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Welcome to Reception! Our teachers are Mrs Whitelock, Mrs Wright and Mr Evans. We are supported by an amazing team that includes Mrs Skears, Mrs Payne, Mrs Bennett, Miss Pinnock, Mrs Heary and Mrs Wood just to name a few!


In Reception we strive to nurture and encourage our children into becoming happy, confident, competent and lifelong learners. Our aim is for the children to develop independence and to continue to develop across all 7 areas of learning, with every child at the very centre of this. With this in mind we have adopted hygge across the Foundation Stage - having more neutral, calm and inviting spaces that allow our children to feel secure and in a home from home, with lower lighting and lots of opportunities to self select alongside adult initiated enhancements to take their learning forwards.


Transition into Reception is really important, we offer many opportunities to build relationships with our families so that parents can meet staff and feel as secure as possible about making the step into full time school and we offer stay and play sessions for prospective Reception children too in terms 5 and 6. 


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, within which there are 7 areas of learning. These are split into prime areas, and specific areas. They are all important and also inter-connected. These are:


Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Specific Areas:

  • Literacy 
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design 

At Bure Park we use Development Matters as supporting guidance for all 7 areas of learning and we access these through a mixture of adult led carpet time sessions, continuous provision, child initiated and adult initiated opportunities and focus activities. Learning through play has a central role in our curriculum, we call this 'playing to learn'. We love exploring our wealth of outdoor space as well as our indoor spaces for this. We have a strong emphasis on the Characteristics of Effective Learning - how the children learn and develop skills through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.


Communication and Language development is key and we support this with WellComm - a wonderful tool for identifying and targeting support to ensure progress as communication and language is the key to so many wonderful things! In reception, as we do across the whole school, we follow the mastery approach for maths, and have a daily maths carpet time. The mastery approach allows for opportunities to learn and revisit and thus develop a deeper understanding of number and numerical patterns. Our children develop their literacy skills with the support of daily Read, Write Inc sessions and we use this alongside carefully planned work around meaningful topics and high quality books that allow us to explore wonderful language and expand our love of fiction and non-fiction texts. 


As we approach the end of the academic year, supporting our children's transition into Year 1 is really important to us. We do this in a number of ways such as having play times on the main side, sharing stories with future Year 1 teachers and experiencing transition day, in line with the rest of the school. Using ongoing assessments and our knowledge of each child we also report to the government with regards to the Early Learning Goals and how confident each child is with these.  


Links for Remote Learning:

Oak Academy

Cosmic Kids


Bure Park Primary School

Lucerne Avenue, Bure Park, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 3BP

01869 354059