Aims of EYFS

  • To create a caring and inviting environment in which the child’s own efforts and independence is supported and celebrated, enabling children to develop a sense of belonging.
  • To offer a variety of learning opportunities, that are both fun and intellectually stimulating and in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters Framework.
  • To develop a partnership with parents and families that will help staff understand the individual needs of the child.
  • To promote an inclusive environment where individual needs are recognised and respected and the diversity of children’s experiences is valued and integral to their development.



Welcome back after the Easter break, we hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday!

As we begin our final term, we welcome Mrs Bahia and Miss Y. Dyke to Class 1. They will be sharing teaching responsibilities after Mrs Jones began her maternity leave.

During the summer term in Reception, our learning will be centred around the themes ‘No Place Like Home’ where we will be exploring homes of different inhabitants and ‘Ticket to Ride’ which focuses upon different transportation.

We will also learn about exciting events occurring during the term such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Commonwealth Games.

Throughout our learning, we will begin our learning with a story, which will allow our theme to flow between our 7 Areas of Learning. Our learning continues to take place through a mix of adult led and child initiated sessions indoors and outdoors ensuring all activities are open-ended to allow the children to develop various ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.

P.E lessons will resume this week on a new day. Reception will now have their P.E lessons on a Thursday morning and will be required to wear their P.E kit to take part (consisting of black shorts, a white top and pumps). Please ensure both P.E kits and all uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents that no jewellery should be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines, these should not be worn on PE days.

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.

Please ensure that your child brings their reading book to school every day. Now more than ever, it is vital that they have their reading books available in school so that a member of staff can hear them read and further support their learning through the week.

If you have any questions regarding the information shared in this letter, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing our learning through the term.

Reception Team

Class 1                                       Class 2                            Class 3
Mrs K Bahia/Miss Y Dyke          Miss E Karakas             Mrs S McLuskie

Learning Support Staff
Miss S Caine            Mrs G Jones            Miss E Holt

April 2022

December 2021

Video for Home Learning WB 8.3.21


Click on the boxes below for resources for Home Learning WB 8.2.21


Click on the boxes below to see examples of our home learning.


Click on the box below for information about phonics in reception.

Click on the boxes below to find out about school readiness and Hungry Little Minds!


Click on the book icons below. You will find a link to the story as well as activities and ideas to use with the stories.



Welcome back after the Christmas holiday and Happy New Year!

The children had a very busy term settling into their school learning, building new friendships and developing their skills. Each day they have done their best and we certain this will continue into the new term and year. Thank you for the support you have given your children, we are extremely pleased with their attitude to learning and the pride they show in their achievements.

Over the Christmas break, staff gave children their school reading books to share with families and they will be issued with new books, along with a new task in their Purple book by the end of the week.

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

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

Reception Team  

          Class 1                                              Class 2                                      Class 3

Mrs Bennet/Mrs Dell                   Miss Karakas (Year Leader)            Mrs McLuskie

Reception Autumn Term 2020

CLICK HERE    for a selection of photographs from the Autumn Term.

This term, we have welcomed children into their new learning environment, become familiar with the routines and expectations of Reception and made lots of new friends. In between all this, lots of learning has taken place which has resulted in excellent progress! The children have developed their independence, critical thinking and consolidated the skills they have been introduced to and shared their experiences and understanding with their peers and adults.

We have explored the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, shared our knowledge of personal celebrations and traditions and discovered new cultural festivals.

For the last few weeks, we have gone full Christmas within our learning. As the beginning of December, we welcomed class Elves who brought mischief and exciting learning challenges in Maths and Science. We got into the Christmas spirit by decorating our classrooms with Christmas trees and festive class room doors and raised money for Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers. We have fully embraced the glitter and have explored heaps of crafty activities such as Christmas decorations, calendars, cards, and wreaths.

Children learnt about the story of the Christmas Nativity, which they retold in a virtual performance of ‘Lockdown in Bethlehem’. Children thoroughly enjoyed singing Christmas songs and wearing costumes to share the festive story.


We at Elston Hall want all our children to be independent learners, not reliant on everything being done for them.

We appreciate that they are young, but that does not stop them from doing and achieving successfully things in their own time.

Please help your child to develop the ability to make-marks and write by taking part in Dough Disco at home every day.
Make the dough, watch the video and copy the exercises. Have fun!

CLICK HERE for all you need to know about Dough Disco!

Click on the icon below for a video showing you the disco moves!

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

November 2019

Thank you to parents and carers that attended our recent Maths Workshop. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with their adults.
If parents would like more information regarding our Maths provision or some fun online Maths activities please see the presentation and website links below.

 CLICK HERE for the information we shared.



October 2019

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:


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.