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West Wycombe School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



Welcome to Early Years!


Teacher: Miss Steele

LSA: Miss Glenister

About Our Class:


In Reception, we aim to create a calm, nurturing environment where children feel safe and happy. While the children do receive an input on the carpet for their Phonics, Literacy and Maths learning, the majority of their learning takes place through continuous provision. Continuous provision allows the children to choose an activity, this provides a stimulus for rich and meaningful conversations between a child and an adult, expanding children's understanding and vocabulary.


In reception, there are seven key areas of learning, these are:

  1. Communication and language
  2. Personal, social and emotional development
  3. Physical development
  4. Literacy
  5. Mathematics
  6. Understanding the world
  7. Expressive art and design

What Are We Learning?


This term, we are learning all about us!


We will be reading the book 'All kinds of families'. As part of this, we will look at ourselves and our families. We will also be reading 'Giraffes can't Dance'. We will look at how it is okay to make mistakes and that this is how we learn. We will learn to adopt a growth mindset. We will also read the 'Colour Monster' and focus on our feelings and how we can regulate our emotions. We are building our Zones of Regulation to help the children learn more about the different zones our emotions sit in.



We follow the Little Wandle scheme in phonics. We are continuing to learn our phase 2 sounds.


Here is a link to support the sounds that are being learned this half term: 



In literacy, we will use Talk 4 writing and build a story map for the books we read in class.



We follow The White Rose Maths scheme; this first unit will be 'match, sort and compare'.

PE Information


Reception will have PE lessons on a Wednesday afternoon. Children should come to school in PE kit on a Wednesday so we are ready for our lesson.


We will do a range of activities to help us work together and learn our basic skills as well as understanding how exercise helps us to be healthy.