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Speenhamland School

Speenhamland School

Reception Provision

Welcome to Reception at Speenhamland School

We believe in an individualised approach to visiting our school and are offering prospective parents the opportunity to 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

We strongly believe that every child is a unique individual and all children learn in a variety of ways and at different stages. As a result of this, we follow a learning through play approach in our environment that is suitable for each individual child.

Throughout the school day, pupils have the opportunity to access the full setting across two large indoor spaces and an outside area, which are carefully set out to ensure they are engaging for all children. This supports and motivates their learning through providing spaces that are authentic, cosy and welcoming. Learning experiences are planned for and extended through play, based on the children’s interests and ideas to allow them to develop their skills and understanding, and to develop their curiosity in the world around them and build relationships.

Our environment and learning experiences allow children to develop their Characteristics of Effective Learning, providing them with life-long skills. These skills include using their own ideas, collaboration, problem-solving, resilience, adaptability and making connections.

The Reception year group is split into two classes: Wisteria Class and Willow Class. The children have access to the full setting with the full cohort and at key times of the day, the children get together with their own class for group times.


What does School Readiness look like at Speenhamland?

To be ready for school we expect children…

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


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.