Reception 2020 - 2021

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Key learning for our Early Years children is Read Write Inc phonics, we have direct links to the RWI site with guidance for parents and resources fo you to share with your child/ren.  Little and often is the best way forward to keep their current skill level active - enjoy making learning fun!

RWI You Tube Link

*Important information to support your child's reading*

Little Blending Books

Fantastic new FREE eBook library 


Welcome to Reception

We have two Reception Classes

Meet the FS staff:

Miss Johnson – F2 Class Teacher/EYFS Lead

Mrs O’Keeffe – F2 Class Teacher/Assistant Principal

Mrs Frost – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mrs Worboys – Learning Support

At Richmond Hill Primary Academy we provide the secure, homely and loving environment that is so essential in meeting the needs of each child, ensuring that well-being and involvement is our paramount concern as we settle your child into their new learning environment.

We combine flexibility with a comforting structure wherein each child is an individual. Individual needs are highly respected. Self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence and independence are developed.

A partnership with parents is fostered and valued and we ask you to help us as partners in developing your child’s learning. We hope that in encouraging an effective partnership between home and school, we can help your child become an independent learner. It is very important to us that your child is happy at Richmond Hill. We have an open door policy and parents are welcome to come and speak with us if they have a query.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

  • That each child should be provided with the opportunities, skills and environment that enables them to develop into active, confident and independent learners.
  • To foster an effective partnership between home and school.
  • To maintain a safe but challenging environment in which each child can be helped to develop to his/her full potential.
  • To develop social, moral, cultural and spiritual awareness in our children.
  • To foster in the children a belief in their own worth and enable each child to become increasingly confident, independent and able to make their own considered choices.
  • To ensure that each child regardless of gender, race, culture or ability, is given an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.
  • That there is continuity between Reception classes and Key Stage One and effective liaison to support this transition.
  • To develop a positive approach to the acquisition of new skills that will provide a firm foundation for future learning.


  • At Richmond Hill Primary School, we believe that well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, children can develop an understanding of the world around them. They can practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills. They learn how to control impulses and to understand the need for rules. They can take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively.

    During play children learn how to communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems. They are able to express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations. They can be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings. We can help children to learn through their play by planning and resourcing a challenging environment, supporting children’s learning through planned play activity, extending and supporting children’s spontaneous play and developing children’s language and communication in their play.

    As the children progress through the Foundation Stage the child initiated ratio to adult led activities reduces as we prepare our children for transition into Year 1- the first year in the next key stage of their academic career known as Key Stage 1.

Learning Independence

Before starting school, it is helpful if your child could do some or all of the following.

  • Dress and undress independently (as they will need to do this for P.E.)
  • Change their shoes and tie their shoe laces if required
  • Use the toilet properly
  • Wash and dry hands
  • Tidy away toys
  • Use a handkerchief
  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Put on their coat and do the zip or buttons up
  • Write their name
  • Play a range of games


In F2

Reading and Writing is based on Read Write Inc Phonics, when the children are ready, they will bring home the phonic reading book that they have worked on during the week. Children are encouraged to read daily, sharing stories with adults and joining in with known repeated refrains.   We celebrate home reading with our ‘reader leader’ initiative, children are rewarded with merits and team tokens when three reads per week are recorded in their reading diaries. Watch out for other rewards and comments in their reading diaries.

F2 Diary

Children are encouraged to change their free choice book daily

Monday – Reader Leader day

Tuesday – PE Please bring a full PE kit

A typical day in F2

8.50 Registration

9.00 – 10.00 Phonics

10.00 – 10.15 Maths Meeting

10.15 – 10.30 Snack

10.30 – 11.00 Assembly/1-1 support

11.00 – 11.15 Playtime


Please find your child's Harvest Performance here...

FYJ Harvest Performance

FYO Harvest Performance

Reception: Gallery items

Hello Yellow, by Mrs O’Keeffe

Reception Gallery 2020 - 2021, by Mrs O’Keeffe

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Richmond Hill Primary Academy

Melton Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN57SB

01302 782421


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