To the pages of classes RRJL & RNW/LB

Class Teachers:

Mrs Warner/Mrs Leedham-Byrne and Mr Longworth

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Stephenson, Mrs Wynne, Mrs Bragg and Mrs Reeves

Every day in Early Years is an adventure! Children in Reception are challenged daily to ensure they reach their full potential. We cater for individual learning styles to ensure all children can access our curriculum. Our approach offers a balance between child initiated play and adult led activities. Through daily phonics, literacy and maths activities we aim for all children to become confident readers, writers and mathematicians.

Our nurturing environment and experienced team of Teachers and Key Workers support the well-being and emotional development of all children to secure happiness and enable learning to take place.

Our Curriculum is based around the understanding that children learn best through play and active learning. Our carefully tailored planning allows us to teach across all 7 areas of learning and development. These being:

PSED - Personal Social and Emotional Development

PD - Physical Development

CLL - Communication and Language

L - Literacy

M -Maths

UW - Understanding the world

EAD - Expressive Arts and Design

We have drinks and snack in the morning session. Children are provided with a range of healthy snacks during their day in reception. Snack is £1.50 per week per child and should be paid each Monday. Please pay your snack money using the School Gateway App.

Lunch is from 11:30 to 12:30 PM

Please ensure you select your child’s meal option online for the week ahead using the School Gateway App.


Each day we have a dedicated Phonics lesson following the Little Wandle Phonics scheme and we end the day with a Storytime.

Throughout the day we have time of learning together with an adult, times to explore and learn with our friends and times when we work in small groups with an adult.

Children should bring in every day:

  • a water bottle - labelled with their name
  • a coat - labelled with their name

It is also useful to have in school: 

a pair of wellies and  a waterproof coat with a hood (with name labels)!


For Autumn Term PE will take place on Thursdays; please wear your kit to school, covered by a school jumper/cardigan and jogging bottoms. Please wear pumps or trainers.

We will also have additional outdoor activities throughout the week.


Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly named, e.g. coats, jumpers, shirts, trousers, ties, shoes, pumps, PE kit etc.

Please keep getting your children to practice dressing and undressing,

this is a useful skill for them to learn - especially the buttons.

Call our school office or email us at dittonrec@wpat.uk

Send us your 'Wow Moments' on Tapestry of your child's learning. 

Or speak to us in person, we are happy to talk to you on the door or making an appointment.

Reading aloud at home should be done at least 5 times per week, even if you only have time to read one or two pages. Please ensure that you make a note on your child’s profile on the Go Read App (Boom Reader). We value any comment you add. Reading Record Books should be returned to school each day.

Children will also be assigned a book on the Big Cat Collins. This is a book that children have practiced throughout the week in school with an adult during their 3 Group Read sessions. Please also share this book with your child and log it on their individual reading profile.

Homework tasks are set each week via our app, Tapestry. Please go to the ‘Planned Activities’ section to find the current weeks homework.

The statutory framework:

  • sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well
  • ensures children are kept healthy and safe
  • ensures that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school

Children's Communication and Language is at the centre of our curriculum at Ditton. Research shows that good interactions make a big difference to how well communication and language skills develop.

Statutory Framework for the EYFS

What To Expect In EYFS

High Quality Interactions - SHREC Approach

EYFS Curriculum Progression Plan 22-23

Development Matters Guidance

Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidance