Crowle C of E First School

Crowle C of E First School

Caring. Confident. Committed to Learning.

School Lane, Crowle, Worcester WR7 4AT

01905 381206


Welcome to Reception's class page


Our class teacher is called Miss K Uzzell and our teaching assistant is Miss P Simpson.

Mrs L Lindsay teaches Reception on a Monday. 

In Reception the curriculum is based on Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.  The ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ underpin everything we do in Early Years. These  guide staff to reflect on the different ways in which children learn. 

The curriculum is delivered through continual provision and small group activities designed to specifically target key areas of learning.  We have a clear emphasis on offering exciting learning opportunities that extends children's vocabulary, and enables them to make connections across their learning.

Our environment is specifically set up to provide children with access to a range of free choice learning opportunities which are initiated from their individual interests. We always ensure children have time to explore a range of aspects of learning and development: mark making (early writing); maths; creative; reading; communication; social interaction to name a few.

Whilst children have free choice of activities, highly trained staff will intervene when needed to move learning forward. Key learning points are modelled in circle time or scaffolded through group work or with individuals.

Further information regarding our Crowle EYFS Curriculum (including our long term plan, topics and vocab taught) can be found on the Powerpoint below:

EYFS Curriculum at Crowle First School


We also have clear "checkpoints" that we assess children against throughout the year.  These are shared with parents, and are used in school to regularly assess children's progress and to implement a support program for children who are not yet meeting the checkpoints at the required times.  Details of our checkpoints can be found below:

Communication and Language Checkpoints

Personal, Social and Emotional Development / Literacy Checkpoints

Physical Development Checkpoints

Maths Checkpoints

Understanding the World Checkpoints

Expressive Arts and Design Checkpoints

Phonics at Crowle First School

Further information re phonics can be found on our curriculum page - phonics.

We hold a Reception parents Phonics Meeting in September.  As part of this we discuss the importance of ensuring you use the correct pronunciation of the phonic sound.  Please find below videos to support parents with how to say the sounds correctly.  As always, should you need any further support then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.


Phonic and Writing Phrases

Phonics Phrases

For each of the Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences in Success for All Phonics we teach children a short alliterative phrase to help them to remember it, e.g. for ‘s’ we have ‘The snake slides and slithers.’ If your child is having difficulty in remembering a GPC, reminding them of the alliterative phrase might help. We also have helpful video guidance for this that can be viewed here.

Letter Formation Cues

When children learn to write lower case letters in the correct way, we use a short rhyme to help them remember how they should do this, e.g. for ‘s’ this is ‘Left around, right around, from head to tail.’ We want children to form their letters in the correct way as early as possible and prevent them from developing poor letter writing habits that will need to be corrected later.

The table below contains a list of Phonics Phrases and Letter Formation Cues to support with reading and writing at home.

Maths Resources

We follow a mastery maths curriculum at Crowle First School.  This is to enable all children to have a deep understanding of number; what it looks like, what it represents, where it falls on a number line etc.  These powerpoints can be used at home for you to support your child on learning about numbers:

All about number 1                                     All about number 6

All about number 2                                     All about number 7

All about number 3                                     All about number 8

All about number 4                                     All about number 9

All about number 5                                     All about number 10


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School Day Information:

  • Monday children have PE. Please ensure their PE kit is clearly labelled with their name.
  • Friday they have Forest School.  Please don't send in any clothes you don't mind getting messy.
  • We ask that you hear your child ready EVERY night - and that you sign their reading diary each day to allow for communication between teacher and parent re your child's reading achievements and next steps.
  • Children will be given homework every Friday via Seesaw.  We would ask that this is returned to school no later than Wednesday of the next week, to enable teachers to mark the work and prepare for the next weeks homework.
  • Children will be given a library book and a maths game every Friday, these are to be kept at home until the following Friday, when they will be exchanged for a new one.

Children will need to bring a named water bottle in with them every day, and a healthy snack.  They will also need their packed lunch (if you don't choose to have a lunch provided by the school.)

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