Welcome to Reception's Web Pages

A very committed staff team, all working together as a unit, very keen to develop and constantly striving to move things forward. 


'Teaching is good. A particular strength is the way adults continually monitor children’s learning, intervening to help them think through their ideas with a good balance of questions and information. This develops children’s understanding well, extends their vocabulary and ensures that they are engaged and interested by the activities. This maximises their learning.'  Ofsted 2015


We have a wonderful team of adults who work incredibly hard to provide the children with an exciting, stimulating and fun experience in the Early Years Department.  As this is a very important stage of your child’s life, we work hard to establish learning habits into the children that will enable them to progress throughout their school life. 

The support of parents is vital to our work at SMFR and we value any input parents, children or other stake-holders would be willing to share with us.  Please feel free to talk to your child’s class teacher about any issues or ideas you may have. 

The children will learn through a wide range of topics over the course of the year and we strive to make the topics as child-led as possible, therefore from time to time the topics can be different to the overview we publish.

This term’s theme is ‘Ourselves’ – learning about our bodies and the people around them in their new setting. As a lot of the children’s learning is play-based, the following skills will be achieved throughout the course of the term:

English: mark making, name writing, phonics (SATPINJOCK) and number writing. 

Maths: numbers to 10 (and beyond – Reception), basic shape names (and properties – reception), measurement vocabulary and positional language.

Computing: completing iPad apps independently.

Science: our bodies and the 5 senses.

PE / Games: Dance

PSHCE:  Settling In 

Home Learning is sent home on a Thursday and will usually comprise of one piece of homework.  It is handed in on the following Tuesday unless stated on the task. We love hearing about how your child has found the homework and welcome any extra information you would like to share with us noted in the homework book. We also encourage any WOW moments to be documented in the homework book so that your child can celebrate this in class. If there are any problems with Home Learning, please send a note in via the Home/School Communication Book or come and see one of us so that we can help!


Reading at home with your child is one of the most important ways you can support your child’s learning throughout the curriculum.  Therefore, it remains vitally important that you read with your child at home and discuss their reading as much as possible.  Reading at home does not always have to be the school reading book; it could be a book they have at home, a comic or part of a newspaper (First News is a child-friendly paper). If your child read another book other than their reading book, it is really helpful to note this in the child’s reading record so the class teacher can see how the child is doing at home with their reading.


As children in Early Years are very young, it is suggested that they are provided with a spare change of clothes that is kept at school. All uniform and PE kit (including shoes) should be clearly labelled with the child’s name. The children are provided with fruit and free milk is available for the children before they turn 5 years old. 

 We would like to thank you for your support throughout the term