Reception 2020 - 2021

Mrs Doherty

EYFS Lead.

Miss Ralston

Miss Ralston is an EYFS teacher and leads History.

Miss Leather - Cole

Learning Support Assistant

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Welcome to Early Years Foundation Stage!

Welcome to our EYFS page. This page is designed to give additional information about some of the learning experiences we provide for children during their first year at Much Woolton, as well as an explanation of some of the ways in which we deliver and adapt our curriculum.  If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a term used to describe a child’s life and education from birth to the age of 5.  These years are the most important in every persons’ life.  All experiences and opportunities provided for children in these years, at home or in educational settings, will have a significant impact on their health, happiness and future life chances.  This includes both positive and negative experiences.  We do not underestimate the importance of our role in helping to shape the life chances of all pupils in our care and strive to provide a curriculum which meets the needs of all our children to help them develop as strong, resilient, and happy learners

Through our observations of the children during self-initiated learning, we review and adapt our provision in light of children’s likes and interests.  We ask parents to complete ‘Magic Moments’ slips to share any interests outside of school that we can use to help us plan a motivating and engaging curriculum.  We have broad topic plans for each half term, though these are not prescriptive.  We aim to be flexible to meet the needs of different cohorts and individuals.  There are links to half termly overviews on our Year Group Page

Guiding Principles

There are four key principles that help staff at Much Woolton to design and deliver the Early Years Curriculum.  These are taken from the Early Years Statutory Framework.  We believe that:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships.
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers.
  • Children develop and learn in different ways (see “the characteristics of effective teaching and learning” at paragraph 1.9) and at different rates. This covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. 


There are seven areas of learning and development that form the basis for the Early Years curriculum.  All areas are equally important and inter-connected, although research has shown that the best way to ensure children meet their potential in all specific areas is through a secure foundation exploring them through the prime areas

The Three Prime Areas:

  • Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

The Four Specific Areas

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure .
  • Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

Additional Information

Religious Education – Much Woolton Reception pupils follow the ‘Come and See’ programme used by the whole school.  Children learn about their part in God’s family and about traditions within the church.  They participate in assemblies and visit church for Mass at different points in the term.

Read, Write Inc. – The children all participate in daily phonics lessons following this Ruth Miskin programme.  This helps us to identify their individual next steps to ensure they are ready for reading and writing.  There are many resources available online to help parents support their child's learning.

Home Learning 2020

Our web page has been updated with work in the 'files to download' section of this page. Work will be updated weekly with new tasks to complete. Feel free to tweet your work to us using @muchwooltonFS.

Reading/Phonics - Reading should be done daily if possible. Children should read books that are at an appropriate level – this means they can read most words by themselves but will need help with some. It is important for them to listen to stories read by you and to answer questions about what they have heard and read.  

Please use this link to access Read Write Inc lesson resources;


We have provided some activities for children to complete at home.  The writing activities differ, with the 1 star challenge (first challenge) being the easiest.  Please support your child with these tasks where possible.  There are also maths suggestions, and activities for all other areas of learning.

RE - Our topic is 'Growing'. Please take the time to discuss the period of Lent and Easter with your children. It might be nice to make up some of your own prayers for others during this time.  

In addition to the work provided, please refer to the CEW mat with the ‘tricky words’ that was sent home last week.  Help your child learn to read and spell these words. Children need to be doing daily counting forwards and backwards in ones and twos to 20. If possible, allow children time outside to practise basic skills like catching, throwing and even a little dancing! 


No internet... No problem! 

- Read together, write a magical story, describe your favourite animal, write about the things you can find in the garden, write a movie/book review, make your own phonics cards and do a teddy bear R,W Inc. lesson

- Count objects in your house, make up your own calculations and challenge your family.  Make a giant number-line, measure things, bake a cake and measure your ingredients.  Maybe learn to tell the time (o’clock), count in twos, count how many exercises you can do in a minute.

The whole world can be your classroom! 

We hope that everyone is staying safe and we look forward to seeing everybody again soon.

Mrs Doherty, Miss Quayle and Miss Cole

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