Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception Classes

Play is the work of children.” – Piaget

Click here to view the Reception Welcome Booklet


RWJ – Mrs Westby and Mrs Jones are the class teachers and they are supported by Mrs Wilkes.

RTY – Mrs Thompson-Yates and Mrs Yarranton are the class teachers and they are supported by Mrs McCandlish.

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to us. We are more than happy to help!

Reception Essential Information

Reception P.E. is on a Wednesday. Children are expected to attend school in their P.E. kit. This should be a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and pumps.

Forest School is Monday for RTY and Thursday for RWJ. Please send your children into school dressed for the weather.

Please bring your book bag to school each day.

Home Learning – please upload your child’s learning onto their Tapestry account to share at school.

Join us on our learning journey…

Autumn 1 ‘Are We All the Same?’

Welcome to the new school year!

The topic this half term is all about getting to know your children; their likes, interests and hobbies.  This will allow the Early Years staff to match learning opportunities and experiences to their fascinations and curiosities which makes settling in fun and exciting.  The staff will support the children in making friendships and relationships with the other children and the adults who work in the setting also.  We will then branch out from getting to know the children themselves to you, their families, and the wider Catshill community too.

Throughout this half term we will introduce and embed the routines and expectations of the Early Years across the classes so that we are working together as a team.


Autumn Term Topics –

This is Me!

We will be learning about ourselves, our families and where we live. We will be building relationships as we meet new children and adults. We will be learning the routines and expectations of the Early Years.

Conkers and Crispy Leaves 

We will be learning about the colours, textures and changes in the world around us. We will observe different weather and what happens to the natural environment as the season progresses.

Monsters and Mayhem!

We will be sharing a range of monster stories such as The Gruffalo, Not Now Bernard and Ten Little Monsters. We will be creating our own monsters using a variety of media and materials. We will explore retelling stories and story settings.