Class Teacher:

Mr Demski

Learning Support Assistant:

Miss Habermacher



Welcome to Reception.  In Reception, Mr Demski teaches the class and Miss Habermacher is the Reception classroom Teaching Assistant.

The Reception school day begins at 8:55 am and ends at 3:15 pm Monday -Friday.

Reception Staff will be out in the playground each morning at 8:40 am ready to greet parents and children.

If parents/carers wish to discuss any matters then they can email Mr Demski directly using the email address:

Our Reception day

Every morning in Reception, we have a ‘Good Morning’ carpet session that focuses specifically on developing the children’s Communication and Language knowledge and skills.  We also have daily Phonics sessions that support the development of early Reading knowledge and skills.  The morning session in Reception focuses primarily on Literacy and Mathematics areas of learning.  Throughout the week, we focus on all aspects of the Early Years Curriculum through Adult Directed/Supported learning activities, to ensure the children receive a full range of experiences.

Our afternoon sessions, are generally more creative and encourage the children to explore a range of media, materials, imaginative play and engage with the world around them. Our environments are also set up specifically, to enable the children to demonstrate what they know and can do; whilst also encouraging challenge through learning.

The Prime Areas of learning, which include: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development and Communication and Language run seamlessly throughout our setting in all aspects of teaching and learning, they are at the heart of all that we do.

Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.


Daily snack   

Every morning in Reception we offer the children a piece of fruit and a carton of milk, this happens at 10:15am.  This snack time is a very important part of the children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development and teaches the children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle from a young age. The children also have their own, named water bottle so that they can access water independently throughout the morning.  A bagel is also offered each morning on arrival, the children look forward to this as part of their Good Morning routine.

Important weekly events in Reception

Forest School 

 Forest School takes place on alternate Tuesdays for Reception

The children will explore Forest school in all kinds of appropriate weathers, so could you please ensure that they have their Forest School kit with them when it is their turn to participate.

Forest School Kit:

  • Warm waterproof coat.
  • Wellington boots.
  • Older clothes to wear that are appropriate for the time of year to keep the children warm.
  • Spare socks.
  • Long sleeve top
  • In Autumn, Winter – hats, gloves.

For more information about Forest School please click on the link below to our Forest School Page

Forest School


PE takes place on alternate Tuesdays for Reception. 

Children are to come into school wearing their uniform and will get changed into their PE kit in school.


Daily Outdoor physical development

We have daily Physical Development sessions in the outdoor area.  The children really look forward to riding on the bikes, using the balls and moving in a range of ways.  Developing the children’s physical skills is such an important part of their learning at this stage; building large gross motor movements also supports their ability to form recognisable letters with increasingly accurate formation.


Every child reads in class with a member of the Reception team. The children must bring their book bags to school every day.  We do send home a reading diary at the beginning of the year and encourage parents to fill these in each time they read with their child. Staff also complete these diaries, informing parents of how their child reads and what next steps to use to support reading progress. Children will also receive a set of key learning words. All children will begin on yellow words and progress through the colours during the academic year. These words are based on tricky words, high frequency words and words to support their application of phonics. We ask parents/carers to learn these words with their child and to find them in the texts that are sent home.

We are currently using Active Learning and Google classroom in order to keep a record of the children’s reading at home.  We ask that parents share a book with their child each night and then make a comment via the Active Learning site or through Google Classroom.

Reception Weekly Homework

All homework is set via: Google Classroom

Reading and Word Cards will be posted regularly.

Reception children are set one piece of either English or Maths homework every Friday and it is due in on Wednesday.

Google Classroom

Learning Bear Targets

The children are set three specific and individual targets for each term that they are in Reception.   These targets focus on developing their knowledge and skills in the Prime aspects of their learning.  They have one Personal, Social and Emotional target; a Physical Development target and a Communication and Language Target.  Parents and Carers set these targets together, in doing so we are able to truly support the needs of the whole child.

Parent Workshops

Each half term in Nursery and Reception, we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop.  Every workshop will begin with a short presentation explaining ‘what’ and ‘how’ your child learns linked to each aspect of learning during their Early Years Education at MBA.  We hope to be inviting parents in to school soon to take part in workshops, as soon as it is safe to do so.

Half term Parent Workshop Focus:

  • Autumn 1: PSED, healthy eating/Communication and Language
  • Autumn 2: Phonics and Reading
  • Spring 1: Mark Making/Writing
  • Spring 2: Mathematics
  • Summer 1: Understanding the World
  • Summer 2: Expressive Art and Design

 We will inform you at least two weeks before of the date and time for workshops.


Useful EYFS parent websites to support early learning and development

Reception Newsletter

Spring 2 Newsletter

Previous newsletters can be found below


Reception knowledge maps 

To support teaching and learning in Reception, we have created ‘Knowledge Maps’ to help the children to remember key knowledge and subject specific skills, across all aspects of their early learning.  Please click on the links below to view the individual maps and use them to support the children to recall key knowledge that they have been learning.


Reception Knowledge Map Geography

Reception Knowledge Map History

Reception Knowledge Map Art

Reception Knowledge Map Physical Development

Reception Knowledge Map Writing

Reception Knowledge Map Reading

Reception Knowledge Map Shape Space and Measure

Reception Knowledge Map Number


other information


Curriculum Map


Statutory Reception baseline assessment

Please click on the link below for more information. 


It explains that this year the Department for Education introduced a statutory Baseline Assessment for Reception age children on entry to school.

What will this look like for your child in school?

Your child will not need to prepare for the assessment.  They will sit with a familiar member of staff (Mrs Johnson) and carry out some practical tasks, such as simple counting and language activities.

They will remain in their classroom and be constantly praised for their fantastic hard work.

The Department for Education will only use the data they receive from this assessment to measure the progress of your child’s year group from Reception to year 6. Data from their assessments will not be shared with parents, teachers, the children or any external bodies.

If you have any further questions, we are more than happy to answer them.


What we are up to…

Our children and staff, are extremely proud of the learning that takes place in our Reception classroom everyday.  The children are working so hard to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of their learning; they are very active and independent learners.

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