Garrett Lane, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 7EY


Garrett Hall Primary School

Our Spring term topic in Reception is....There's a Dragon in my Class!

(including Chinese New Year) 

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To view our curriculum map and our suggested activities for the Spring term please click here


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Reading is a Specific Area in the Early Learning Goals.  Reading is taught daily through Letters and Sounds, individual reading sessions and small group activities.  Reading has a high priority throughout the Reception Unit with books to support all areas of learning.  Children take a selection of books home to share and practice their reading skills.  We encourage regular support from home.  

Guided Reading

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Guided Reading in Reception takes the form of small group activities in which we share books, texts and resources and focus on specific reading skills.


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 Physical development is a Prime Area in the Early Learning Goals.  The children always have access to areas and resources to develop their fine and gross motor skills everyday.

The Reception classes currently have a hall slot for a focused PE time on Wednesdays.  

EYFS-Specific Areas

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Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:



Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range
of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.


Mathematics 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
describe shapes, spaces,and measure.

Understanding the world

 Involves guiding children to make sense of their

physical world and their community through
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. 

The Reception Team

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Mrs Jarmesty

Mrs Dunn


Teaching Assistants:

Miss Lane

Mrs Royle



Mrs Ratcliffe

Mrs Bone

Letters and Sounds

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In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach reading and writing.  Each daily session follows a set format in which children practice their previous phonic knowledge, learn new phonemes, digraphs, trigraphs and high frequency words.  They play games to develop reading and writing skills. 

Spring trips & events 

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28th February

Blue Planet Aquarium

(payments can now be made via Parentpay)

Our Learning Environment

Providing high quality planned experiences for children’s play is an important way for adults to support children’s learning that is both enjoyable and challenging. When children play, they are learning at the highest level. Play can extend certain areas of their learning – for example, developing language skills by promoting talk between children or introducing new vocabulary that they use and act out in their play.

Outdoor learning

Learning outside the classroom supports the development of healthy and active lifestyles by offering children opportunities for physical activity, freedom and movement, and promoting a sense of well-being.

Learning in our outdoor area gives our children contact with the natural world and offers them experiences that are unique to outdoors, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons.

Outdoor play also supports children’s problem-solving skills and nurtures their creativity, as well as providing rich opportunities for their developing imagination, inventiveness and resourcefulness.

By using our outside classroom, we regularly sees the enjoyment, and sense of wonder and excitement that is generated when children actively engage with their environment.

Autumn Term

'Paws and Claws' Autumn 1

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'Lights Camera Action' Autumn 2

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To view our curriculum maps/taught activities for the Autumn term please click here:

Autumn 1

Autumn 2


Key Words

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 In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme which teaches key words alongside phonics.  We also focus on Reception high frequency words. 


Seesaw Our Learning Journey

 In Early Years practitioners are required to observe children within their play and evidence their learning.  Seesaw enables us record in photograph and video the play based learning for each individual child.  We share this learning with home and actively encourage home 'wow' moments to be shared with us.  


All areas of learning and development are
important and inter-connected.


EYFS-Prime Areas of Learning

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Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:

Communication and language

This involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations

Personal, Social and Emotional development

This involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and 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. 

Physical development

This involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; 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. 

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

Please click the picture below to access the current EYFS curriculum..