New to Reception

Welcome to Fair Furlong!

We are a happy and dedicated team who love to engage the children in investigating, exploring and developing learning both inside the classroom and out. We believe that it is important that our youngest children are encouraged to learn in an environment that enables them to make choices and to assume responsibility for their learning by following their interests and enthusiasms.

Our classes are run by experienced early years teachers and teaching assistants and both classrooms have indoor and outdoor space for the children’s to develop their skills. We have a large garden that offers further opportunities for nature investigations, sand, digging, water play, building, imaginative play and more!  We also make use of the wider school environment including the forest, school library and field.

The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework is utilised to support an integrated approach to the learning, development and care of the children. In EYFS the three prime areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development

We place great emphasis on these three areas as it is important that we ignite our children’s curiosity, encourage their enthusiasms and build their capacity to learn, to form relationships and to thrive.

These three prime areas are strengthened and applied through the four specific areas of:

  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design 
  • Underpinning these seven areas of learning are the characteristics of effective learning
  • playing and exploring
  • active learning
  • creating and thinking critically

Planning includes the delivery of a themed approach to learning through topics, selected by the children and guided by adults.  The children in reception follow a daily routine which allows adults to plan learning opportunities that best meet the needs of the children and that focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and number work.

Phonics - the teaching of letter sounds to read and to write - is taught daily. Children are explicitly taught the skills of blending (putting the letter sounds together to read words) and of segmenting (separating letter sounds to spell).

As well as physical development tasks woven into daily activity, the children will participate in a PE lesson once a week. Please ask your child’s class teacher to find out which day this will be each term. On this day, please ensure your child has a full PE kit (white t-shirt, black shorts, daps or trainers) and that earrings are removed.  Each summer the children will participate at Sports Day, further details of this will be given at the time.


Across the day, children will have opportunities to earn ticks for the reward cards. These can rewarded by any adult in the school, based on behaviour that models our school values enthusiasm, trust, challenge, learning together and respect. Please ask your child about how many ticks they have earned, as they are very proud of their achievements!

We value parents as partners and emphasise the importance of home and school working together. As well as occasional topic linked home/school projects we would like you to read with your child at home at least four times a week and regularly practise the children’s tin words. Please see the attached ‘What to Expect When’ document as a guide for the milestones your children will achieve in their early years of education.

For your information please see the following document -
Guidance to your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

Reception Induction Booklet 2019

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.