New Information


In Early Years we have always encouraged parents to contribute to our children’s Learning Journals. Maths with Parents has been a great help with this and we welcome Wow Moments throughout the year sharing achievements at home and in hobbies. We know that our Richmond Hill parents look forward to taking their children’s Learning Journal home with them at the end of the year as a great keepsake showing their start in school. With this is mind we hope you can help us to continue documenting the journeys our children are taking through Early Years. 

Above shows ‘Development Matters’ statutory guidance we use to support every child’s learning and development. Development Matters 30-50 Month band is a guidance for our Nursery children. Development Matters 40-60 Month band is a guidance for our Reception children. 

Observe your children as they act and interact in their play, everyday activities and planned activities, and make short notes of what you observe them doing independently. Take photos and when we return to school we will invite you to share your(or their) favourite 5 photos with us and these, along with your valuable observations, will go into Learning Journals to show what a fabulous job you are all doing at home and how much children can develop in a (hopefully) short space of time.

Enjoy your children and stay safe,

Miss Johnson and Mrs O’Keeffe ❤️

New Learning:

Daily virtual lessons for children
From Monday 23rd March we’re scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:
  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.
We’re also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available on YouTube to watch again and again. 
A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!
Films for parents
Films for parents to help their child learn to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics are available on our website and YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will have a quick face-lift to help parents find the films easily. We’re adding a parent film to Facebook every day too.

Key Learning for our Early Years children is  Read Write Inc Phonics, we have direct links to the RWI site with guidance for parents and resources for you to share with your child/ren.  A little bit and often is the best way forward to keep their current skill level active – enjoy and make learning fun!


The following links share both our Maths Mastery topic and our Cornerstones topic planning for Summer 1 half term: Week 1

Numbers within 20

Maths Unit 12 Summer week 1

Timetable Summer week 1

Why do Ladybirds have Spots?

Timetable Summer week 1

Access Active Fusion through Social Media

Click on the hyperlink below to access CBeebies online home learning activities:     

Learning Projects from RobinhoodMAT

Literacy Activities

Maths Activities

Maths Mastery

Twinkl offer one months free access and have provided lesson packs for all year groups.  Click the link below or go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for a collection of Interactive Go!

Literacy Activities

Maths Activities

Maths Mastery



ICT Coding

Physical Activities

Welcome to Reception

We have two Reception Classes

Meet the FS staff:

Miss Johnson – F2 Class Teacher/EYFS Lead

Mrs O’Keeffe – F2 Class Teacher/Assistant Principal

Mrs Frost – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mrs Worboys – Learning Support

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.

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

In F2

Our new learning is based on technology with our topic question Can I Switch it On?

Recharge your batteries, plug in your brainpower and switch on your senses; it’s time to tune in and turn on to technology. This half term, we will make a Skype call to our friends in the class next door, harnessing the power of technology to ask and answer questions on screen. Throughout the project, we will use a wide variety of equipment. Digital cameras will help us to record the beauty of our local environment, computers and tablets will be used to record audio stories, and we will use a keyboard, mouse and PC to write and draw. We will use a variety of software and explore paint packages to create Jackson Pollock-style pictures. Our programming skills will improve when we use commands to move robots around the floor and we will compare technology from the past to the technology we have today. At the end of the project, we will read storybooks that will help us to understand e-safety messages and remind us that it is sometimes important to switch off technology and have fun with our friends and families. In Maths Mastery lessons, we will be focusing on Addition and Subtraction within 10; Working with Numbers to 15; Grouping and Sharing; Doubling and Halving. Children will be challenged to work at greater depth through developing questioning and reasoning skills along with problem solving.

Reading and Writing is based on Read Write Inc Phonics, when the children are ready, they will bring home the phonic reading book that they have worked on during the week. Children are encouraged to read daily, sharing stories with adults and joining in with known repeated refrains.   We celebrate home reading with our ‘reader leader’ initiative, children are rewarded with merits and team tokens when three reads per week are recorded in their reading diaries. Watch out for other rewards and comments in their reading diaries.

F2 Diary

Children are encouraged to change their free choice book daily

Monday – Reader Leader day

Tuesday – PE Please bring a full PE kit

A typical day in F2

8.50 Registration

9.00 – 10.00 Phonics

10.00 – 10.15 Maths Meeting

10.15 – 10.30 Snack

10.30 – 11.00 Assembly/1-1 support

11.00 – 11.15 Playtime

11.15 – 12.15 Maths Mastery

12.15 – 1.15 Lunchtime

1.15 – 3.00 Topic and Continuous Provision

3.00 – 3.30 Story time and ready for home

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. Once your child has reached Read Write Inc Red Ditty level they will bring home the reading book they have worked on during the week, this is to promote their reading fluency.   The love of reading is promoted daily with favourite books read and re-read, we recognise that book sharing with adults is the most effective interaction that supports your child’s literacy development.  Choosing a free choice story book for you to read to your child is actively encouraged throughout Reception and continues into Key Stage 1.



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