Charlton Church of EnglandPrimary School ‘Transforming lives through God’s embrace'

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Welcome toCharlton Church of EnglandPrimary School ‘Transforming lives through God’s embrace'


Reception Class

Welcome to Duckling Class Page! 

Please scroll down for further information about our lovely class- where we play and learn together!

Thank you,

Mrs Morton

EYFS Lead and Year R teacher

2023 EYFS Curriculum

At Charlton Primary School, we believe that our Early Years Foundation Stage provides children with firm foundations to build upon and create life-long learners. It is our intent that the children develop emotionally, creatively, verbally, physically, spiritually and intellectually. We set high expectations for all areas of our curriculum and create knowledge-rich topics, catered to the children’s interests, to support the children’s cultural capital. At Charlton, we inspire children to have a ‘love of learning’ and support the development of the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.  We value the uniqueness of every single child that enters our classroom and ensure all their needs are met to help children to achieve their full potential.


Our reception class follow the EYFS framework and use the Development Matters as a supportive guide alongside the statutory framework.


The framework has seven categories these are:


The Prime Areas:-


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


And The Specific Areas:-


  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts


Our class motto is toChoose kindness, Always try your best and then you can be anything you want to be – you are blessed!' This is embedded in all aspects of our curriculum.

Please see the our Long term plan, which showcases some general topics we teach in Year R!




We record the children’s learning on the ‘Tapestry’ online learning journals and parents will receive regular updates of their child’s learning. Please make sure you have provided Mrs Morton with an up-to-date email address.

Our Curriculum Goals!

We love to Play! V.I.P - Very Important Play time!

At this stage of a child’s development it is still very important that children are allowed to play. A great amount of learning and socialising is done through both structured and free play. Please bear this in mind when your child says they have played all day- that is a good sign!

“Play is a child’s work and the means whereby they grow and develop.”

The first half term will be devoted to settling the children into school and adjusting to new routines. During this time an assessment will be carried out in order to help support the children with their next steps of learning and for Mrs Morton to plan accordingly- catering for each individual child’s needs and class interests. We plan play weekly and update according to the children's interests. The children access their own materials during child initiated time and are challenged through questioning and support from adults using the scaffolding and social technique.

We call our Continuous Provision play - V.I.P time = Very Important Play time. 


We have high expectations for all our children!


Although the children in Class R are new to school, we do expect to set the tone for the rest of their stay at Charlton School. With this in mind high standards of behaviour and a responsible attitude towards work and play are encouraged and rewarded. Stickers and certificates are given for children’s effort and excellence on a weekly basis. Parents are also updated on their child’s achievements in school via the ‘Tapestry’ app and most recent learning journal notifications. Parents can also send updates on their child’s accomplishments from home, using the ‘Tapestry’ app.


Class Rules
1. We listen to our teachers

2. We speak kind words
3. We have kind hands and feet
4. We keep our classroom tidy
5. We walk in school
6. We always tell the truth


In Duckling Class, a system of rewarding good behaviour is in place. Each child in the class has a clothes peg with their name written on it. This peg is clipped onto a ‘sunshine’ – if a child keeps all of the class rules they stay on the sunshine. If they break one of the rules their peg moved from the sunshine onto the ‘time-to-talk'. Once on the 'time-to-talk', a child can move back onto the sunshine by proving they can keep the class rules the next day. If they are super they can go on the star for the day. Their name will be put into a prize draw and winners will be announced weekly.



Reading and phonics!

We are continuing to use the phonics scheme called ‘Little Wandle’. 

Thank you to those parents who attended the Little Wandle Phonics training. Please use the link to find help and support for parents. Your child has now received their decodable reading book and a sharing book. These will be changed every Friday.  Please continue to support your child, with their phonics,  using the Little Wandle home learning sheets that are shared every Monday. 


Charlton Bear!

We are very excited to announce that Charlton Bear will be visiting the children's homes! This is a speaking and listening activity to help your child talk about what happened when they took the class bear home and to share their experiences with the class. When it is your child's turn, they will receive the bear in a yellow bag. Please complete the little diary insert so we can share this at school. Ideas for the diary page could include: photos, children's drawings/writing, stickers, achievements or anything you wish to include. We hope the children enjoy their turn with the bear!


If you need to speak to the class teacher about any aspect of your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to contact the school office to arrange a telephone appointment.

Parent Volunteers - click this link:

Parent Volunteer form

EYFS policy 2023-24