Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage

Reception Classes

Play is the work of children.” – Piaget

Click here to view the Reception Welcome Booklet


RM – Mrs Mercer is the class teacher and she is supported by Mrs Beeston and Mrs McCandlish.

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

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 need their P.E. kits kept in school in a bag on their peg. This should be a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and pumps. P.E. kits are sent home at the end of each half term to wash.

Forest School is on Fridays for RTY and Thursday for RM. Please send your children into school dressed for the weather. Long sleeve tops and trousers/leggings/joggers give protection from brambles, insects and falls.

Book Bags need to be brought to school each day with your reading wallet.

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

Statutory Reception Baseline Assessment or RBA for short is carried out by your child’s class teacher or teaching assistant in the first weeks of them starting Reception.

RBA is a short, practical and interactive assessment of your child’s literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school. It is used by the Department of Education to measure your child’s progress from Reception to Year 6.

If you wish to read further on the Reception Baseline Assessment then you can find the parents booklet here:

If you have any questions then please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Join us on our learning journey…

Spring 1 ‘Space!’

We really enjoyed this topic about the moon, astronauts and alien planets. Click the picture to see the book we made. We have read Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson. We loved the rhyme in The Smeds and The Smoos.

Autumn 2  ‘Animals Around the World’

In this topic, we explored different habitats around the world and the many animals that have adapted to survive in these places. We travelled from the freezing Arctic to the jungles of the Amazon. We even had a monkey visit our classroom!

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.