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
Mrs Bennett/ Mrs Dell Miss Karakas Mrs McLuskie
Learning Support Staff
Miss Caine, Mrs Jackson, Mrs Jones and Mrs Stanford
For information about the Early Years Curriculum click on the link below.
Click on the links below for information regarding phonic and spelling teaching in reception:
For your information regarding the taking of photos in school, click on the link below:
Information about Dough Disco CLICK HERE
Reception children were very lucky to have some of their parents join them during their Phonics Learning. Parents were able to gain an understanding of how we teach Phonics and how to support their children at home. Parents were able to gain an insight into learning in the classroom by seeing their children during a Phonics lesson and join in with some fun Phonics activities! We really appreciate parents and carers for taking time out of their morning to share in our learning.
If parents would like more information regarding Phonics or some fun online Phonics activities please visit these websites:
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.
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!
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
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.
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.