure your child has suitable additional clothing E.g. thermal layers, hats, gloves in winter and sun hats and sun cream in summer.


Homework for Reception will be sent home on a Friday and is due to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Each week they will be given a variety of activities including a short literacy and mathematics activity alongside 2 or 3 yellow words. House points are awarded for effort each week too.

Reading books

Reading books will be changed weekly on Fridays and reading records will also be checked and signed by staff by Friday. Please write in your childs reading record daily.

Hamilton Bear

Hamilton Bear, our class mascot, loves to come and stay at everyones house. He loves to go on adventures and we enjoy hearing all about it when he returns to school.

Reception: News items

Welcome!, by Pamela Potter

Christmas break, by Mrs Potter

Remembrance, by Mrs Potter

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Reception: Gallery items

Happy Holi 2021, by Mrs Bagshaw

Campfire Treat - March 2021., by Miss Jenkinson

Exploring at Forest School, by Mrs Bagshaw

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