Welcome to Reception

At Richmond Hill Primary Academy we provide the secure, homely and loving environment that is so essential in meeting the needs of each child, ensuring that well-being and involvement is our paramount concern as we settle your child into their new learning environment.

We combine flexibility with a comforting structure wherein each child is an individual. Individual needs are highly respected. Self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence and independence are developed.

A partnership with parents is fostered and valued and we ask you to help us as partners in developing your child’s learning. We hope that in encouraging an effective partnership between home and school, we can help your child become an independent learner. It is very important to us that your child is happy at Richmond Hill. We have an open door policy and parents are welcome to come and speak with us if they have a query.

Home visits for our new Nursery children are a very important part of our induction arrangements to ensure your child has a smooth transition from home or their present Early Years provider. Our Nursery children are given a two week transition period at the end of the current academic year; this is a time for them to become familiar with their new environment, the adults they will learn together with and changes in their daily routines. This gives our youngest children a great start for September making transition as seamless as possible.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

  • That each child should be provided with the opportunities, skills and environment that enables them to develop into active, confident and independent learners.
  • To foster an effective partnership between home and school.
  • To maintain a safe but challenging environment in which each child can be helped to develop to his/her full potential.
  • To develop social, moral, cultural and spiritual awareness in our children.
  • To foster in the children a belief in their own worth and enable each child to become increasingly confident, independent and able to make their own considered choices.
  • To ensure that each child regardless of gender, race, culture or ability, is given an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.
  • That there is continuity between Reception classes and Key Stage One and effective liaison to support this transition.
  • To develop a positive approach to the acquisition of new skills that will provide a firm foundation for future learning.


At Richmond Hill Primary School, we believe that well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, children can develop an understanding of the world around them. They can practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills. They learn how to control impulses and to understand the need for rules. They can take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively.

During play children learn how to communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems. They are able to express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations. They can be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings. We can help children to learn through their play by planning and resourcing a challenging environment, supporting children’s learning through planned play activity, extending and supporting children’s spontaneous play and developing children’s language and communication in their play.

As the children progress through the Foundation Stage the child initiated ratio to adult led activities reduces as we prepare our children for transition into Year 1- the first year in the next key stage of their academic career known as Key Stage 1.

Learning Independence

Before starting school, it is helpful if your child could do some or all of the following.

  • Dress and undress independently (as they will need to do this for P.E.)
  • Change their shoes and tie their shoe laces if required
  • Use the toilet properly
  • Wash and dry hands
  • Tidy away toys
  • Use a handkerchief
  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Put on their coat and do the zip or buttons up
  • Write their name
  • Play a range of games

Typical Day

Our day is always very busy and we do different activities every day but an example of a day for our Reception children would be…

8.55-9.00am 9.05-9.30am 9.30-9.50am 9.50-10.10am 10.10-11.00am 11.00-11.15am
Register Read Write Inc phonics Maths Meeting Assembly – Pre-Maths Learning Mathematics, hands on learning and investigating Milk, Fruit and Playtime
11.15am-12.15pm 12.15pm-1.15pm 1.45-2.45pm 2.45-3.00pm 3.00-3.15pm 3.30pm
Literacy, reading and writing activities – developing skills based around a quality, reading books Lunch Topic Work followed by Activity time: focus on cutting skills, construction, playing with small world toys, investigating the natural world, etc. Circle time Guided Reading – a shared read based on children reading along with class teacher then working on comprehension skills through targeted questioning Home time

Home Learning

During your child’s time in our Foundation Stage home learning will be based on reading. We encourage shared reading and value your comments about the stories you share with your children at home. As the year progresses children will be encouraged to complete weekly spellings based on their phonic knowledge.

Foundation 2 Diary

Monday Spelling Activity New spellings sent home (when appropriate)
Tuesday PE Please bring full PE kit
Friday Forest School Please bring suitable outdoor clothing including wellies (alternate weeks)

Transition into Reception: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

During our transition sessions we focused on special relationships based on the children’s favourite teddy bears. We shared a variety of stories based on a variety of bears. We had fun cutting out bears and ordering numbers to 15. Then ordering bears in size orders- we started with the smallest and then changed over to start with the largest. To develop our creative skills we painted and drew our favourite teddy bears.

We had an amazing adventure hunting for natures’ treasure in our woodland area; we found twigs, tiny conkers, leaves, grasses and mole hills. We decided to build mole hill castles, making roofs tops to create sun shades for the moles. Phew what a busy time!

We completed our transition activities with a Teddy Bears’ picnic.

We have had an amazing time since we started full time school in September.

We have been learning to read and write, to play music and sing along on the karaoke machine. We have been counting, making number exhibitions and smashing numbers to find how many numberbonds each number has. We have been visiting our woodland area finding shapes, hunting for sticks and stones then sorting them by size, shape and weight. We have been learning Spanish, computing and how to stay safe online. We have been creating paintings, drawings and collages to show our ideas about Autumn. This is just a taste of our busy days working inside and out, sharing and taking turns, making lots of new friends helping each other to solve problems and learn together.

Meet the team…

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