Class Reception

Reception Transition 2022-2023

We cannot wait to welcome all the new Deerhurst and Apperley pupils to Reception in September 2022!

When your child starts school, there is so much information to take on board and remember. We hope that within this section of our website we will be able to answer most of your questions and reassure you at this time.

Monday 5th September 2022

  • INSET Day (No children – Staff Training Day)

Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th September 2022

  • All Children until 12 pm

Monday 12th – Friday 16th September 2022

  • All Children until 1 pm including lunchtime
From Monday 19th September 2022, Reception Class in full time for school day

Over the coming weeks we will be sharing more information to put
your mind at ease and to help your child to feel excited about the prospect of starting at Deerhurst and Apperley in September 2022.

Reception Transition Welcome PowerPoint  13.7.22

How can we prepare for Reception? 

Sing, sing, sing!

Music and singing are really helpful settling, learning new routines and developing language.

Nursery Rhymes which are great to support children’s speaking and listening and future reading skills. Research shows that if children know 8 Nursery rhymes by the time they are 4 years older, they will be some of the best readers by 8 years old! So sing, sing, sing.

Nursery Rhymes and Songs – BBC Teach 


We really like this guide to starting starting school. We love the section on self-care and agree that it is really helpful if your child can do the following independently before they start school*:

  • Going to the toilet
  • Washing their hands
  • Dressing and undressing (especially using tricky buttons and zips)
  • Using a tissue
  • Feeding themselves
  • Tidying up.

* Please talk to us if your child struggles with any of these things. It’s normal and we’re here to help.

Useful websites

BBC iPlayer – Time for School – Songs: Get Ready

BBC iPlayer – Time for School – Songs: Lets Make Friends

Being school-ready | PACEY

Starting primary school – BBC Bitesize

If you have any questions about your child starting school, however big or small, please do not hesitate in contacting us. A member of school staff will endeavour to respond.

EYFS Curriculum:

Learning Through Play

In the Early Years, learning takes place through carefully planned, play-based learning opportunities, both inside the classroom and also in our specially designated outdoor area. The EYFS curriculum has been designed with seven areas of learning and development in mind. These seven areas of learning are grouped into two strands, ‘prime’ and ‘specific’.

The Three Prime Areas of Learning and Development:

These lay down the foundation for all children’s learning, ensuring that children are able to relate to others, communicate effectively, and engage with their environment. The prime areas are dependent on each other and are universal in that they occur within all cultures and social backgrounds.

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language

The Four Specific Areas of Learning and Development:

These can be introduced flexibly but cannot be developed alone; they build on the development gained through the prime areas. The specific areas reflect individual children’s life experiences, including their cultural and social background. Practitioners will be able to plan for children’s next steps in the specific areas through their observations and knowledge of children’s likes, dislikes, and through regular feedback and communication from families.

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

Alongside these seven areas of learning and development, the EYFS curriculum focuses on the way children learn. This is called The Characteristics of Effective Learning. Roughly speaking, they tell us that children are learning when they are:

  • Playing and Exploring: How engaged they are in an activity.
  • Active Learning: How motivated they are.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically: How they develop their thinking.

EY staff will be warm, responsive, and sensitive to what they observe in play and respond with appropriate talk and questioning. Even if there are distancing and resource limitation rules in place in September, settings will be able to provide calm, safe spaces for talk and reflection.

Term Summer: Monday 25th April 2022- Friday 22nd July 2022

EYFS Topic Web Summer 1 2022 – Out of This World


Reception 2022 Term Summer 1 Spellings

Reception 2022 Term Summer 2 Spellings

Term Spring 2022: Tuesday 4th January 2022- Friday 8th April 2022

EYFS Topic Web Spring  2022 – Down at the Bottom of the Garden


Reception 2022 Term Spring 2 Spellings

Reception 2022 Term Spring 1 Spellings

Term Autumn 2021: Thursday 2nd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021

Reception Transition Welcome 21-22  EYFs Reading and Phonics 8.9.21

To know more about what we are learning this term, please read our topic web below:

EYFS Topic Web Autumn 1 2021 – Grand Designs 

2021: Home Learning Blue Book Links – Google Drive


Reception Summer 2021

To know more about what we are learning this term, please read our topic web below:

Reception Topic Web Summer 2021- Ready Steady Cook

Term 6: Monday 7th June 2021 – Wednesday 21st July 2021

Reception Term Summer 2 Spellings 2021

Term 5: Monday 19th April 2021 – Friday 28th May 2021

Reception Term Summer 1 Spellings 2021

Reception Spring 2021

Home Learning Timetable

Home Learning Timetable Spring Term 1 2021 Reception

Term 4: Monday 22nd February 2021 – Thursday 1st April 2021

Reception Term Spring 2 Spellings

To know more about what we are learning this term, please read our topic web below:

EYFS Topic Web Spring 2021 – We Can Be Heroes!

Term 3: Tuesday 5th January 2021 – Friday 12th February 2021

Reception Term Spring 1 Spellings 2021

What to expect, when? Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage