We believe that for our children to make the most progress in their learning, they need to have an invested interest in everything they do. Our Reception children lead their learning through long periods of uninterrupted play sessions where our expert staff support, encourage, and model how to move their learning forward.

Our staff provide an individualised learning programme based on the interests of our children. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and support the children in learning our key skills which are embedded within our Sidcot Learning Wheel. These skills equip our children to be empathetic towards others, persevere in the face of challenges, and most importantly begin a lifelong love of learning.

A typical week in Reception would involve learning through play within our amazing indoor and outdoor provisions, short carpet sessions which build on the children’s phonetic knowledge and mathematic skills, a child-led Forest School session in our school forest, swimming, PE, and French sessions taught by specialist staff and enjoying a delicious locally sourced lunch with staff and friends in our beautiful Refectory.

Our Reception and Pre-school children work closely together to allow for a seamless transition when the children move into Reception. Every day is different, every child is unique and we foster an important sense of belonging for our children. If you are curious about the wonderful provision we can offer your child, please get in touch.

Daily Routine

All mornings follow a similar structure, except Thursday when children participate in Forest School during the morning. Depending on the age of the children and the time of year the morning sessions include finger gym, phonics, stories, rhymes, maths, reading and lots of continuous provision time where the children can choose what they would like to do. During the continuous provision time, staff 'play' with the children and use their knowledge of the individuals and the curriculum to move the children's learning forward.

Afternoons follow a timetable detailed below: 

Monday Library / Swimming
Tuesday PE / Family Links
Wednesday Cooking
Thursday Library / Music
Friday iPad Time / Gardening