Year R

Welcome to the Reception page.  This page provides you with everything you will need to know about life in Reception. We hope you will find it useful, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year Reception team.


  • Mrs C Staples & Mrs R Bradshaw– Gosling Class Teacher supported by Mrs S Coppard ,Teaching Assistant (Paediatric First Aider)
  • Mrs E Cheesman-  Duckling Class Teachers, supported by Mrs D. Moore – Teaching Assistant (First Aider)



At St Matthew’s, High Brooms, we pride ourselves on excellent transition arrangements.

Feeder Pre-Schools and Nurseries are visited before the children start in September. Meetings are held with Pre-School staff and teachers play along-side the children. Taster Sessions are held in July to give children the opportunity to meet their teacher and explore their new classroom. In September, children start school using a staggered entry system. This means children come in small groups over two weeks, allowing teachers and teaching assistants time to get to know and assess each child. It also helps the children settle and get to know the classroom routines. Youngest children start first in order for them to have more time to adjust to their new environment.

Home visits

We aim to visit each family in their home environment during the first few weeks of September. This is a very important part of our induction process. At this meeting, the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant will talk to parents and carers informally, but also ensure all details about their child are recorded. Parents also have the opportunity to ask any questions and ensure any matters of confidential information are shared. This is also a positive experience for the child, as it allows them to be seen in their own environment and share their personal interests and experiences with members of staff.

Curriculum and Topics

Children in The Early Years Foundation Stage follow the EYFS Development Matters Curriculum guidance. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking Critically
  • Playing and exploring

Through these principles 17 areas of learning are covered, with emphasis on the Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social Emotional Development
  • Specific Areas of Learning include Literacy and Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Creative Arts and Design.

Class Topics are based on an engaging and enjoyable text.


Children are expected to bring their book bags into school every day. The reading books will be changed regularly. Towards the end of the year, children will be independent enough to change their books themselves. Initially children will take home a picture book to share with their grown-ups. After phonics teaching commences, children will also have a colour banded reading book to read to their adult and practise at home. You should be reading with your child every day.

School Library:

The children will visit our school library once a week. They will choose a library book of their choice to read with their parents at home.


Each day, the class teacher will award dojo points and each week they will pick one star of the week. These are children who have worked hard throughout the week and have shown good Christian Values and a positive growth mindset. Children will receive a certificate to take home with them. In addition to this children will receive a green card for being well behaved or achieving something in school. Children should collect their green cards and keep them somewhere safe. They will receive a certificate for 20, 40 and 60 green cards collected.


Every child should have the following named equipment at school:

  • Water bottle
  • Green reading book bag
  • PE kit
  • Change of spare clothing including: underwear, socks and jogging bottoms
  • Suitable coat with hood
  • Wellington boots for wet play

School Uniform

All children are to wear the correct school uniform to school every day. Please refer to the school website which lists the appropriate seasonal uniform.

Please ensure that the uniform your child is wearing allows them to dress and undress independently. Playsuits are not recommended.



Children will have a PE session every week; therefore it is important that kit is correct, named and in school. Children will need:

  • School PE T-shirt in the correct house colour
  • Shorts
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Trainers with Velcro straps (to assist the children to put them on independently).


School Day

The school gate opens at 8:50 AM. Children should be taken directly to class for settling in time. School finishes at 3:15 PM. Please contact the school office if you are running late or somebody different needs to collect your child. Teachers are not responsible for your child after this time.

Morning snack

Children in Reception are currently entitled to free fruit each day and free milk before they are 5. Please register your child for milk on enrolment.


Lunch time for Reception is 11:55-12:55 PM. In Reception children are currently entitled to a free hot meal. They will be asked to state whether they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch every morning. If your child is bringing a packed lunch then the box or bag will need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. Anything your child does not eat will be kept in the lunch box.