Reception Information

What is it like in Reception?

What is our Curriculum like?

Please visit our Early Year's Curriculum page to read an overview of what we teach in both Nursery and Reception.

You can also read about our Intent is for the children in our Early Years department at New Close school. You can see how we implement it and how we measure the impact of what we do.


How do we celebrate our children’s achievements?

For the children in Reception class, we celebrate the hard work and efforts of all our children through Friday Celebration Assembly. The adults identify 3 children who have either made progress towards targets, worked consistently hard or completed an outstanding piece of work to become the ‘star of the week’. These children earn certain privileges the following week.

Through our house system all children in Reception class can earn house points which go towards an individual awards certificate. For every 10 individual house points, the children will receive a certificate. The house that earns the most number of points each term receives a ‘House Reward’.

In Nursery, children are given more instant feedback and praise and we try and involve parents in this process. We use Tapestry to celebrate successes.


We have 3 class rules:

We are kind to each other.

We use walking legs and quiet voices inside.

We put things away when we've finished with them.

All children in Reception are given praise in the form of stickers and stamps.


What does my child need to bring to school/nursery?

Reading books and reading record books should be in school every day.

In cold and wet weather, children need a waterproof coat as we go outside a lot. It is useful if they can keep a pair of named wellies in school as well.

It is helpful if children also has a change of clothes. If your child is still in nappies or early in toilet training please supply all that we need for changing them. We are very happy to support you in this process.

If your child is bringing a packed lunch, please also bring your lunch in a named lunch box (NO nuts or products containing nuts) and a drink (not fizzy).
You may also need a healthy snack, although the school do provide fruit.
You will not need any other equipment as this will be provided for you. We are trying to reduce the amount of items being brought into school.
Our PE lessons are on Fridays, but it useful to keep the PE kit in school at all times in case of impromptu PE lessons. PE kit is: red t-shirt with logo, black shorts/tracksuit bottoms, trainers/daps and New Close jumper/cardigan. Please note that earrings can't be worn during PE, so please ensure that children don't have them in on a Friday.