Reception 2020 - 2021

Reception at Richmond Hill Primary Academy 

Below is the video of our Athletics competition during Sports Activity Week.

Reception Athletics during Sports Activity Week

Our aim is to give your child the best start to their education and we believe that the children collaborating and learning together gives all the children the opportunity to thrive and become the best version of themselves.  Visit our Virtual Classroom and Home Learning links to find out what we are learning each day, revisiting daily lessons will help your children consoldiate their learning and prepare them for their new learning the following day.  Enjoy sharing our focused story time and again to help them build confidence in their own stroy telling skills.

We look forward to working together to gain the best outcomes for all our children.

Click on the link to find resources to support your children in upcomiing transitions


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.


A typical day in F2

8.45 Registration

9.10 – 10.10 Phonics

10.10 – 10.20 Snack

10.20 – 10.45 Outdoor play

10.45 – 11.30 Maths

11.45 -  12.25 Lunch

12.25 - 12.45 Maths Meeting

12.45 - 2.15 Topic and Continuous Provision

2.15 Storytime

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


Literacy 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. 

Why talk is important when reading with your child. What the experts say  Click the link

RWI You Tube Link *Important information to support your child's reading*

If you are missing storytime in school you can click on the links below for a

Storytime with your teachers:

Five Minutes Peace

Giraffes Can't Dance

Time for a Hug


Maths In F2     

The ‘mastery approach’ to teaching mathematics is the underlying principle of Mathematics Mastery. Instead of learning mathematical procedures by rote, we want your child to build a deep understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. To achieve this  we aim to develop pupils’ Conceptual Understanding, Mathematical Thinking and Language and Communication. 

Success for all

At school we believe all pupils can achieve success in maths. We encourage pupils to have a ‘growth mindset’ – a belief that effort leads to success and that challenges are opportunities to learn.

Here are a few tips to encourage your children at home with maths: 

üTalk to your child about everyday maths
üPlay games with them
üValue mistakes as learning opportunities
üRecognise that there is more than one way to work things out.
üPraise your child for effort over outcome.
üAvoid saying things like “I’m useless at maths”.



Maths with ParentsClick the link to log into Maths with Parents







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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