Garrett Lane, Tyldesley, Greater Manchester, M29 7EY


Garrett Hall Primary School

Dream and Believe, Learn and Achieve...


Our Spring 2 term topic in Reception is....

Pesky Pirates! Under the Sea...


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To view and download our curriculum map and our suggested activities for Spring 2: Please click here

To view and download our curriculum map and our suggested activities for Spring 1: Please click here

Continuous Snack

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At Garrett Hall children do not have a specific "snack time" but instead have access to a self service snack area as part of our continuous provision. Children decide when they would like their snack, whether it be during the morning session of afternoon session.

Children are encouraged to wash their hands before helping themselves to the correct amount of snack (using prompts provided) and select any cutlery and plates if needed.

Children will be encouraged to chat to their peers as they eat their snack and will be taught to discard of left over items into the bin followed by washing their own plates and cutlery in the sink. 

Children with allergies are provided with individual snack plans and have separate snack boxes with their photograph on so that they are able to see which snack is theirs. 

Below is our rolling two week snack programme for the Spring term. 



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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. We also have lots of reading activities set up in our continuous provision in our indoor and outdoor classroom. Reading has a high priority throughout the Reception Unit with books to support all areas of learning. 

Reading at home:

Children will bring two books home per week to share and practice their reading skills.  Children will usually have a set reading day each week (although this can change week to week depending on our timetable.) Please record each time your child reads in their reading record. 

Image result for reading record ypoWe encourage regular support from home and would like children to read every night where possible and at least 4 times per week. Children will receive a sticker or stamp on their reading rainbow if they read 4 times per week.  They will then get a prize once their reading rainbow is full. 


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Guided Reading

What is Guided Reading?

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. We look at things such as the title, author, illustrator, blurb, contents page, index page. We also walk through the book making predictions, talking about the characters (thoughts, feelings etc) and pick out key words we can see. Guided reading teaches children inference skills (how to infer/pick) things from the text by looking at clues and hints. During guided reading we will also work on decoding/sounding out words as well as looking at various punctuation used. 

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When do we do guided reading?

Guided reading takes place every afternoon with either the teacher or teaching assistant. We will do a guided reading session with one group per day (alongside individual reading sessions) so that each child has one guided reading session per week. As children gain independence during the Spring and Summer term, independent activities will also be set up at guided reading time for other groups not working with an adult. These will include phonics games, reading games on the i-pads and chrome books and other reading activities. 

PE in the EYFS

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 Physical development is a Prime Area in the Early Learning Goals. This means it is an extremely important area of your child's development and without it other things such as writing and mathematics, become difficult. 

The children always have access to areas and resources to develop their fine and gross motor skills everyday. This includes the wide open space of the outdoor area, two play times per day plus lunch time. We also do one taught PE session per week (1 hour) whereby children practice the skills of getting independently changed and unchanged for PE and learn skills in games, dance, gymnastics, football etc. 

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


Wednesday's Miss Gildart

Thursday's Miss Partington

 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.

Outdoor learning @ Garrett Hall

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What is 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.

When will my child learn outdoors?

Children in our EYFS setting have free choice of whether to learn indoors or outdoors during continuous provision time. We do limit the number of children who can go outside at any given time due to safety reasons and children to staff ratio. We do this by having a bucket of red caps for the children to put on when they want to play outside. Once the children want to come back in they can place their red hat back into the bucket for someone else to use. If the weather is bad we may put children into groups (so they can play appropriately using wet suits etc) and use a timetable. We use the outdoors in sunshine, rain, sleet and snow! :) 

The Reception Team

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Miss C. Partington

Miss K. Gildart

Mrs S. Chambers


Teaching Assistants:

Miss C. Lane (HLTA)

Mrs G. Royle

Miss H. Worrall (1:1 support)

Mrs L. Thorpe (1:1 support)



Mrs S. Ratcliffe

Pat Bone (Grandparent Reader) 

Mrs V. Cairns 

Mrs M. Haydock 

Our Previous Topics

Our Autumn 1 topic was...

Bears, Bears Everywhere!

Our Autumn 2 topic was...

Lights, Camera, Action!

Our Spring 1 topic was...

Do Dragon's Exist?

Parental Morning Activities

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From Monday 28th October we will be offering you the opportunity to come in and work with your child for 10 minutes per week. Sessions will run just before the school bell from 8.35am-8.45am prompt and will continue to run throughout the whole year.

We ask that you sign up to the same day per week and return the form to your child's class teacher with your preferred day. Siblings are welcome but must remain with you at all times and cannot play in the unit as this will be set up ready for our day.

