Early Years - Rabbit and Otter Classes

Mrs Peck (Rabbit Class Teacher) and Miss Warne (Otter Class Teacher)

Mrs Chipchase and Mrs Whiting (Teaching Assistants)

Our Aims

Our aim is to provide a secure, safe, happy and stimulating environment where the children can enjoy high quality learning through play and playful activities and gain a lifelong enthusiasm for learning along the way. We want the children to get a Good Level of Development, so they will be ready for the next phase of their education in Key Stage 1 and beyond.

How do we do it?

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum identifies 7 key areas of learning:

three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

and four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

These 7 key areas of learning are broken down into 17 Early Learning Goals (ELGs) that define the expectations for children to reach by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The ELGs cannot be delivered in isolation and they are equally important and interlink with each other. All areas are delivered through a balance of adult led and child initiated activities. Details of the EYFS Early Learning Goals can be found here.

The Curriculum

Details of the school curriculum and further information about what we teach in our topics, how we teach English, phonics, reading and Maths can be found on the ‘Curriculum Information’ page.


The teaching of phonics takes place daily and we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme. Over the course of the year the children become secure with the letter names and sounds, enabling them to progress with their reading, writing and spelling.


The children share books in school and at home and once they are able to blend their sounds to read, they are heard read with either the class teacher or the teaching assistant.

Regular reading at home helps boost children’s confidence and enables them to consolidate and develop their reading skills further. The school’s ‘Reading Challenge’ encourages children to read to an adult and the children are rewarded with certificates for the number of times they are heard read.

Children also have access to the ‘myON’ online library, which has books for Reception aged children.


The children are taught mathematics daily and like the rest of the school they follow a maths mastery approach using ‘Power Maths’. 

Parents can access the ‘School Jam’ app, which accompanies the work on Power Maths.

Our Learning Environment

There are two Reception classrooms linked together by a bifold door. We like to use the space effectively, so both classrooms are used throughout the day, which enables free flow learning. We also have an indoor shared area, where we do art, play dough, water activities, etc.  Learning and playing outdoors is a very important part of the work we do in Reception and there is an extensive outdoor learning area, some of which is undercover, so we can use it in all weathers. The children really enjoy working across both classrooms and the indoor and outdoor areas taking part in a mix of child initiated and adult led activities.

The children will have an opportunity to go on trips and visits, or have visitors into school which are linked to the topic the children are studying. The children always learn a lot from these events, which enriches and deepens their understanding.

Throughout the year the children lean about special days and celebrations such as Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Mother’s and Father’s Day, as well as the main Christian festivals of Christmas and Easter. We also look at special days/celebrations from the different religions/faiths. Each December we stage a Christmas nativity production as part of our Christmas celebrations.

As your children start school, we aim to provide as much support to our parents/carers on how to help your child at home with their learning. We are always available before and after school and we will be happy to help you and your child in any way we can. If you have any questions please do ask and if you should have any or concerns, please always come and speak to us straight away and we’ll try and resolve the issue.