Our staff in Reception are

Miss Charlotte Roe
EYFS Lead and Class Teacher

Please contact Miss Roe via email at

Mrs Capps
Miss Pugh
Welcome to the Grange Primary Academy. The reception team hope to make the transition into school as easy as possible and to try and address any questions or worries that you may have.
Our School Day

Doors open at 8.45am, registration is at 8.55am and school ends at 3.15pm.

The children are encouraged to be independent from day 1. They say goodbye and come into class to put their book bag, coat and drinks bottle away. They then join us on the carpet where we share some toast and talk about the day ahead.


Early into the first term, your child will be sent home with a reading book, a reading record and words to learn in a pencil case. We encourage the children to read as often as possible at home, preferably every evening.  This will help them to become fluent readers as they progress through our phonics programme.   We ask that you record in their reading diary when you read with them.

The children will be heard reading twice a week, and their phonics book will be changed as needed.  They will choose their own library book on a Wednesday to take home to share with you. 

PE Lessons

PE is a compulsory element within the curriculum.  We aim to make it exciting, fun and achievable.  Children are required to have a fully labelled PE kit.  They have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and we ask that they wear their PE kit to school.  In the colder months a school tracksuit is available to buy from our school supplier.

Long hair must be tied back, and earrings removed by parents/carers prior to the school day.

Additional Items

·A change of clothes if your child struggles with toileting– in case of any accidents.

· Book bag – please bring this daily so we can read with your child throughout the week and send home any important letters or pictures they create in school.

-A water bottle – please no fizzy drinks.

Please label all items with child’s full name.

Outdoor Learning

The children will be accessing the outdoor area every day, regardless of the weather.  Please could you ensure that your child has a warm/waterproof coat available to them and a hat in the summer. Sun cream should also be applied before school in the warmer weather.

Parents as Partners

At  Grange Primary Academy we value the relationships that we have with parents and children. There will be many opportunities for you to come into school and spend some quality time with your child within their classroom.  When the children have settled in, we will introduce our regular reading morning, where parents/carers can come in and share a book with their child in their classroom.  This is a great opportunity to talk to the class teacher, ask for support with reading or for parents to see what their child has been learning about. 


In Reception we use an on-line system called Tapestry to record your child’s achievements and to document their first year.  We would appreciate parents/carers adding to this as well with achievements, photographs or to comment on what you can see on the journal.  Parents/carers will be notified when an observation is added about your child, and you can comment on this.  It’s as easy as Facebook and a great way to stay connected with your child’s learning and achievements in school.

We would also like parents to share with us the successes that their child has at home.  For example, helping mummy, getting dressed on their own, riding their bike without stabilisers, being a good friend etc. 

The Curriculum

In Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child. The things your child will learn in Reception have been organised into three prime areas of learning:

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

and four specific areas of learning

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

In the EYFS, play is a very important part of your child’s development, and most learning will be introduced through a mixture of carefully planned opportunities for play and some adult-led focused activities. There will also be opportunities for your child to choose activities that appeal to them, following their own interests. Don’t be too concerned if your child says that they have been playing all day – it just means that they have been lucky enough to have experienced staff who have made their learning fun and enjoyable!


Throughout your child’s time at school, they will be assessed regularly. This is to check their progress and identify the next steps in their learning. The school may carry out a baseline assessment when your child starts to find out what they can do already. This is nothing to worry about – it isn’t a test and it’s unlikely your child will even know it’s happening.

At the end of Reception, your child’s teacher will assess again, and they will complete an EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period. of time. All the information collected is then used to assess where your child is currently in the seven areas of learning. The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from their EYFS Profile.

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