Activities will include cursive writing practise, name writing and reading/maths activities.... which will be set up ready for you in your child's morning book. 

Thank you,

EYFS Team 

Letters and Sounds

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In Reception we follow the Letters and Sounds programme to teach reading and writing. We have a 20 minute session of Letters and Sounds each day and each 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.  Phonics activities are also set up in our indoor and outdoor classrooms through continuous provision. 

To view the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme we follow please click here

Spring 2

Trips & Events 

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  • A found pirates treasure chest and maps with clues...
  • Trip to Blue Planet Aquarium 
  • Dress like a pirate day!

Our Learning Environment

We aim to provide a calm, neutral style in the classroom and use lots of natural and wooden resources in creative ways. We do of course still love bright colours and plastic resources- but we do try to limit their use. 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.

Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

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

EYFS-Specific Areas

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.
You can find out exactly what we will be teaching in Literacy this half term by downloading our 'Pesky Pirates ' topic web on the link at the top of this page. 
Spring 2 texts:
The books we will be sharing in Literacy this half term are:
  • Pirate Post
  • Pirates Next Door
  • How to be a pirate
  • Pirate Pete and his smelly feet
  • A new home for a pirate
We will be...
  • Creating 'WANTED!' posters for a pesky pirate
  • Writing a message in a bottle to a pirate
  • Writing instructions on 'How to be a pesky pirate'
  • Writing pirate stories concentrating on story language and narrative writing. 

Key Words -Homework

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In Reception we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' programme which teaches children how to recognise and break down the sounds in words to read and spell them. 


Example: ch-i-p in "chip" and b-oa-t in "boat"


'Letters and Sounds' also teachers children how to recognise tricky words (words in our language that we cannot sound out such as the, you, they etc.) and also teaches them to spot a range of high frequency words (words which we see all the time a, at, it, and etc.)  quickly and without the need to sound out. 


We send home 3 key words home each week (either high frequency words or tricky words) for your child to learn. The words your child needs to learn that week will be dotted with a pen on their HFW/Tricky word list. Please encourage your child to learn to recognise the words by sight and once they can read them you can also extend this homework by asking them to spell them independently.

Your child will then be tested on their key words during the 1:1 reading session with an adult each week and if they can read them accurately 3 new words will be sent home. 

Please click here to see our list of words- the words are also shown below in a document. 


Pick N Mix Homework

Our homework is in the style of a 'Pick 'n' mix' and we set this half termly to match our topic.  The children are given one sheet at the beginning of the half term term that contains lots of different activities that can be completed independently or with an adult.  Homework is only returned at the end of the term when we have a celebration day.  On this day the children will get to show all the tasks they have completed to the rest of the year group. There are lots of activities to choose from, we just ask that at least 10 are completed over the term. We try to make homework as fun as possible to engage all children! 

Summer Term Pick and Mix Homework

Phonics websites/apps/games

Below are some handy websites and apps to help your child with their phonics/reading. We use alot of these during school for our phonics lessons and for the children to access during continuous provision on the I-pads. We hope you find these helpful. 

Seesaw Our Learning Journey

What is Seesaw?

In Early Years practitioners are required to observe children within their play and evidence their learning. Seesaw is an app that enables us record in photograph and video the play based learning for each individual child. Each day the practitioners in the unit will observe the children learning and playing and note down what they have observed. This will then be linked with the EYFS curriculum. Each time an observation is made you will get a notification on Seesaw and you will be able to view your child's observation and comment :) Please do take the time to read the observations and comment back as it is a lovely to read in school.

Don't forget to use your QR code to sign up to Seesaw. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you need help in setting it up and we will be more than happy to help. 

How else do we keep children's independent learning?

Each child will also have a booklet style learning journey in which their independent writing and creative learning will be kept. You will have the opportunity to look through these at parents evening and throughout other times of the year. 

Can I send things to Seesaw?

Yes! Please use the class QR code to sign up to be able to send parental observations from home. Parental observations and engagement are a big part of each child's learning journey and will be used to gather evidence towards your child's assessment profile. 

EYFS-Prime Areas of Learning

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


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. We plan against the Development Matters statements and work towards the Early Learning Goals for mathematics.
How do we teach mathematics at Garrett Hall?
We have developed our own scheme for mathematics which ensures coverage throughout the year and builds on fundamental skills. Continuous Provision and challenges always reflect our weekly maths learning. For example; if we are learning about weight and measurement then scales and other tools would be placed in the maths area along with challenges for that week.