Welcome to Reception –   Hedgehogs Class 

A special place for precious years

The Foundation Stage Curriculum

In Reception we continue the Early Years Foundation Stage which the children begin in Nursery/Preschool. The Foundation Stage Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning.

The 3 prime areas are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language

The Prime areas are the foundations, underpinning all learning.

The 4 specific areas are

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

In order for the children to reach their potential they need to  elicit high involvement in their activities and have a high emotional well-being. We endeavour to give each child a happy experience of their school years whilst at Newdigate. We plan our curriculum with the interests of the children in mind. This enables the children to achieve a high level of engagement, and high learning outcomes.  We also passionately believe in fostering a ‘growth mindset’ in our children so that they know they can achieve and succeed if they keep persevering and are resilient.  Our school Bee Rules, additionally help with this.

We teach reading and phonics using Read Write Inc.

The children initially bring home wordless books telling the story by looking at the pictures. This helps them to develop their story language and to use pictures as a cue to help them when they start reading words.  Following on from this, the children then  bring home Story World books.  There is story text for the adult to read and then the children read the repetitive speech bubbles on each page; whilst pointing to each word. Once the children can recognise some graphemes (sounds) they bring home books with simple sentences. We  use a variety of schemes, including the Oxford Reading Tree, Story World,  and Project X.

Click here for guidance on how to pronounce the phonemes (sounds)


If you have any queries or concerns please do come and speak to us. We are in the playground at 9:50am and you can also talk to us after school or you can ring us.  If you need a longer chat it would be preferable for this to take place after school.
How can you help support your child?

Our expectations are that the children read 4 times a week and take part in the home learning tasks.  We fully understand how tired the children are going to get so if your child is too tired to read please model reading their school reading book to them.  (Or you read a page, and then your child reads a page.)  The sooner this regular routine is implemented the easier it will be for you and your child.

We believe that it is very important for the children to see the close relationship between home and school.  Therefore Home Learning tasks will be set every week.  This allows parents to help their children learn the phonemes (sounds) that they have been taught during the week.

Many parents have found that our school Bee Rules are very useful to use at home as well.

You may find the following links and downloads helpful.

Starfall is a fun website to help children learn their letter phonemes and read simple words

Top Marks provides links to may educational games across the curriculum

In God's hands we learn and grow


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