Welcome to Elston Hall Reception  

Reception Autumn 2018 Intake Induction Meeting is May 22nd at 4.30pm       CLICK HERE for more information

At Elston Hall all children are given the opportunity to experience the best possible start to their education.
Learning in Reception follows national guidance for Early Years Foundation. This follows directly on from foundations built during nursery education, whether at Elston Hall or an alternative setting.
We ensure children in Reception establish a solid foundation for learning which continues to be built on as they enter Year 1. This will ensure they continue to flourish throughout their school years and beyond.
During your child’s time in Reception, they will develop: physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.


Aims of Reception  
  • To encourage all children to develop their full potential through a caring, secure and stimulating environment.
  • To provide a well planned, balanced and differentiated curriculum with a wealth of experiences with the children at the centre. 
  • To allow all children to acquire skills that develop them as individuals and support their understanding.
  •  To ensure a positive working relationship between home and school.

Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday! 

We will begin our term of learning with the topic ‘The Farm’ where we learn about the different animals and the role of a farmer. We will also get the opportunity to see a real farm when we visit Ray’s Farm in May. We will use Traditional Tales as a foundation for our Literacy, Maths and Creative learning, for example, experimenting with different construction materials to build the Three Little Pigs houses. Our learning takes place through a mix of adult led and child initiated sessions indoors and outdoors. Many activities are open-ended to allow the children to develop various ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.

For more details about our learning this term click on the Summer Term Overview.

We are continually in need of ‘spare uniform’ especially underwear, tights and socks if you have any that you no longer require, we would be very grateful for any donations. Thank you to those parents who have returned any borrowed items or donated uniform already this year. 

We operate an open door policy, so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Reception team if you have any questions or messages, Staff will be available at classroom doors at 8:45am and the end of school at 3:20pm.  

We are looking forward to a fun filled term of learning.

For information about the Early Years Curriculum click on the link below.

 Early Years Curriculum Information

 Characteristics of Effective Learning

Click on the links below for information regarding phonic and spelling  teaching in reception:

Autumn Term Phonics

Spring Term Phonics

Summer Term Phonics

Autumn Term Common Exception Words

Spring Term Common Exception Words

Summer Term Common Exception Words

For your information regarding the taking of photos in school, click on the link below:

Guide to the Use of Images Online

Information about Dough Disco  CLICK HERE

May 2018

Reception really enjoyed our visit to Rays Farm; here we continued our learning about animals and the farm. During the day we had chance to visit the Fairy tale Forest, where we were able to see the Crooked Man and his house, Humpty Dumpty and lots of wild garlic growing amongst the trees. Many children thought it smelt of garlic bread! We were able to see and stroke many farm animals, including sheep, donkeys, goats and horses! We also got to see lots of unusual animals, such as alpacas, reindeer, owls and a llama called Carlos! We saw many young farm animals too, were able to spot baby kids, chicks and lambs. Our teachers all said we were very well behaved, unlike some of the naughty goats that escaped to follow us around the farm! We had lots of fun during our visit to the farm and learned even more. The children’s behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding throughout the day, children shared their experiences and new knowledge confidently in discussions back at school. 




Autumn Term

Over the Autumn term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well making lots of friends and always having fun along the way.

Through our Topic, ‘All About Me’, the children explored the body and senses which then led into keeping healthy and importance of hand washing and brushing teeth.

November 2017

Reception thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Birches Valley on Cannock Chase, where we explored a Christmas Trail and had the chance to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto! As we walked through the trail, we were able to find all 9 of Father Christmas’ reindeer. We were even lucky enough to say ‘hello’ to the Gruffalo along the way! After we completed the Christmas Trail, it was time for lunch! It was one of the quietest times of the day and we all enjoyed our packed lunches. After we had eaten, we made our way to Father Christmas’ Grotto where we discovered some of his reindeer resting in the stable. Inside the grotto, we saw many Christmas trees and had the chance to observe a scene from the Nativity. We all had time to talk to Father Christmas and share what presents we would like to receive. We were lucky enough to receive two gifts from Father Christmas; a Christmas tree sapling and a badge! We finished our day waving goodbye to Father Christmas and the staff at Birches Valley and sang songs from our Nativity play on the coach journey home.

Our visit to Birches Valley was lots of fun; our teachers were very proud of our sensible behaviour and excellent manners. The children’s behaviour and enthusiasm was outstanding throughout the day, children were excited to share their experiences and new knowledge in discussions back at school.