West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust


Please click here for the Reception Word Aware words for the second half of the Spring term

Please click here for the Reception year curriculum overview


Please click here for the Reception information slides for September 2020 

Please click here for the reading information slides from October 2020

Year R Writing Workshop - please click here for the notes

Year R 'Helping your child at home' - please click here for the Maths information

Year R 'Helping your child at home' - please click here for the Handwriting information

Children in Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. There are seven areas of learning:

The Prime Areas –

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED) – Managing Feelings, Making Relationships, Self Confidence and Self Awareness
• Communication and Language (CL) – Speaking, Understanding, Listening and Attention

• Physical Development (PD) – Moving and Handling, Health and Self Care

The Specific Areas –

• Literacy - Reading and Writing
• Mathematics – Number, Shape, Space and Measure
• Understanding The World – Technology, People and Communities, The World
• Expressive Arts and Design – Being Imaginative, Exploring and Using Media and Materials


Please click on the links below for information about the Early Learning Goals that we are working towards by the end of the year

Communication and Language

Expressive Arts and Design



Physical Development


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Religious Education

Understanding the World

Top Tips for Foundation Parents (click to download the following for printing)

  • Use a variety of creative tools (scissors, paper, thread/string, tweezers, chalk, pens, playdough) to help develop fine motor skills.
  • Read to your child as often as possible – any time, any place, anywhere. Do shared reading of their school books (Reception) but also do remember to keep a special time when you can cuddle up and share stories that the children really love. The more a child can see that you enjoy reading and see it as a valuable skill, the more likely your child will want to read and see the importance of reading in their learning.
  • Play games with your child. E.g. I-spy, connect 4, hangman.
  • Allow your child to be as active and physical as possible. E.g. trips to the park, playing football in the garden, running races, gymnastics/ dance clubs or going swimming.
  • Maths should be learnt in a practical manner. E.g. counting knives and forks as you lay the table, recognising numbers as you walk down the street, counting the cars which go past your house, counting down from 10 before starting a race, using the words more/less when making comparisons of amounts of sweets in a jar.
  • Encourage your child to become increasingly more independent. E.g. Being able to dress/undress, put their coat on, do up their buttons, tidying up after themselves and finding things for themselves.
  • Listen to and spend quality time with your child. Children develop their spoken language before being able to read or write. Encourage your child to take an interest in the world around them by asking questions using how, when, where, who and why.
  • Allow your child to interact with other children – encourage play dates. Social communication is one of the main areas of learning assessed in foundation stage. Encourage your child to share, play fairly and think of others feelings.
  • School can be tiring! Please listen to your child’s needs and ensure that your child gets enough sleep. 



Please click here to download the homework policy

Our approach to homework is one where we believe that homework should complement our learning in school and not be a stressful experience at home.

Parents are key educators in their children’s lives and have a critical influence over the success of children’s learning. We suggest that in the early stages of a child’s school life at least 10 minutes is set aside each day to talk to your child about their learning, to read with your child, play games and develop their self-help skills.

As your child moves through the Primary phase they will begin to have more formal tasks such as learning multiplication tables and spellings, projects; and be expected to work for longer periods and with increasing independence.

Homework can also be a walk in the park, a swimming trip, baking, an art activity, visiting family.


For the full version of the spelling lists, please click on the following link:



To find out more about the curriculum we follow, please click on the following link: