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Speenhamland School

Speenhamland School

Reception Provision

Welcome to Wisteria Class, Speenhamland School’s Reception Class.

We believe in an individualised approach to visiting our school and are offering prospective parents the opportunity book a personalised tour of our exciting learning environment with a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Contact the school office today to book this. A copy of our prospectus can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.


An Overview

Wisteria Class is taught by Miss Hipgrave, a teacher with a wealth of experience within the Early Years Foundation Stage who works closely alongside a team of teaching assistants who benefit from Early Years’ understanding and training suitable to this age group. Our team is overseen by Mrs Allen, who is our knowledgeable EYFS and KS1 lead.  We strongly believe that every child is a unique individual and all children learn in a variety of ways.  As a result of this, we follow a learning through play approach to our teaching. Throughout the school day, pupils have the opportunity to access carefully planned activities that encourage the children to take their learning further in continuous provision. Foundation Subjects are planned and taught throughout the day in a progressive nature based on the needs of the cohort. Our curriculum has been developed with Subject Leads within the school to ensure our pupils gain a broad knowledge and understanding to support them with their future learning within the rest of the school. Our 12 “End of Year Goals” consolidate all of the skills we have been learning throughout the year to show progression we have made.


What does School Readiness look like at Speenhamland?

To be ready for school we expect children…

  • To sit and listen for a short period of time
  • To be aware of other children
  • To understand the word stop and that such a phrase might be used to prevent danger
  • To be able to recognise their own name
  • To be toilet trained and able to go to the toilet independently
  • To speak to an adult to ask for their needs to be met
  • To be able to take off their coat and put on shoes
  • To talk in sentences
  • To understand the behavioural expectations of the setting


Getting Ready For School
What really helps us most is if your child is ready for learning.  The most important thing you can teach your child is independence. The social skills your child needs to start school are more important than whether they can write their name.