Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’



Welcome to Reception


We hope that the content below will give you a good insight into life in Reception here at Clowne Infant and Nursery School. Below you will find lots of useful information about how to prepare your child for starting in Reception and information about the Reception Curriculum.


Watch the video tours of our Reception area.....

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Reception video tour part 2.mp4

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School Readiness is about helping children get ready to start in Reception...


There are 10 keys to unlock School Readiness.


If children can do these 10 things before starting Reception, then they have the best chance for success as they begin school. If your child is in Nursery they will focus on these keys with their key workers. Working on them at home as well gives your child every opportunity to be ‘school ready’ before they start in Reception. 



What will your child learn with us in Reception?


We follow the Early Years Statutory Framework (September 2021) to take children on a journey of discovery, during which we nurture their individual interests, needs and development. We deliver our inclusive EYFS curriculum through a combination of high quality, language rich teaching interactions and enriched indoor and outdoor environments. Our play based curriculum incorporates adult modelling, independent exploration, observation, guided learning and direct teaching and covers all seven areas of the EYFS curriculum which are - Communication and Language, Personal Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Art and Design. Using Development Matters 2021 as a guide, we use a progressive approach to loosely plan out the knowledge and skills we want our children to gain each term – we then adapt these as and when required to meet the ever changing needs and interests of our children in a continuous cycle of observation, assessment and planning. Please see the documents below to find out more about Reception at our school.

Phonics in Reception


In line with school policy, we follow the Twinkl phonics scheme in Reception to give children the skills and knowledge needed to learn to read and write. Towards the beginning of each school year, we run a Reception parents phonics workshop in order to equip parents with the information they need to best support their child on the journey to becoming a confident and enthusiastic reader. We hope you find the below presentation informative. 

Reception Baseline Assessment


The Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) is a statutory assessment for children starting in Reception from September 2021. It gains a snapshot of where pupils are when they first start school in their Reception year and provides a starting point to measure the progress schools make with their pupils between Reception and the end of Primary School. The RBA is delivered in English and assesses early mathematics, literacy and communication and language. It must be completed within the first six weeks of a pupil starting Reception. 

Oral Health


It is important that good oral health habits begin at an early age - most tooth decay is preventable, however research has shown that nearly a quarter of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay, with 3-4 teeth affected on average. We will teach and promote the importance of good oral hygiene throughout the school year through the use of stories, practical activities, a visit from the dentist, information for parents and reward charts. Please see the documents below for further advice and information.