Welcome to Reception, the beginning of an amazing learning journey.

Reception Team

Mrs L Abbey (Class Teacher) Mrs A Wilson (Teaching Assistant) Mrs A Adams (Teaching Assistant) Miss J Curry (Teaching Assistant)

Here, in Reception, your child will begin their learning journey at Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academy in an exciting, stimulating, challenging, safe, fun environment.  It is our aim that all our children have a smile as they enter and leave our class as they learn, make friends, investigate, challenge themselves, persevere, think, listen, talk, laugh, have a go and join in. 

We love learning in Reception.

Before your child even steps through our door they have learnt great deal and we will build on that learning in our Foundation Stage 2 class – we will ensure the ‘foundations of learning’ in our Reception class will support your child now and as they grow.

Most children attend Nursery or Playgroup before they attend, for others school will be their first experience as part of a group.  We will ensure this transition is as smooth as possible.

The aims of the Reception Team are to:

*      Provide a well-planned and resourced curriculum.

*      Help children learn and provide opportunities for all children to succeed.

*      Meet the emotional, spiritual and educational needs of each child.

*      Provide an atmosphere of care and of feeling valued.

*      Encourage each child to become independent.


Parents are children's first and most enduring educators.  When parents and school work together this has a positive impact on your child's development and learning.  We actively encourage parents to become involved in the school, by attending school or PTFA functions.  We also welcome parents into school as voluntary helpers for planned activities such as sewing, cooking, playing language and number games.

Parents often ask what they can do at home to help their child prepare for school:

*      Understand taking turns.

*      Share toys.

*      Respond to questions.

*      Know their own name.

*      Dress and undress independently.

*      Use please and thank you.

*      Sit and listen to stories.

*      Speak clearly and ask for what they need.


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is made up of 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas of learning and development. All areas are important and inter-connected and centre around the individual needs of each Unique Child. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

Communication and Language - Listening and attention, Understanding, Speaking 

Physical Development - Moving and handling, Health and self-care 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness, Managing feelings and Behaviour


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


Literacy – Reading, Writing 

Mathematics - Numbers, Shape, space and measure 

Understanding the World - People and communities, The world, Technology 

Expressive Arts and Design - Exploring and using media and materials, Being imaginative

  1. EYFS Parents Guide
  2. Pirate Newsletter 2019
  3. Pirate Overview 2019 website term 5 and 6
  4. Pirate Vocabulary List 2019