Our Reception Staff
In Reception the curriculum we work through is the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’.
The three prime areas of the Foundation Stage are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional development
- Physical development
- Communication & Language
The specific areas of the Foundation Stage are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts & Design
All of these areas are covered within the planning. The topic web gives an overview of the objectives we are aiming to achieve.
The daily routine in Reception:
8.45 – Children arrive to school, independently put their belongings away and join in the focused activities
8:55 - Register
9.00-9.20 – This is input time. An input focuses on teacher led activity
9.20-11:15– Children take part in teacher led tasks in small groups. Children are able to self-select activities across the classroom and in the shared creative area. Within this time the children are also able to free-flow between the indoor and outdoor environments as they please.
11:15-11:40 - Phonics – In Reception we mainly focus on Phase 2,3 and 4 of the Phonics Curriculum.
11.45-12.45 – Lunch Time
12.30 – Register
12:35-12:55 -This is input time. An input focuses on teacher led activity
12.55-2:45 - Children take part in teacher led tasks in small groups. Children are able to self-select activities across the classroom and in the shared creative area. Within this time the children are also able to free-flow between the indoor and outdoor environments as they please.
2.45-3.00 -Story time
General Reception Information
Termly Expectation Booklets
As you may know, in Nursery and Reception we use a programme called Evidence Me on an iPad to take photographs and make notes about each child. These observations form a profile of each child which allows us to assess their development and plan for their next steps in all areas of learning.
We have a parent share feature that allows us to share our observations of your child with you via email, and for you to respond and add to your child’s profile too, helping us to form a clear picture of your child as a learner both in and out of school.
Every term your child will have observations taken of them in their learning. This is very much a snapshot of your child’s time with us and so will provide a small insight for you about what they are doing independently during their time in school.
You will receive an email from Evidence me to set up parent share. You then click on the confirmation link to allow 2Build a Profile to send you the emails. Please note there is a maximum of two email addresses per child.
We are very excited about being about to share your child’s achievements with you, and we look forward to working together with you to further our understanding of your child.
Visit Hillside Infant School Reception
If you would like to come and see Hillside Infant School Reception please ring the school office to book a tour or visit us during our open mornings.
How to apply?
Reception places must be applied for online using your local authority website.
If you live in Hillingdon please click the link below:
The important dates
- The deadline for on-time applications is Sunday 15 January 2023.
- National offer day is Monday 17 April 2023.
Children start Reception by coming for half a day to start with. After 2 half days they then will stay for lunchtime also. Lunchtime can be daunting with a new environment and routine to follow. After 3 days of mornings and lunchtimes your child will be in Reception fulltime. The settling in sessions give your child an understanding of how the day is organised, to get to know the staff members and also feel comfortable in the learning environment.
Some children require a more gradual approach. We will discuss this with you to make sure you are happy and confident with the arrangement.
Stay and Play Session
We do a stay and play session in the July prior to your child starting Reception. This is so your child gets to experience the Reception area and the staff. It also allows staff to find out more about your child.