Early Years Reception

During the Reception year at Windermere School – the first compulsory school year – children develop quickly and our Early Years team aim to do all they can to help your child have the best possible start.

A hugely important stage in a child’s education where the foundations for future learning and successes are put in place, including confidence and igniting the enquiring mind. Once a child enters Reception, the curriculum focuses on the three prime areas of learning:

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

We also focus on the specific areas of:

  • Mathematics
  • Literacy
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design.

Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors.

With their own outdoor provision, children in Reception at Elleray thrive and are ready and confident for entering the next phase of school starting in Year 1.

At the end of the EYFS, our Reception teacher completes an assessment of each child, known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over their time in Reception. Checking the progress of your child at this stage, coupled with plenty of informal assessment and progress records along the way provides the Year 1 teacher with plenty of knowledge and understanding of current strengths and areas that need further development or specific support.

This is the beginning of their personalised pathway through a Windermere School education, ensuring that their academic, creative and physical development is uninhibited and their individual character and personality are allowed to blossom.

Funded Hours

The Elleray Campus at Windermere School welcome children that are eligible for Funded Hours throughout their Reception year, up to 15 hours per week. Please Contact Us in the first instance to find out more or to arrange a visit to the Elleray Campus.

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