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We are the Reception Class.

Mrs Selencky is our full time Reception Class teacher. We also have three teaching assistants in Rabbits Class. Mrs Goulding, who works every morning in Reception Class and also does our lunch time sitting in the hall.  Mrs Willis, who works all day on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Ms. Dickinson, who works all day on a  Thursday and Friday.

Here you will be able to find out some information about us:

Reception Class is where the children settle into school life, establish a love for learning and  where the foundations for key literacy and numeracy skills are laid. It is a substantial and crucial part of every child’s ‘learning journey’ and lays strong foundations for their future educational success.

During their time in our Reception Class, we want our children to feel settled, confident, happy, challenged, as well as excited and interested to learn at all times, in order to make the most amount of progress and reach their potential. We aim to harness each child’s natural curiosity and motivation, and to capitalise on their strengths and interests in order to promote positive attitudes to learning.

We support our children to do their best and take part with everything on offer in a warm and supportive family atmosphere and environment, where everyone feels valued. We encourage all children to be independent, confident and resilient, and to develop effective communication skills. We make sure that the children are able to make connections, build relationships and become confident not only in themselves but also in their skills.

Through our broad and balanced curriculum, where play is the central feature, our children learn a wide range of knowledge and skills in our safe, secure, stimulating, well-resourced indoor and outdoor environments. We provide them with exciting new experiences and challenges and encourage them to develop their own ideas.

We use our knowledge of how young children learn best, when planning the different learning and development opportunities, which always focus around the needs and interests of each and every child in our class.

Our children engage in exciting, purposeful  and wide-ranging adult-guided and child-led activities, which are regularly assessed and reviewed, in order to make sure that they are constantly based around the needs and interests of every child, as well as not only develop their knowledge, skills, independence, confidence, and resilience, but also constantly move their learning forward.

Our role as adults is to teach, support, extend and stimulate our children’s learning through initiating and extending their experiences by interacting skillfully and sensitively with each child in order to scaffold, support and enhance their learning.

We strive to create and maintain a successful partnership with parents/carers, as we recognise, that together we can have a significant impact on a child’s learning. We also welcome and actively encourage parents to participate confidently in their child’s education and care in a variety of ways. We send out a weekly email to all parents/carers explaining what the children are learning about in all of the seven areas of learning for example Mathematics, Literacy/Phonics and topic work, etc.

In the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms, we have got lots of weekly topics, which relate to our Literacy Curriculum, our children’s interests or special events and festivals such as ‘the History of our School’, ‘Bonfire and Divali’,  ‘Road Safety Week’, ‘Poetry Week’, ‘Recycling Week and Switch it off fortnight’, ‘Christmas’, ‘Chinese New Year’, ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ and the ‘Big Bird Watch’ and topics that relate to  PSED/PSHE such as ‘Feelings and Friendships’, ‘Anti-Bullying Week’.
Our topics are however flexible and change depending on the interests of the children and their needs. Children are encouraged to bring in things to share with the class during ‘Show and Tell’ which are related to our topics.

We have planned several trips for this year. A trip ‘to RHS Wisley Garden’ and to ‘Gatton Park’ for a ‘Teddy bears’ picnic.

Please click the links below for further information about our Reception Class.
The road to school Rabbits

Rabbits Welcome Parents Meeting- September

St Matthews EYFS Policy 2020-2021

St Matthews Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Policy

St Matthews Home visit Policy 2020-2021

St Matthews Camera and Mobile Phone Policy 2020-21

Please click the links below for information on what we are learning this term.

Autumn Term:

Rabbits Class Curriculum Overview Autumn Term 2020

Other Subjects Curriculum Planning Overview 2020-2021

Topic Web- Starting School- Autumn 1

Topic Web- Feelings and Friendship – Autumn 1

Topic Web- History of our school- Autumn 1

Topic Web- Harvest- Autumn 1

Topic Web-Seasons- throughout the year

Topic Web- Celebrations – throughout the year

Topic Web-Looking after myself- throughout the year

Topic Web- Our world- throughout the year

Topic Web-How to keep safe- throughout the year

Please click the links below for information on how we teach phonics and maths along with some information about the  routines in Rabbits Class and some ideas for activities you can do at home.

Rabbits Class Phonics – Literacy presentation

Phonics Terminology

Rabbits Class Reading Books Timetable

Progression of sounds

Activities to build letter sound links

Phonics booklet for parents

Phonics games that can be played at home

How to grip the pencil correctly

Line Guide for writing

Handwriting St Matthew

Ideas for learning keywords

Games for learning high frequency words


Maths Parents Workshop- September 2020

Reception Curriculum Map

Year R Mathematics Mastery Programme of Study

Glossary of Mathematics Mastery Terms

Maths Booklet Early Years

Maths activities to be done at home

KS1 Number Games to Play








Next Steps for Depth of Understanding guidance

Next steps for depth with explanations 

Please click below for further information about what we have been up to in Rabbits Class.

We loved having our parents come and join us in our Phonics lesson!

Our exciting visit from the Painshill Firebrigade!

'Greenie' our Christmas Class Elf sent from Santa

Making our lanterns for the Cobham Lantern Parade

Look what we have done in the Autumn Term

We love our first half term in Rabbits Class!!

Our Classroom - Rabbits

Our topic 'Fairy Tales' 2019

World Book Day 2019

Some of our fun activities during the Spring Term 2019

Our first school trip 2019

Our tadpoles 2019

Super Science Week 2019

Room on the broom- Outdoor Learning 2019

Stickman- Outdoor Learning 2019

The doctor came to visit us 2019

Big Bird Watch Week 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

Rabbits does Strictly 2018

Advent at Downside Chapel 2018