Welcome to Reception

Welcome to our Reception class and the start of your child's school career! We aim to make the transition into Reception as easy as possible - whether your child has been in Nursery, at a childminder, at home or in another setting. We know that attending school full-time, five days a week, is a big step up for many children, and we plan our activities and timetable carefully to allow them to settle in and build up their confidence and stamina.

Children in our Reception class enjoy a generous amount of classroom space and direct access into their own walled garden which has recently received a makeover with a large canopy that allows children to use the outside space even in wet weather. The outside space is well stocked with age-appropriate play apparatus, including construction equipment, bikes and scooters, and a mud kitchen.

Reception class is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and our teaching focuses on the areas of learning and development outlined in the EYFS - communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy and numeracy, understanding the world, and expressive arts and design.

By the end of the year children in our Reception class will be confident enough to perform to the whole school (and parents) as they present the Reception class Friday Assembly. The Reception children also take the lead roles in the annual Nativity Play, just before Christmas.

Over the past two years, Reception children have also been regular visitors to our local care home - The Brambles in Wye. While these visits are not possible under current Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to reinstate them as soon as possible, as the rapport between the children and their elderly friends was lovely to see. Another very popular regular trip is to Spring Grove Forest School where the children explore, make dens, listen to stories and ... most importantly toast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate!

Useful Information

Autumn Term 2021 Start of term: Thursday 2 September · Half term: Thursday 18 October - Friday 29 October · End of term: Wednesday 15 December
Spring Term 2022 Start of term: Wednesday 5 January · Half term: Monday 14 - Friday 18 February · End of term: Tuesday 29 March
Summer Term 2022 Start of term: Wednesday 20 April · Half term: Monday 30 May - Friday 3 June · End of term: Wednesday 13 July

Daily routine in Reception

  • The school day in Reception begins at 8.30am and finishes at 3.20pm

  • In normal times, on a Friday morning we have Family Assembly in the Sunley Hall to which all parents are invited. The assembly begins at 8.50am and coffee and tea is served in the hall from 8.30am. Under current Covid-19 restrictions this assembly is live-streamed to parents at 9.15am on Friday mornings.

  • Reception do Phonics and Numeracy work every day. They have specialist French and Music teaching once a week, and Sport/PE three times a week. Once every 3 weeks Reception go to Forest School for an afternoon of exploration.

  • We encourage parents to look and share in the children’s work throughout the year. Parent Consultations (currently virtual meetings) take place regularly with appointments made through our SchoolsBuddy app, and we are always available for an informal chat by phone (please contact the School Office to arrange this).

We offer wraparound care which must be pre-booked 72 hours in advance:
Breakfast Club 7.30am to 8.30am
Crèche 3.30pm to 4.30pm
SG Extra (incl. packed tea) 4.30pm to 6pm
Information about charges for wraparound care can be found on the school website

Reception class uniform:
Spring Grove School Uniform list 2020-21 We ask parents to provide a pair of wellingtons, waterproofs and school fleece to leave at school as the children go outside to play (almost) everyday. On PE days the children come to school dressed in PE kit, and on Forest School days they come in Forest School clothes - long-sleeved tops and long trousers to protect arms and legs. They also need waterproof tops and bottoms for rainy days at Forest School.

Morning snack and lunch:
We ask parents to provide children with a healthy snack for morning break - preferably fruit and vegetables but cheese, breadsticks, crackers etc. are perfectly acceptable. We provide water but it is a good idea to supply a named water bottle to keep in school from Monday-Friday. We are a nut-free school so if you do send any food into school please ensure that nuts, or any products containing nuts, are not sent in. All children eat their lunch in the School Hall, with the Reception staff. The lunch menu is on a 3-week rotation and copies of the menu are published in the School Messenger (newsletter).

Reception staff:

Mrs Newman:

Mrs Wells (TA):

Mrs Newman

Mrs Wells (and Jakey!)