Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception) 2019 - 2020

Mrs King

Mrs King

James Class Teacher

Mrs Jeffs

Mrs Jeffs

Henry Class Teacher

Procedures for school during lockdown - Summer 2020


Reopening School for Reception on 8th June

Whilst we will do our utmost to provide as safe an environment for pupils as we can, we remain in an unprecedented situation.We aim to be very clear and honest about what provision will look like to support families in making an informed choice about their child returning to school.



Children attending school will be organised into groups. Group size will depend on the numbers of children who choose to return to school. However, we will endeavour to remain below or in line with the maximum group size of fifteen pupils recommended by Department for Education guidance. With children of Reception age, you will appreciate that enforcing social distancing is not feasible. However, as far as possible, children will not mix with other pupils based in different groups.


Children will remain in the same group throughout the school day, including during lunchtimes. Groups will be organised by staff who know your children but there is no guarantee that your child will be grouped with classmates they are friendly with. As far as possible, children will not mix with other pupils based in different groups.


Once children are organised into the groups, there will not be opportunity to change groups under any circumstances.


Within groups, we will encourage hand hygiene and positive hygiene practices. We will organise classrooms with desks spaced out appropriately, reinforce key messages and work hard to maintain appropriate distances between pupils.


You will be aware that the Early Years curriculum is very much play based with children acquiring social skills and early learning skills by engaging in a range of activities within a lively and vibrant classroom.


The classroom environment will feel very different to normal as we have had to reduce the resources available for pupils to engage with. This may feel very different to normal, when we have an array of toys, craft equipment and books for children to access. The resources that are available within the classroom will be cleaned on a daily basis.


Staff will endeavour to drive the Early Years curriculum as best they can but you will appreciate that the limitations of resources will significantly impact on this.

Reception children will be asked to arrive at school at 8.30am. Their school day will end at 3.00pm.


Home Learning

We will continue to sustain home learning via the school website for those children who are either unable to or choose not to attend. Whilst this may be slightly different to the way we have managed this during the school closure for some year groups, we will endeavour to support families with as much as we can.


For queries about work set for homeworkers during the Covid-19 School Closure, please email reception@hooleceprimary.cheshire.sch.uk between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.


During the lockdown, you can also access online lessons on these websites:


Daily workout sessions with Joe Wicks

Story Time


Welcome to Reception!


If your child is in Henry Class, their Class Teacher is Mrs Jeffs. If your child is in James Class, their Class Teacher is Mrs King. Miss MacDonald teaches on a Thursday and Friday. EYFS Classes are supported by Mrs Johnson, Mrs Allen and Mrs Cooper, our Teaching Assistants.



In Reception, we learn a lot through our play. We learn to become independent learners and think for ourselves.

Our mornings include a rolling snack which means we can eat our fruit and have some milk or water when we feel hungry and then continue with learning through play based activities.


We follow Letters and Sounds and have daily phonics sessions. This is where we learn new letters / sounds and then we use them in our reading and writing. We also have Literacy sessions so we can use our new skills and knowledge as well as in our fabulous writing and reading areas. We have maths sessions where we learn about numbers, shapes, measure and can always find maths everywhere in our indoor and outdoor environment.  We also focus on learning about our world, technology and expressive arts and design throughout each day. 

We base our planning and topics around different books although this can change due based on the children’s interests. The activities set up in our classroom are carefully tailored to these and their next steps. Our planning considers all  areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum including: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language & Physical Development.


When your child is settled into school, they will be sent home with a reading book and a reading diary. It is important to listen to your child read every night and record this in their diary. Their reading book will be changed twice a week. We will occasionally send home other activities for your child to complete at home. 


If you would like any help on how to support your child’s learning at home, please come and speak to a member of the team who will provide you with lots of ideas on how to do this.




Looking after yourselves: 

Please also take a look at the file to see how you can look after yourselves with the Anti-Baddies resilience building toolkit.



Mr Kelly will take your child for a PE lesson once a week. The PE kit should be a white tshirt, navy blue or black shorts and black pumps or trainers. Branded PE bags are available to purchase from the School Office.


  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
PE       Reception  
Homework  Reading books changed       Reading books changed


Forest School

The children will have Forest School sessions on Thursday's. Please send children into school in their waterproof clothes and wellies on these days.





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