Early Years (Nursery and Reception)


‘In Priory School we view the foundation years (3-5 year olds) as a basis for all future learning’

Reception is a milestone in your child’s education as they start to come to school full time. We aim to work closely with children’s families to make this transition to full time schooling as calm and settling for the children as possible. We believe that parents are children’s first and most enduring educators and when parents and practitioners work together the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning. We provide advice and support on how this learning and development can take place at home.

Our team consists of: Mrs McLaughlin (Assistant Head Teacher and Year Leader), Mrs Hari (Class Teacher), Mrs Poet (Class Teacher), Mrs Crowe (Early Years Practitioner ), Mrs Mirza (Early Years Practitioner) and Miss Akhtar (Teaching Assistant).

The Curriculum we follow is the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which children start in Nursery and continue in Reception. There are 7 areas of learning and development, children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.

These are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow in Reception, the following prime areas will help them develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

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

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The children are taught reading, writing and maths in adult led small group and whole class carpet sessions.

In addition we value a learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, which is carefully organised to enable children to develop and demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning. Children are given free access to our brand new outdoor learning area whenever they are supervised by members of staff. Children need to be supported in their access to outdoors by coming to school with appropriate clothing, especially during inclement weather.

The experienced early year’s adults encourage children with playing and exploring, active learning and developing creativity and critical thinking. We provide a range of resources that promote thinking and offer limitless opportunities for play and learning. Children are able to learn by leading both their own play and by taking part in play that is guided and extended by adults.

Activities to try at home

Below is a list of activities online that you can try with your child at home:


http://www.topmarks.co.uk – specifically ‘Gumball Maths’