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Children start in the Reception class in the academic year they are five years old. We share our extensive outside area with the Nursery children and Riverwalk School children, where the children play and learn from each other. All learning takes place both inside and outside. Particular emphasis is placed upon early literacy and numeracy skills throughout the year. We plan our exciting and engaging curriculum using the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage ensuring purposeful, fun and exciting play occurs across all the areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design.  

To read more about the Early Years curriculum click on the parent guide below.


Here are the booklets we give out during our induction meeting.  We aim to provide seamless, smooth and caring transition from Nursery into Reception. Please click on the words below:

Parents Information Book

Book for Reception Child

Every term we produce a curriculum newsletter to share with parents. 

We do phonics for 15 minutes every day in Reception.  We teach letter sounds using jolly phonics.  Click below to look at a booklet showing the sounds and actions we use.  

Jolly Phonics action booklet

Click below to hear some Jolly Phonics songs:


Phonics Useful Pages

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/FindBook  click on ‘Library’ to access free e-stories and click on ‘Story teller videos’ to hear stories being told.

http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ for a range phonics games

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/InteractiveResources.htm for a range of word games

http://www.mrthorne.com/  for Geraldine the Giraffe videos for teaching the initial letter sounds.

We follow a Mantle of the Expert approach like the rest of the school.  We also base our learning on our personal interests. 

Early Years Mantle of the Expert topics 2016-2017


Look at what we do in our classroom, inside and out!


We do outside mark making with chalk


We love to read stories, especially "Big Books"


We like to play in the sand, sharing toys and building friendships


We enjoy building models with big bricks


We are beginning to write some letters


Our Reception Classroom


We use Building Learning Power


Jigsaw masterpiece of our class

Our thoughts about reading



We are a thinking classroom


Our September writing!


Our Pathway to Learning...


...our first learning steps at Sexton's Manor School

What parents said about our class and learning during a recent visit.....

  • Couldn't believe it was a Reception class I was watching, considering they have only been at school for 7 weeks! My child is so happy to come to this fabulous school.  Thank you to everyone.
  • Inspirational.  The children love their learning.  The Reception staff are fantastic.
  • Very creative.
  • ......... loved the Asda visit.  He has talked a lot about this shopping and food topic.  Lots of songs came home!
  • .......... has really enjoyed his first half term.  Highlights have been visiting Asda, PE, to rap tricky words.  He is happy in Reception.
  • Such a lovely atmosphere.  The children had huge smiles on their faces.  A lovely way of teaching my child.  Thank you so much.
  • Original idea! Loved this and my child can't wait to come to school each day.  Can't thank Reception staff enough for all they do.
  • Magical day.  Never seen such young children perform so well.  My child even wants to come to school on a Saturday.
  • Very good way of getting the children to think about all aspects of food.
  • The food was yummy scrummy.  What great outfits, you must have worked very hard!  Loved your singing! Such a special treat for all your parents, thank you!
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