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Welcome to Reception

New to Reception September 2021

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We would like to take this opportunity to welcome your family and to thank you for choosing our school for your child’s early childhood education needs. Whether you are a first time parent or one with a few years of experience behind you, we are aware that choosing a schoolcan be a very difficult decision. For this reason, we strive to do all we can to help make this choice as easy as possible. Our goal is to provide the very best experience for your family so that you may leave with the peace of mind knowing your child is receiving an unsurpassed education and care.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions it has been necessary to adapt our transition programme in line with current guidelines.  We recognise this is a big step for you and your child and would like to reassure you that we are here to support your family every step of the way. 

Please find below our transition plan:-

Thursday 24th June – A virtual meeting via ‘Teams’ online at 5:00pm 

Thursday 15th July – All children will be invited to a "Meet the Teacher" session 9:00am – 11:15am

During the transition plan, you will receive all the information you need for your child to start Reception in September.

You will have received a pack with Data Collection and Parental Consent forms to ensure we have all the relevant information for your child.  If you could please return these to the school office before the Meet the Teacher session on Thursday 15th July.  I invite all parents, if they would like to, to contact me directly either via email ( or through the school office to welcome you personally to Featherstone Academy.

Please find below the presentation shown in the Teams meeting, along with some useful information and advice on starting school.  Click on the pictures!



RECEPTION INFORMATION SHEET  All useful information can be found here!


"Mark Making"

On behalf of all the children, parents and staff at Featherstone Academy we would like to welcome you to our Foundation stage. We aim for all our children to have a happy and enjoyable start to their Reception year in order to build a successful foundation for learning and we wish to involve you in this process throughout their journey. We hope that this will be the start of a long, happy and successful journey of education for your child here at Featherstone Academy. 

It is widely recognised that a child’s experiences between birth and the age of five have a major impact on their life which is why we ensure each child is offered a secure and happy environment where they feel special and safe throughout Little learners, Nursery and Reception. All our children are encouraged to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow within Featherstone Academy, ensuring they develop the confidence and self-belief to become strong and unique individuals. 

Early Year’s Curriculum 

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum where the ‘Seven Areas of Learning’ are an integral part of each day. We follow the children’s interests and set topics to stimulate excitement and enthusiasm. All children are valued as individuals and work at their own pace, with the support of knowledgeable staff who are able to differentiate activities specifically tailored to the needs of each child.  

Playing, exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically are all essential building blocks crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. This is also vital for building their capacity to learn to form relationships and thrive. Children learn and develop through opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments which is crucial to their Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 


Our Reception Class Team

Miss Odedra - Teacher

Mrs Mitchell - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hadjiouannou - Teaching Assistant

Please click here to view Development Matters Statements

Please click here to view The Early Learning Goals

Please click here to view our Topic Overview

Please click here to view our Welcome to Reception Booklet

Reception Information


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