Knavesmire Primary School

Trafalgar Street, York, North Yorkshire YO23 1HY

01904 806545 NEW PHONE NUMBER

A Day in the Life of Reception

Planning and Assessment Overview

Reception Summer Timetable


Helping your Reception class child at home

At Knavesmire, we aim to spark the children’s love of learning and create enthusiastic learners who are excited to know more.  We aim to develop critical thinking skills and to spark curiosity. We promote independence, positivity and confidence in a wholesome way and each and every child is valued as an individual.  We believe that these aims should be at the heart of any learning; in school or at home.


Here are some ways to help your child with their learning in Reception:


  1. Encourage personal hygiene – in particular hand-washing after using the toilet.
  2. Share books regularly with your child. Listen to your child read little and often when they bring a reading book home.
  3. Encourage independence in dressing and making healthy food choices.
  4. Help develop your child’s skills in segmenting and blending by playing “robot talk” or “sound-talk” games. Segment CVC words aloud for your child to recognise.
  5. Practise counting to 20 and encourage your child spot numbers in the environment. Give your child opportunities to count objects and say one more or less than a given number.
  6. Help your child complete handwriting sitting at a table using a pencil.


We feel that parent/teacher communication is key to success and we would encourage any information/interests/issues to be shared with the team. This will allow us to work together to develop encourage the children’s knowledge and understanding through things that interest them and take into account their own unique qualities.


When helping your child at home, remember, they have most probably been at school all day, so learning should always be fun and brief. At this age, children learn best through play and things that interest them, so don’t underestimate the power of play!


Encouraging your children to become independent in daily life as well as their learning is a large step for children when children first start Reception. One important tip that we would give is to give your child the time to be independent, set aside the extra time needed to allow your child to practice skills for themselves. The following quote is taken from  and we feel that is highlights the great importance of allowing children to build confidence by doing things for themselves.

Communication and Language

Communication and language skills build the foundations for further learning such as reading, writing and understanding. Having regular conversation’s with your child and modelling good listening skills will help your child to develop essential skills.

Please visit the Hungry Little Minds Government campaign for further information 


Read, Read, Read! If we can encourage any home learning to be done regularly, it is reading! Reading with your child every day (even if it is just a couple of pages!) will help them to practice their phonic skills and embed the learning that we have been doing in school. Reading books will be matched to the phase/set of sounds that we have been learning.

Phonics –

Phonics can be hard to grasp for some adults that did not learn to read and write through phonics at school. Please see our Phonics power point for detailed information on how you can support your child at home. Please ask if there is anything you are unsure of.

See phonics power point for a list of useful websites.


Throughout Knavesmire Primary School we follow the letters and sounds scheme. Please see the Phonics for Parents Powerpoint further up on this page for further information. Some useful websites are as followed; 

Phonics Resources

We have some resources that hopefully will be helpful.



Before we move onto handwriting, we must ensure that every child has the correct pencil grip. Please see the examples below. You can support your child in developing the muscles needed for holding their pencil correctly through fine motor activities such as pegging things up, using tweezers for pop poms, careful colouring in, drawing large movements with chalk etc.

We use baseline script handwriting at Knavesmire from Reception – Year 6. Please see the examples of ‘how to form letters’ below. We will send out handwriting practice sheets at the end of each half term and we will keep you updated on the letters that we are practising each week. Your child will be provided with a handwriting strip and pen so that you can practice at home. Please ensure that your child is holding their pen/pencil with the correct tripod grip before they begin writing.





Maths is everywhere in your child’s world, weather you notice it or not. It is capacity when playing in the bath with water jugs, it is numerals that they spot on front doors, it is the patterns that they create using shapes. Maths is fun and can be found indoors and out. Giving your child the basic counting principles will lay the foundations for success. Counting objects one by one (that can and cannot be moved) will help your child to understand that numbers represent a certain amount. Counting forward and backwards will help your child to learn 1 more and 1 less. Spotting amounts and then counting them will support subsidising. You can support your child’s mathematical thinking by singing counting songs, recognising numerals in the environment, exploring shapes and generally incorporating maths into everyday play!


Please see the following websites; 

Forest school

Forest school is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands on learning experiences in the natural environment!

We hope to take the children out regularly throughout the year to explore seasonal change, and enjoy a variety of activities in the local environment!

Early Adopter School


This year Nursery and Reception at Knavesmire will be an early adopter school for the new Framework and non-statutory guidance; Development Matters. We will still be working towards Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception but here are some of the changes to note. Please see the above document ‘The Early Learning Goals,’ to see the updated end of Reception ELGs.


Early Years – Early Adopter Status

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is guided by the Statutory Framework for Early Years and a document called 'Development Matters', which sets out the learning, development and assessment requirements for all children until the end of their Reception year. All Early Years practitioners are required to pursue daily rich activities to support each child’s educational development across seven areas of learning. This guidance has been reviewed and the goals for the end of reception year have been updated.


At Knavesmire, we are always keen to be at the forefront of any changes in education and we are excited to become an ‘early adopter’ school ahead of the statutory implementation in September 2021.


The reforms bring about some exciting changes and if you have had a child who has been in Reception in recent years, things may look a little different on Tapestry. However, the EYFS Framework has never prescribed a particular teaching approach and the new framework holds true to this value. Our philosophy of Early Years education remains the same with play and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do.


What does this mean for your child?

Nothing will change for your child. We will continue to offer them the highest quality learning experiences in school and we will continue to develop the whole child, thinking about how they learn and who they are as individuals. Your child will be unaware that anything different is going on, it is definitely business as usual for them!


What does this mean for parents / carers?

Nothing will change for parents/carers. We will continue to support you and value your opinions and knowledge of your child. We will still use Tapestry to record your child’s learning journey, although until Tapestry updates, we will not be linking observations to assessments.

What does this mean for Early Years teachers?

Our teachers have studied the changes and new guidance closely and are quickly becoming experts in what is expected. At the end of the year, we will still use our knowledge of your child, alongside some evidence we have gathered throughout the year, to make judgements about whether they have met their early learning goals. This year the Local Authority will not moderate our judgements, however we are seeking out other schools to link with, share good practice and conduct in house moderation.


Please see the following guidance for more information –

See the link above for all of the new Early Learning Goals.