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Welcome to our Reception Classes – Ms. Caller and Mrs Kilbourne's Tulip Class and Mrs Oliver's Sunflower Class.

The children usually join Reception at the beginning of the Autumn term in the academic year in which they have their fifth birthday. New pupils are welcome at any time, if there are spaces available.

We are committed to delivering a high quality Early Years Curriculum. However, we continue to place emphasis on literacy and numeracy so that the foundations of learning are in place. The children are then ready to start applying them to a broader base of subjects.

The day is organised to enable the children to take part in a variety of child-initiated and adult-led activities.

Each child has a Reading Folder which goes between school and home each day along with a reading book, spelling book and contact book. Children have one to one time each day in school to hear their reading. We encourage parents to reinforce this at home. The children also visit the Library Bus to borrow books to take home.

We cover a range of topics over the year such as: ‘About Us’, ‘Our Bodies’, ‘People who help us’ and ‘Space’. The experiences and interests of our children inspire many of our topics. For example, we have learnt more about London after one of our children went on a day trip there.

A specialist teacher gently introduces French words and an understanding of French culture each week to our children. Children also have weekly music and singing lessons by a specialist teacher.

Learning regularly takes place outside of the classroom with trips and visits to places such as Kent Life, Wingham Wildlife park, the local woodlands and local park.

Children attend the twice-weekly Infant assemblies and participate when it is their class’ turn to give an Assembly. They are encouraged to participate in ‘show and tell’ during Assembly time. This is a way of telling the rest of the children and teachers what they did on the weekend or during their holiday for example. This helps develop self-confidence and presentation skills in a small and supportive environment.


Children’s reading is listened to daily at school, on a one to one basis. We ask parents to hear their child read daily after school. Homework set might include spellings introduced when they are ready.

Parents are encouraged to help their child investigate further into the topics we study at school. We encourage their child to bring in a related book or object from home for our topic table. The children take turns to bring the Bryony bears – Monti or Benji - home for the weekend and contribute to their diaries.


In addition to the uniform list. Children will need to have a named large pencil case in school. It should contain the following: eraser, 2 sharp HB pencils, coloured pencils and pens and a short ruler. All equipment should be named.

Please provide your child with a named water bottle and table napkin in a soft case.

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