Kings Road, Walsall, West Midlands WS4 1JJ


Radleys Primary School

Learning and Growing Together


         Welcome to Reception Class! 


 Our teachers are Miss Whitehouse and Mrs Parton 


What is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)?

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the time in your child's life between birth and age five. The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework sets out the learning and development which guide professionals' engagement with your child's play and activities as they learn new skills and knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through the 7 areas of learning. These include 3 prime areas:

  • Communication and Language;
  • Physical development; and
  • Personal, Social and Emotional development.

These prime areas are most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow and develop, the prime areas will help them to develop skills and knowledge in 4 specific areas of learning which are:

  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding of the World; and
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child's learning and activities. Teachers will ensure that the range of adult led and child initiated  activities provided are suited to each child's unique needs. This is a little bit like a primary or secondary curriculum but it is suitable for very young children. It is designed to be flexible so staff can plan according to children's specific needs and interests with a strong emphasis on learning through play.

To find out more, simply visit the DFE EYFS Framework or the parent's guide What to expect, when?


How is my child's timetable organised?

 Click here for a basic overview of your child's daily timetable/routine.

Remember though, our timetable is subject to change to suit children's needs and interests.


How does my child learn to read and write?

In Reception we have daily and discrete phonics lessons. Teachers use the Letters and Sounds  Government document which aims to build on children's listening and speaking skills and prepare children for reading by developing their phonic knowledge. In Reception we begin following phase 2 in the Autumn term and gradually move onto Phase 3 when the children are ready to develop their skills further; in these phases children will learn letter to sound correspondences and learn how to blend these sounds together for reading and break them up (segmenting) for spelling.

Take a look at the letters and sounds website to find out more  

Alongside discrete daily phonics sessions we also offer group guided reading sessions 3-4 times a week. Not only will this enhance and develop children's reading skills but will also promote a love of reading;  an important factor at this stage in their school life. To support your child at home it is imperative that your child is read to or heard read as often as possible, just a few minutes a day can make all the difference! Research strongly links reading to children's overall educational success! We thank you for your continued support.

Children must bring their reading folders every day and use them to keep any letters to the teacher safe. Please record any notes/comments in the record book provided. Reading books will be changed as often as possible (at least once per week) and with increasing regularity as the year progresses. 


Other useful information:

Topics for the year:

Autumn Term 1 - Can we be Friends?

Autumn Term 2 - Why do Squirrels hide their Nuts?

Spring Term 1 - Are Carrots Orange?

Spring Term 2 -  Why do Ladybirds have spots?

Summer Term 1 - Can you tell me a Story?

At the beginning of each half term, a topic overview will be provided. However, in the Early Years we are often subject to change as we always strive to follow the interests of the children to ensure a love of learning. Please see here for the yearly curriculum overview.



Homework in Reception

Each fortnight your child will come home with a newsletter. This will contain a brief 'talk homework task'.This will usually be based around the topics/themes we are learning about. These types of activities are essential for supporting your child's learning and progression in school and can usually be done in the car, whilst shopping or even whilst having a bath. Additional homework activities may also be provided to help support or extend your child's learning. Again, we are appreciative of your support!

Here are some other activities you can be doing to support your child's learning and development:

  • Sharing books and stories, rhymes and poems;
  • Talk about the numbers, colours and letters you see when you are out and about;
  • Allow your child to cut out and stick with pictures from magazines;
  • Plant seeds or bulbs in a pot or garden patch;
  • On a trip to the supermarket talk about the different shapes of packaging;
  • Cook and bake together;
  • Use the weather - shadows, rain, snow, wind, mist and sun to extend your child's vocabulary.

Websites to support and enhance children's development:


Remember - Home reading books to be returned every day!

P.E. in Reception

 P.E. in Reception is on a Monday. Your child will need a pair of black shorts, a red t.shirt and black pumps. Please ensure every item of clothing, and their bag, is clearly named. We keep P.E. bags in school throughout the half term as they provide the children with a comfortable change of clothes should their uniform become in any way soiled. A spare pair of underwear is also recommended. Should you wish to take your child's P.E. kit home to wash before half term, let the teacher know in the morning and we will ensure it is sent home to you. 


A final note!

If you have any questions about any aspect of your child or school, please do not hesitate to book an appointment with the class teacher or come and have a chat at the end of the day.