Reception 2023 - 2024

Mrs Knight

Welcome to Reception!  We are a dynamic and focused team which aims to excite and inspire our class. Our primary focus is learning through play and exploration. We strive to create a warm and stimulating environment where learning is fun. We engage in activities that promote and extend children's curiosity and awareness of their world and we encourage children to grow in confidence, self-esteem and independence. Every child receives an enjoyable yet challenging experience, tailored to meet their own individual needs. We feel very strongly about this and communicate regularly with you, as parents or carers, so we can deliver personalised learning suited to your child's individual development.

Our planning is based on the children's interests and follows the The Early Years Foundation Stage which is the statutory curriculum for all children up to five. The curriculum not only sets the educational criteria for the learning and development of children up to the age of 5 years but also shapes the high standards of practice.

A We place a high value on the teaching of reading, writing and phonics. Alongside a taught daily phonics session the children work on activities to develop their  understanding and application of their phonic skills. This manifests itself in their writing and their individual and guided reading activities. From September we will follow the Ready Steady Phonics programme.

Mathematical activities are planned into our daily teaching and are often practical and fun - the children are taught key skills and concepts which they then apply in their own child initiated play. We use White Rose Maths as a basis for planning.

We do Forest School on a Thursday afternoon. Through our Forest School activities we teach a lot of science, art and language skills. We also develop maths and literacy skills through fun and engaging  activities in the woods.

On a Friday morning a PE specialist  works with us to develop the children's gross motor skills through games and sports activities.

Our team includes:

Mrs Claire Knight – Specialised Early Years Teacher. Claire is a highly experienced teacher who has a PGCE specialising in   Early   Years teaching and a Masters in Education, focusing on early   literacy and   writing development. Claire works closely with her team  and our parents to   ensure the smooth running of the unit.

Mrs Lynne Nicholas – Specialist Early Years teaching assistant.  Lynne    is  highly experienced in her role and has enjoyed many years teaching    children in Nursery and Reception.

Mrs Diana Kinsey - HLTA with a wealth of experience working with children from Nursery to Year Two.

Mrs Cathy Davies - Teaching Assistant. Jill is highly experienced working with children across the school.

Mrs Lynne Barlow - Teaching Assistant with lots of experience working with  children across the school.

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Contact the School

Duddon St Peter's Primary School

Tarporley Rd

Head teacher:
Paul Hudson B. Ed., NPQH

Main Contact: Abigail Langan

Tel: 01829 781366

SEN Contact: Holly Tench

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