The Reception day is from 8.55am – 3.05pm


There are three full time Reception teachers.

A Typical Day

  • 8.45: Doors open
  • 8.55: Children self register and enjoy a range of child initiated learning activities.
  • 9.30: Register and welcome. Children learn to problem solve in practical contexts through counting dinners and sandwiches, children who are present or absent and learning days and months.
  • 9.35: Whole class Phonics lesson. Children are taught three sounds per week through interactive learning using songs and actions, magnetic letters and individual whiteboards.
  • 9.55 – 10.10: Whole class snack time. A chance to teach good manners and to catch up with children’s news.
  • 10.15 – 11.15: Child initiated and adult led activities inside and outside. Focused phonics activities in small teacher led groups.
  • 11.20: Whole class Maths time. Children are taught counting, making sets, shape, space and measure and problem solving through practical activities
  • 11.45 – 1.00pm: Lunch Time.
  • 1.05 – 1.15pm: ‘Five a Day’. A fun, five minute routine which encourages fitness, focus and learning.
  • 1.15 – 1.30pm: Whole class topic teaching time. Children are taught a wide range of topics throughout the year. The topic sessions are usually taught through the use of story or interactive whiteboard resources.
  • 1.30 – 2.45: Child initiated and adult led activities inside and outside. Focused topic activities in small teacher led groups.
  • 2.45 – 3.05pm: Story time.

During the summer term we prepare children for Year One by introducing more formal teaching approaches including Guided Reading, which we lead on a daily basis. We have five ability based groups. They complete a carousel of activities throughout the week which include: a Guided Reading session led by the class teacher; a guided writing session led by the TA; a free writing activity linked to the topic/book; a phonics game and a free reading activity.

We also introduce whole class formal handwriting sessions three times a week so that all children are used to sitting and working at a table.

The children also attend a weekly celebration assembly throughout the year, so they are also used to the behaviour required at assembly time.


The children’s uniform is the same as the rest of the school. A uniform list is available here »