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Reception / EYFS

Welcome to Windwhistle Reception Class!


We are really looking forward to meeting you and your child in September and cannot Wait to continue your child’s learning journey at Windwhistle School. Your child will learn through a balance of theme based and child-initiated learning. They will have access to both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Throughout the year we will cover many exciting themes, these are listed below. We will have a staggered transition to help the children settle in and allow us to get to know each unique personality, their likes and dislikes.  



Autumn 1: All About Me

Autumn 2: Autumn and Traditional tales

Spring 1: Winter and Space

Spring 2: Growing and Life Cycles

Summer 1: Animal Habitats

Summer 2: Pirates


About the Early Years Foundation Stage

The children in Reception are working within The Early Years Foundation Stage, which is the foundation to the National Curriculum. Children work towards the ‘Early Learning Goals’ which are split into 7 different strands.

PSED, Physical Development and Communication and Language – are essential and support development in all other areas of learning. Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World & Expressive Arts and Design – include the essential skills and knowledge for children.

The Characteristics of Effective Learning focus on how young children learn and are split into three areas:  Playing and exploring; Active learning and creating and creating and thinking critically. These help develop each child’s unique learning style and build independent and resilient learners.  

Over the course of the year Reception, staff will observe your child and gather evidence to show their progress. We record these observations on an electronic learning diary called Tapestry. You can also contribute to your child’s learning diary and we value your contributions to your child’s learning journey.

We aim to:

Create a happy, safe environment that nurtures and supports all in our school community

Stimulate curiosity, imagination and a desire to investigate and learn.

Provide high quality teaching and learning experiences that are enjoyable, challenging and suited to individual needs

Provide opportunities for parents, carers, staff and the wider community to support the learning of all children

Raise aspirations and open up horizons within the community and the wider world

Encourage children to take responsibility for all they do and to show respect for others

Enhance life chances for every child, family and member of the community by providing access to services and activities through our school in partnership with local providers/extended services

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.


Department for Education