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.


Summer Term 2019

Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday!  This term, our learning will focus on the topic of ‘Growth’, where we will begin by exploring the story of ‘Supertato’! Through the term, we will explore how vegetables grow and even have a go at planting and caring for seeds to grow our own fruit and vegetables. We will use stories linked to our topic as a foundation for our Literacy, Maths and Creative learning. 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 information about our learning in this term, please click on the Summer Term Curriculum Overview.

Please continue to support your child’s reading at home as much as possible. We remind you that children’s books need to be in school every day. We would also encourage you to write a comment in their home/school diary, building their confidence and the link between home and school. Any extra practise at home is always welcome and greatly appreciated!
Children have enjoyed sharing their learning at home through work in their purple book. We hope that children continue to show pride and enthusiasm when completing their tasks and we look forward to seeing their creations.

Please return P.E kits for the Summer Term and ensure both PE kits and uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

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 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.  

Thank you for your continued support.

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

Spring 2019

Over the spring term, the children have been very busy making excellent progress across the curriculum as well as developing and strengthening friendships.
We began our term discovering a dinosaur footprint in school, which excited the children immensely. This became the focus for our learning where we learnt all about dinosaurs.

This term we celebrated World Book Day, and the children learnt all about the author behind stories such as the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed painting their favourite characters and retelling many stories. 


We also celebrated Pancake Day this term, by learning to write instructions to make a pancake and also designing and making our very own healthy pancakes. They were very tasty!


Towards the end of the term, we began looking at the changes between seasons and identifying signs of spring. We were able to spot lots of signs that spring had definitely sprung in our outdoor environments from buds, blossom and bluebells growing to observing tadpoles in our pond! 


During the last week of term, Reception visited Ray’s Farm in Bridgnorth for our Topic ‘The Farm’. The children had an excellent time, seeing lots of different animals, meeting some very friendly goats and taking a walk into the Fairytale Forest. 




Autumn 2018

Over the Autumn term we made excellent progress with our learning and were productive in our learning through many interactive and enjoyable activities.
The children have developed their critical thinking, explored and consolidated the skills they have been introduced to and shared their experiences and understanding with their peers and adults.  
We have been making new friends and developing relationships through sharing, understanding and listening.

Reception have enjoyed raising money for different charities this term, from Children in Need where we wore spotty clothes and held a bake sale and wore Christmas jumpers and ate a delicious Christmas lunch!





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




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.