Orleans Primary School - Reception

May I take this opportunity to welcome you into the Lytham C.E family.  This is such a special time in the school life of your child and we look forward to getting to know you and your child.  As they put on their uniform for the first time I’m sure you’ll be brimming with pride but wonder where the time has gone since they were a baby!  We hope that you find all the information you need here but if you want to find out more. Please check out our school blog, school Facebook page and school Twitter account. As always, we are here to make this a memorable year for your child, so never hesitate to contact us and let’s work together to “Grow with God”.


Staff in the EYFS

Class Teachers: Miss V. Harter & Mrs A.Wooldridge

Teaching Assistant: Mrs K. Wilkinson


Life in Reception 

In Reception we continue to work from EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) documentation. This is a statutory curriculum for all children in England and sets out clear goals (Early Learning Goals) which children aim to achieve by the end of Foundation Stage. We plan around children’s interests following their lead in the topics they want to learn about. We set a baseline assessment for all children in Reception using this to plan effectively for children’s next steps. Children enjoy showing us what they can do and are quick to celebrate success. We model resilience throughout the Foundation Stage encouraging children to take risks and accept new challenges using a play based approach. Lessons are planned to be engaging and fun and continue to be assessed daily.

During your child’s time in Reception, they will access a wide range of independent and adult led activities. Your child will spend time every day accessing the environment in the classroom and outdoor classroom. They will join in whole class and group learning activities, in addition to adult directed tasks one-to-one and in small groups.

Reception Children follow the phonics programme “Letters and Sounds” and our school reading scheme. Phonics is taught every day. Tricky words are also taught. Tricky words are words that cannot be sounded out and the children have to learn them by sight. The children learn to blend the sounds they have learnt together to read simple words. Therefore beginning their reading journey.


Reading Books

In Reception, children are encouraged to read regularly. This usually consists of our school banded reading scheme, however they are encouraged to read other age appropriate books as well as spending time listening to adults read. They are given time each day to read at school and we aim for them to read every evening at home. They should record this in their school diary and aim to have this signed by a parent.


Our Topics

Every half term we will have a broad topic title.  Throughout the year, adults and children plan what we will learn.  As inspiration, most of our learning will be based around a story. Working together to shape our learning and experiences means everyone is motivated and engaged in what we do.  Our ideas can take our learning in many exciting directions. For more details on these, please see our termly topic overviews. Which can be found here: 

Curriculum Maps - Spring 2021/2022

Worship and Reflection Areas

We have a dedicated worship and reflection area in class. Here the children are encouraged to spend time reflecting upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and consider how they fulfil each of our Christian values both at school and at home. 


Before and After School

At the beginning of the school day, before registration (8:45am – 8:55am depending on arrival time) the children will have different activities to complete. These are focused on settling the children into school and may consists of revision and practising the skills they have learnt previously.


School finishes at 3:25pm. In Reception, children must be collected from the classroom door by a parent or an appropriate adult. 


General Reminders

Our PE days are initially on Wednesdays, where we focus on our fundamental movement skills however there are always opportunities in the school day to work on our gross and fine motor skills. 


The children will also need their own water bottle in school, which they have access to all day, please make sure that they are clearly labelled.


Useful Websites




If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us, either after school when collecting your child, on Class Dojo, or by arranging a more formal appointment with the school office.

We know that by working together your child with continue to shine and “Grow with God”.


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