Reception

Cherry, Holly and Willow Classes

We are very pleased to welcome our new children and parents to Gossops Green. 

Important Paperwork

If you would like a paper copy of any of the information below, please contact the school office.  

Welcome Booklet
Please share this welcome booklet with your child to prepare them for coming to ‘Big School’!

School uniform 
Gossops Green School official uniform is purchased from Taylor Made Uniform. Children can also wear unbranded uniform purchased from all major supermarkets and clothing shops, as long as it is in the school colours. 

Hot school meals
All pupils in Reception are entitled to Universal Free School Meals, although children can also bring in a healthy packed lunch. Hot school meals, although free, will need to be booked through our ParentPay system by the Thursday night prior to the meal so that the kitchen can order enough food and so that your child will get the meal of their choice. Children can have a mixture of hot school meals and packed lunches from home.

Breakfast Club and Cygnet Crew
We offer before and after school wraparound care via Breakfast Club and Cygnet Crew. These are paid clubs and need to be booked online, on a first come first served basis. 

Pupil Premium/Free School Meals
If you are in receipt of certain benefits, your child may be entitled to Pupil Premium funding. We encourage all parents who are eligible to apply, as this funding helps both the school and your child. 

The Reception Curriculum
Please click on the link above to find out more about what your child will be learning. 

Reception Shoe Boxes and Star Moments
Please see the above letters outlining a project for the Summer and how to strengthen home-school links in the autumn!

School Milk
Children under 5 can receive a free carton of milk every breaktime. Children over 5 can continue to receive the milk, although parents will need to pay for this. Please complete the form on the Cool Milk website to order milk for your child.  

The Reception Curriculum

Wherever possible, the children are given the freedom to explore their own interests and develop their understanding and skills through activities and contexts which they enjoy. They predominantly learn through meaningful play and the classrooms are carefully designed to ensure that all children are able to access all of their own resources and follow their own lines of enquiry. Staff are trained to interact with the children in order to move their thinking and their learning forward. Alongside this, the children will experience three main topics per year to inspire and broaden their experiences. The Reception topics can be found below. 

Click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:


Reception is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which children will have been working in at preschools and playgroups. There are 7 areas of learning and development that shape learning in Reception. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are: communication and language; physical development; and personal, social and emotional development. The specific areas of maths, literacy, understanding the world and expressive arts and design support the development of the prime areas.

Prime Curriculum Areas

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Curriculum Areas

Literacy

Literacy comprises reading and writing. To achieve Age Related Expectations (ARE) at the end of Reception, children need to be able to: 

Reading

  • Read and understand simple sentences
  • Use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately
  • Read some common irregular words
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read

Writing

  • Use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways that match their spoken sounds
  • Write some irregular common words
  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others
  • Use correct pencil grip.
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words.

Maths

  • Count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20 and place numbers in order
  • Say which number is one more or less than a given number
  • Using quantities and objects, add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing
  • Use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money
  • Recognise, create and describe patterns
  • Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.