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The Staff


Reception is taught by Mrs Barber and Mrs Neal, assisted by Mrs Anstee, Miss Oakes, Mrs Willits, Mrs Pietersen and Mr Carnegie.


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Does everything grow in the same way?

Reception have been investigating if everything grows in the same way. We have been busy hatching chicks and raising butterflies from tiny caterpillars. We observed the caterpillars turning into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies and watched as they flew away from our wildlife area! We turned into bug detectives and explored what we could find living in and around the pond.

Reception Curriculum


Click on the link below to discover more about what the children are learning this term.

Reception at Ridgefield takes the motto of ‘brave explorers, great thinkers’ at its heart. The children explore an interactive environment and through investigation and play develop skills and gain knowledge which will last them a lifetime. The children’s first experience of school is as an active and excited learner, and is a foundation to prepare them for Year One, and the rest of their learning journey in years to come.


The curriculum is broken down into three prime areas, which encompass all learning activities in the Early Years:


Personal, Social and Emotional Development– Making relationships, building confidence and managing feelings and behaviour.


Communication and Language– Learning to speak, listen, understand, and express themselves.


Physical Development– Learning to look after their bodies, and everything they can do. From holding a pencil, to standing on one leg!


In addition to the Prime Areas, there are four specific areas – Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design – which the children access through various activities and self-initiated learning.


By the end of the year, the children will have developed a range of skills and knowledge, and the ability to learn independently.


For further information about the Early Years curriculum please visit the government website at:

What to Expect, When 


This guide has been written to help parents to know what to expect during their child’s first five years by focusing on the seven areas of learning and development which are covered in the Early Years Foundation Stage.To find out more about your child’s learning and development you may find the following document helpful:

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  • We have PE on a Monday so PE kits need to be in school and earrings removed. PE kits may be kept in school and taken home at half term holidays for washing.


  • Children are given a reading record in the first half-term, and will choose reading books throughout the week. Please read with them as much as possible, and please do let us know if you would like to hold onto a book for longer to practise, or change it more regularly for a challenge!


  • Children are welcome to bring in treats for the class on Birthdays or Celebration days, but it is up to you if you would like to or not. Where possible, we like to encourage healthy eating… but Birthday cake is an acceptable exception!


Rules and Behaviour

In the first half term, the children decide on the class rules themselves. These become our class contract which we all agree to follow to ensure we stay safe and can play and learn as best as we can. Children who choose not to follow our class contract are given the chance to think about how they could have made a better choice, and then the opportunity to make things better. Every day is a new blank page!



If you have any questions about any aspect of Reception life here at Ridgefield, feel free to come and see Mrs Barber or Mrs Neal before or after school any school-day of the week. Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or the school office.

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