Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery


Welcome to Reception

Throughout the year the children will be taught in a cross-curricular way, through half-termly themes, being educated from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Click here to find out more about EYFS).

The children are provided with play-based learning opportunities in which to observe, explore and investigate.  The children’s existing knowledge will be ascertained before each theme and they will be given the opportunity to have input into their learning by suggesting what they would like to find out about.

This year our topics are:

  • All about me/People who help us

  • Festivals & Celebrations

  • Transport

  • On the Farm

  • Castles

  • Dinosaurs

The children will also have the opportunity to take part in some school trips relevant to these subjects, for example: to the local church during our ‘Festivals & Celebrations’ topic and to Hatton Adventure World during our ‘On the Farm’ topic.

All children in Reception will also be visiting the theatre as part of our ‘Over & Above’ programme. For our Reception children, this means having the opportunity to go on a trip to watch live theatre, and growing their own food to cook a meal for their family.

The children are able to free-flow across three rooms and an outdoor area, when learning independently.  They are also asked to complete several adult-led activities throughout the week.  This includes a group (guided) read, a group (guided) write, a maths activity, a handwriting activity and any other topic-based activities.  In addition to this each child will be heard read on an individual basis by either a teacher or teaching assistant.  Extra reading may also take place where necessary.

Children will have five reading books to take home each week.  They will be heard once a week by a teacher or teaching assistant on an individual basis.  Once a week they will also read with a group of children to a teacher or teaching assistant.  Children will change their own books, within whichever colour band they are on.  Parents should record in their child’s reading diary when they have read at home.

The children in Reception have a 20 minute daily phonics session.  In this they practise making different sounds and orally blending and segmenting words.  They also learn Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and graphemes.  The children then progress onto Phase 4 phonics in which they practise all of the Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and learn about adjacent consonants.

In Maths the children build up mathematical language relating to number and space, shape and measure, such as longer, shorter, square, cylinder, behind, in front, add, subtract etc.  They learn about patterns of shape, colour and number and learn about repeating and symmetrical patterns.  They also learn to count, recognise and order numbers and begin to solve simple problems.

The children will have two sessions of Physical Education a week, one with a qualified sports coach, and one with their class teacher. This year Reception will have their lessons on Monday & Thursday.

It is important for the children to become independent and so the children learn to take responsibility for their own belongings and their learning. They are encouraged to attempt daily routines such as dressing themselves, fastening coats and feeding themselves independently. They learn the expectations of school and develop friendships, learning how to play and learn co-operatively and collaboratively.

You can find more information about timings of the school day, lunch time arrangements and uniform, by clicking here.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to talk to the class teachers or teaching assistants when you drop off or collect your child. Alternatively if you leave a message with the school office we will get back to you.

Click here to play lots of games that will help your child learn about sounds and phonemes.

Click here to play a game that will help your child learn the sounds that letters make. It will also show you and your child how each letter should be formed.