Reception Year

Early Years (Reception) helps your child to prepare for their future learning and success. Our aim is to ensure that all children are settled and happy in school. We foster a love of learning and make the children’s early years experience happy, active, exciting, fun and secure.

There are two classes in reception:

Hargreaves Class:

Mrs Hamper and Mrs Jones teach in Hargreaves Class.  Mrs Jones is currently on maternity leave and Mrs Webb is covering for her.
Mrs Pearson is the Learning Support Assistant in Hargreaves Class.

Inkpen Class:

Miss Fairhall teaches Inkpen Class.  Learning  Support in the class is provided by Mrs Sebestik and Mrs de la Touche.

The Early Years curriculum consists of 7 key areas of learning and development:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Physical Development
Specific Areas:
Literacy
Mathematics
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design

We also encourage the children to develop ‘The Characteristics of Effective Learning’, which are: playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically and active learning.

To find out more about our topics and our curriculum, follow the curriculum link.

How parents and carers can help in school

Parents and carers are welcome to support the staff by working with children in the classroom in the following activities:

Change children’s reading books

Play educational games

Art and craft activities

Making play dough/baking

Parents must have a check from DBS (the Disclosure and Barring Service) before they are able to help in school.

How parents can support their child at home

  • Listen to your child read every day – make notes in their Reading Record and return them to school every Monday and Thursday
  • Read a range of different types of books to your child
  • Practice ‘tricky words’ at home
  • Practice letter formation
  • Count as often as you can eg. counting aloud, counting objects

Big Friends

In reception each child has a ‘Big Friend’   – a child from year 6 who is paired up with a reception child.  Big Friends helps the reception children to settle into Esher Church School.  They play games, read stories and often help our reception children to learn both in and out of the classroom. At the end of the year all the Little and Big Friends go for a picnic in the park together.  Some of our Big Friends and Little Friends continue their friendship well beyond their time at Esher Church School.

School Trips and Educational Visits

As part of our big enquiry ‘What makes us special?’ we learn about special talents people have that help us.  The local fire service come to school and we have lots of fun exploring the fire engine and spraying water from the hose.  We have members of the community come and talk to us about their exciting occupations, for example doctors and police officers.

In December we visit Wisley RHS to observe signs of winter and participate in a Christmas craft workshop.

In the summer term our big enquiry is ‘What lives outside our classroom door?’ We really enjoy our visit to Nower Wood in Leatherhead to explore the woodlands and observe all the interesting pond life.