Foundation Stage

Welcome to Reception

The Reception teaching team comprises of:

Mrs D Small   Ruby Class Teacher       EYFS Lead

Mrs L Pitt   Sapphire Class Teacher              

Mrs S Cherry-Chapman   Teaching Assistant          

Mrs J Newton         Teaching Assistant

Mrs W Smith        Teaching Assistant


Other adults who may work with your child include:

Mrs S Smith, Mrs K Pendle, Mr C Baxter (Sports coach)




Our aim at Sutton Primary is to ensure that children in Reception feel welcomed, safe and secure in an environment that builds upon each individual’s needs and interests.

We aspire to provide the highest quality care and education for all our children thereby giving them a strong foundation for their future learning. We create a safe and happy environment with motivating and enjoyable learning experiences that enable children to become confident and independent. We value the individual child and work alongside parents and others to meet their needs and help every child to reach their full potential.

At Sutton we believe that every child deserves the best possible start in life and that the most effective way to provide this is through planned purposeful play, both indoors and out.

Planned, purposeful play is the foundation of development and learning for young children. It is the way skills are developed and practised. It is essential for physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional, and behavioural and social development. It is the process through which children can explore, investigate, recreate and come to understand their world.




We adhere to the Statutory Framework of the EYFS and the four guiding principles that shape practice within Early Years settings

There are seven areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage and these are split between prime and specific areas of learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  •   communication and language
  •   physical development
  •   personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  •   literacy
  •   mathematics
  •   understanding the world
  •   expressive arts and design


We ‘assess’ children through observations. We play with them, talk to them, as them questions and challenge them to develop their understanding.

At the end of the academic year when they turn 5 practitioners must make judgements on whether children have nearly met, met, or exceeded the ‘Early Learning Goals’.  These are not tests for the child – the assessments are based on practitioners’ observations and knowledge of the children.

Information from these assessments is used for parents, practitioners and teachers to support children’s learning and development.

Useful website links to continue learning at home:

Information for parents about phonics, including how to pronounce the letter sounds.

Oxford Owl is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading and maths.

Words for Life is the National Literacy Trust’s website for parents.

Fun and free Literacy games, activities and clips.

Fun and free Maths games, activities and clips.