Welcome to our Reception Page
Our EYFS vision statement:
At Prince of Wales we believe that children need to have a safe, nurturing environment where children can develop their awe and wonder of the world. We aim to provide a stimulating, child centred place of learning that promotes an independent, confident and happy child with a passion for learning.
Nursery and Reception Classes are based in The Woodlands building
Please click on the link below if you are going to join our school. It has lots of useful information for our Reception parents/carers.
We have three reception classes.
At Prince of Wales Primary School we believe that our Early Years Foundation Stage is crucial in developing firm foundations to be built upon through our school journey and beyond. It is our intent that the children who enter our EYFS develop physically, verbally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually whilst embedding a positive attitude to school and learning in order for each child to achieve and develop their full potential. We set high expectations throughout all areas of school life in our EYFS and aim for all children to achieve their fullest potential.
Our nursery and reception classes follow the EYFS Statutory framework and curriculum which has 7 main areas of learning:
The Prime areas:
Personal, Social and EMaotional development
Communication and Language
The Specific areas:
Understanding the World
We implement these areas of learning by providing a child centred, safe and stimulating environment that allows children to discover, be challenged, consolidate and achieve their very best while developing resilience and independence. At the very heart of our curriculum are the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning.’ We aim to develop these key characteristics of Playing and Learning, Active Learning and Thinking Critically so that the children have these key skills to help them learn and grow into lifelong learners.
Our indoor and outdoor environments are continually adapted to meet the developing needs and interests of our children. Our outdoor area is a very important part of our provision and children have access to this every day.
In the final term of reception, reception children are assessed, mainly through play in order to make a final judgement using the EYFS profile. We will either use the term ’emerging’ or ‘expected’ to describe our judgements.
As part of our EYFS framework, we are required to have the children play outside every day, even when it is cold or raining. We ask that all parents provide warm clothing in colder months and wellington boots that stay in school at all times. If your child is in Nursey we ask that you provide the children with plimsolls for the inside also. Please ensure your child’s name is on everything – even shoes.
Click here to read our EYFS Policy
Curriculum map spring 2 2023 reception
School hours in EYFS
Morning Place 8.30am – 11.30am (8.30am-8.45am Soft Start and 11.15am Soft End).
Afternoon Space 12.15pm- 3.15pm (12.00pm-12.15pm Soft Start and 3.00pm – 3.15pm Soft End)
We have a limited number of 30 hour spaces. Please contact our school office if you are interested in a 30 hour place.
8.50am – 3.15pm – Children are marked late from 8.55am. If your child arrives to school after 8.55am they will be marked in as late. Please go to the office to be marked in then walk back to the woodlands with your child.
After school, any children collected late will be sent to our late room in the main school and the schools’ late collection policy will be followed.
Breakfast Club and After School CLub:
Before school we have a Breakfast Club for Reception children which runs from 07:30 to 08:45am. Please ask the school office for information on the after school club. This is called Walker after school club. Please ask at the office if you are interested in booking a place.
How to apply for a place at our Nursery and Reception
If you would like to apply for a place at our school please click on the link to contact Enfield admissions for details of when to apply for a Nursery or Reception place.
Reading and Phonics
We use RWI in our school from Nursery. We learn phonics every day. Please check our newsletter for regular updates on new phonic workshops. Please join us as we talk through how we teach your child to read and write in reception and how you can help them at home.
Please click on this link to find out more about our Phonic scheme:
Parent guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics – Oxford OwL
Please click here for lots of RWI information
Reading with your child at home
How to say the letter sounds. Click here.
Your child will receive a reading folder with a reading record. Once your child has learnt their sounds and is blending they will receive a reading book. Please read with your child for 10 minutes every day. All children will also receive a bedtime story book. This is for YOU to read to your child. ( Please do not ask your child to read the bedtime story book.)
Do you like stories?
Click here to listen to lots of stories read by all the wonderful staff at Prince of Wales:
Click on the following link to claim your free BookTrust pack.
All children have received their Homework books. Please make sure your child completes their weekly homework as well as read their reading books every day. If your child has not received their reading book it means they still need to learn their letter sounds/ blend. Please practise their letter sound tiles every day as explained in our phonic workshop. Please remember to support your child every day and sign their diary once a week. If you have any queries, please come and find us and we will be happy to help.
Parent Workshops and Story Cafe’s
We have Story Cafe’s every half term. Make sure you come!
Here are some photos of us learning in Reception.
How can you help your child at home?
Make time to talk through what your child has done that day.
Share books, songs and games with your child, and talk about them together.
Talk to your child, introducing new words whenever you can. Children learning English as an additional language need first to develop confidence in their home language.
Help your child to recognize shapes, colours, numbers and words in familiar places such as food packets, street signs and advertisements.
Provide opportunities for your child to investigate and ask questions about the world around.
Encourage your child to use pens, pencils, chalk, paints and simple tools, such as scissors.
Write your child’s name and help him or her to recognise it.
Introduce the language of counting during activities such as cooking and shopping.
Provide opportunities for running, climbing and chasing.
Let your child enjoy and invent sounds, words, songs, music and rhymes.
Quotes from our parents
“I am very happy with the support and advice the teachers have given me regarding my child’s development. I also have found the parenting sessions very helpful as they gave me a lot of advice that I can do to support the development of my child.”
“I am so pleased with the progress my child has made in school. He is always so pleased and excited about everything he does in school.”
“ I am so happy with the progress she has made this year! She has really come a long way from when she started.”
“ Since my child started Reception, I have seen a big improvement in her writing and reading. Her teacher has been a great teacher and support to my child. She has always kept me informed of anything I needed to know regarding her. She has had a great year at Prince of Wales!”
“ As usual I come into my child’s class for parent’s evening and I am overfilled with joy and happiness to see the amazing work she has done and to see her play. It really is such a special moment and I thank her teachers for all their hard work. my child loves you and I do too.”
EducationCity.com ( for a free trial)
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/library-page ( log in – for free) Gives you access to hundreds of online books to read with your child.
www.readingeggs.co.uk ( school has paid for your log in fee)
Youtube The Reading Machine, Letters and Sounds (phonics articulation or phonics song )
Family Learning www.familylearning.org.uk
BBC schools website www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs