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Year R - Information and Overview

Welcome to Reception

We are so pleased to welcome the children into our classes for the start of their school journey. The children have all settled so well, beginning to adapt to new school routines and expectations. Before we tell you about all the exciting things we do in Reception, we would like to introduce you to the Early Years Team. Miss Davies is the Early Years Leader and the teacher in Cherry Class. She is supported by Miss Lloyd. The teachers in Apple Class are Mrs Jupe and Mrs Williams, and they are supported by Mrs Hepworth. Plum Class is taught by Miss Gospel and she is supported by Mrs Parsons and Mrs Sargeant.

We look forward to welcoming you all to our Welcome Meeting on Wednesday 6th October at 2.30pm. 


The Early Years

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum includes three prime areas of learning and four specific areas as follows:


Prime areas: are fundamental, work together and support development in all other areas.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

Specific areas: include essential knowledge and skills for children to participate successfully in society.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


You can find lots of resources and useful information on this page to support you in understanding your child’s first year at school. This includes curriculum maps, contact information, ways to support your child at home and information about ‘Tapestry’ the online learning journal we use.


Parental Partnership

At Hiltingbury, we value working alongside parents and recognise the positive impact these successful relationships have on your child’s learning and social and emotional development. You are the experts of your child; their first and enduring educators. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning, social or emotional needs, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. This can be arranged at drop off or collection if appropriate or alternatively you can arrange a telephone call or meeting through the school office.



Tapestry is a secure online learning journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s play and learning in and outside of the classroom. We encourage parents to be actively involved in your child’s learning and welcome home observations detailing what your child has accomplished at home.



Within Year R, the topics change frequently and are reflective of the needs and interests of the children. The indoor and outdoor classroom environment are updated frequently to ensure engaging, motivational and exciting learning opportunities are provided for your child. You will receive a curriculum newsletter each half term which will provide you with more detail over topics and subject content. 


Phonics and Reading 

At Hiltingbury, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which involves a multi-sensory approach. This programme is devised into six different phases and is taught on a daily basis. Children start on phase one of the programme which complements a broad and language rich curriculum. You can find an overview of each phase in the documents uploaded below. We also use cued articulation which is a system that shows where and how the sounds are made within the mouth. You can access the video by clicking on the following link: Cued Articulation Video


When the children start school, they will be encouraged to take home a book from the class book boxes. Please enjoy sharing these with your child at home. Please enjoy sharing and discussing these books with your child at home. These opportunities are fundamental in developing your child’s language and vocabulary and will support them in developing their early reading and phonics skills. Once the children have settled and class teachers have assessed where the children are at in their phonics, they will be given a colour banded book. 


Within each classroom we have colour banded books that children will bring home each week. These books are closely matched phonetically and will support your child’s reading development. Children are encouraged to change their books twice a week (on a Tuesday and Friday) Please use your child’s reading record book to record any reading you do at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will also write in here when they hear your child to read and their reading successes such as moving to a new colour book band will also be communicated in here. You can also practise reading tricky words (words that cannot be phonetically decoded) and the high frequency words which are commonly found within these books. It will really support your child’s fluency if they can recognise these words quickly by sight. You can find the book banded word mats in the useful documents section of this page. Please visit our Reading area of learning page to find out more about how reading is taught at our school and how you can support your child.


Year R welcome meeting


Awards we have achieved so far.