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At Riverside we have three reception classes. 

Each day children have access to milk and fruit.  The children are provided with a wide range of fun activities to help them develop as learners. 

Child initiated learning helps children to develop in each of the areas of development outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and is linked to each individual child’s age and stage of development.

The curriculum for the early years now consists of 3 prime areas. These areas cover the knowledge and skills which build the foundations for children’s school readiness and future progress. These are applied and reinforced by 4 more specific areas of development.

Guidance on your child's learning and development in the early years foundation phase can be found here and is supported by the Deparment for Education.

In Reception children have a daily phonics session.  At Riverside we use the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  Click here to find out how you can support your child.  The reading scheme that we use here is Oxford Reading Tree.  You can click here for a link to Oxford Owl where there are lots of ebooks, games and ideas to support them in their reading.

You can download a copy of the letter formation that we teach by clicking this icon.PDF icon

Please read our welcome back to school letter here.


  • Communication and language: development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment, develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical development: this involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive. It helps to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, social and emotional development: this involves helping children to develop a positive sense of both themselves and others around them. It helps them to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


  • Literacy: development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters, helping them begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to help ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics: this involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to help them describe shapes, spaces and measures.
  • Understanding the world: this involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community by providing opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design: this involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.