Grassmoor Primary School

Nurture, Grow, Succeed


Nursery Teacher : Mrs Clair Sanders

Teaching Assistants : Miss Nicole Millward, Miss Rachel Bennett, Mrs Elizabeth Pickering & Mrs Jade O'Donnell



Click below to see our mid-term and long-term plans:

Spring Term Plan

 Reception Long Term Plan


In Reception your child will learn through a programme of teaching and learning set out by the Government Department of Education called the ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage’ [EYFS].

The stage covers 7 areas of learning and development.

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

 It is expected that children will learn through: Playing and Exploring – engagement, Active Learning – motivation and Creative and Critical Thinking - thinking.

These are called the Characteristics of Learning.

Our aim is to create and provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment for our children that feels like an extension of their family. Our primary concern is the children's well-being,` we support this through a structured and loving environment. We help them to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and also encourage them to mix socially. The Early Years classrooms are stimulating and inviting for the children and they have access to all the areas and equipment independently. Children have free flow access to the resources and the outdoor area which encourages good social integration and opportunities to develop independence. This includes their own art and craft area, role play corner, writing area, maths area, library area, sand and water play as well as an investigation area. We communicate with parents daily and encourage parents to get involved with their child’s learning, progress and assessments. We also use an application called Class Dojo which frequently updates parents on what their child is doing throughout the day. Parent consultations are held termly.

Snacks and drinks 

During the day your child will be given a drink or milk or water and a piece of fruit. Sometimes, they will have other foods that may have some relevance to the week’s learning. The children will be expected to collect and put away their snacks and beakers independently. Please feel free to send your child with their own water bottle.


Most of the activities in the Early Years involve painting, gluing and water as well as playing with materials such as clay, plasticine and play dough etc. The school has a simple school uniform which includes a polo shirt and a school sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo. These can be purchased from the school office. As we also spend part of our day outside, please ensure that your child has a suitable coat and footwear every day. Your child also needs to wear clothing that can be easily removed when going to the toilet this will help your child to avoid distressing accidents. 

Learning at home 

Each term, your child will be sent home with a topic newsletter explaining what they are learning in class as well as providing information about how you can support learning at home.  You will need to support your child by listening to them read at least three times a week, daily if possible.