Welcome to Elston Hall Reception  

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.


Thursday 6th December - 2:30pm - Prospective reception parents 2019 - open session.  An opportunity for parents to visit Elston reception and take a look around prior to reception applications.  Please phone Mrs Ireson - reception office and book a place.  

Autumn Term 2018

In Reception we are active learners and over the autumn term we will be supporting your children to settle into their new environment and routine and introducing them to their learning. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their critical thinking, explore their own skills and actively learn. This will continue throughout their time in Reception.  Within Literacy, the children will develop their sound knowledge to support their word and sentence construction and develop their letter formation. During Mathematics, we begin by developing number recognition, counting with accuracy and solving practical number problems alongside forming numbers correctly. Our Topic this term will focus on learning about all about ourselves and we will developing communication, understanding, exploration and design skills through a range of activities such as role-play, creative tasks, outdoor learning and circle time. Throughout your child’s time in Reception, they will be taught through a mixture of teacher led, teacher guided and child initiated learning, both indoors and outdoors. 

We value your support with your child’s learning please support your child with this at home as much as possible.  They have a learning pack with resources that will support learning at home.   

Please ensure your child brings their coat to school each day so they are suitably clothed for outdoor activities (wellingtons if wet weather), PE will take place on a Tuesday and their PE kit will be kept in school. We send home PE kits at the end of each term.

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 year 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

November 2018

Reception had fun following instructions to make poppy biscuits to share with families and worked collaboratively to create  poppies with collage materials for the school remembrance display where we paid our respects.  



Photos from 2017/2018

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.