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Welcome to Reception (Monkey Class)


Class Teacher: Mrs Hogarth 


Welcome to Monkey class, an exciting place where Reception children learn alongside children in Years 1 & 2.

How does it work?

Children in Reception are provided with a wealth of child and adult-initiated activities that support your child's progress in achieving their Early Learning Goals (ELGs). 
There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): this is made up of 3 prime areas and 4 specific areas. Each area of learning is important and inter-connected. 

The prime areas are: 

  • Communication and Language (C & L)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) 


Children are also supported in four specific areas, whereby the prime areas are strengthened and applied. 

The specific areas are: 

  • Literacy 

  • Mathematics 

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design 


Planning Overview

The children will be covering the same topics as year 1 and 2, although their learning will look a lot different. Many of the activities for Reception use a hands on approach with different activities set up in the areas of continuous provision. Below is an overview of the topics.