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Cardinal Road Nursery & Infant School

‘Creating Opportunities’

Our Day In Reception

In Reception we offer a stimulating play based environment which supports the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The classes are set up for children to involve themselves in challenging activities to develop and extend their learning.  We will develop learning based upon the children's interests.

In the Literacy area we provide opportunities for children to develop their writing and reading skills, using their sound knowledge taught in Read Write Inc, for example, writing their name and labelling pictures they have created.                


We also ensure children have access to a range of story books and home-made books that children can decode using their sound knowledge.  The children also use a range of construction resources allowing them to build and recreate familiar buildings, people and objects.  This also provides children with opportunities to share and talk to their peers about their own real life experiences.

In the Maths area children are able to explore and develop their knowledge of number, shape, space and measure.  Children are able to access a range of maths activities such as "Hook a Fish", which requires children to be able to identify and recognise numbers.  This can be developed by asking children to add or subtract two numbers and then hook the answer.  Children can also create and explore pattern and shape in the environment.  For example, children will go on a shape hunt in the class and in our outside garden.  They can collect leaves and stones to create their own patterns as well.


Each class creates their own Home corner which provides children with opportunities to re-enact experiences they have had at home with their family and friends.  Children will share their experiences such as making cupcakes or helping mum or dad do the cooking and the washing up.  Children are able to develop their communication and language skills as they will ask questions about aspects they have observed at home. This can include special events that they may have taken part in such as Diwali, Holi or Christmas.
In the Art area, children are able to access a wide range of materials, paint and collage resources.  Children will learn how to safely use resources such as scissors as well as explore what happens when they mix colours and experiment with materials to create different textures.  Children will learn how to evaluate and improve their creation to create their best piece of work.

Children in Reception  have access to our own garden area, where activities are set up for children to explore and learn.  This includes a sensory plant area, where children can feel, touch and smell a range of herbs and plants.  Children are able to discuss the changes, similarities and differences in the environment and as the season changes.

There is  a physical development area where children develop their fine and gross motor skills.  This  includes throwing and catching, balancing on beams, and using skipping ropes.  Children  learn how to jump off an object and land appropriately, negotiate space successfully when playing racing and chasing games and travel with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment.

Children are able to use the stage to act out and recreate their favourite songs and books.  Children have access to a range of musical instruments that they can explore and use to develop their own narrative.  This enables children to build a repertoire of songs and dances as well as explore the different sounds of instruments.