Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

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Meet the team!

Information About Fairlight Reception 

Early Years Areas of Learning

At Fairlight we teach a play based curriculum that follows the ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’.  This is split into three prime areas and four specific areas as described below. Foundation Stage covers our 50 place Nursery and 2 Reception classes. At Fairlight we recognise that every child is an individual with their own special needs, wants, likes and dislikes. We will work hard to provide your child with learning experiences which celebrate their achievements, develop their learning needs and support them in becoming confident explorers and learners.

Prime Areas of Learning

Physical Development

Teaching children about how to become and stay healthy is extremely important. We give children opportunities to move with confidence, imagination and safety, in a wide variety of situations.  We teach the children about food and promote healthy eating habits. The children are also encouraged and taught to use a range of small and large equipment carefully and confidently to develop their co-ordination.


Personal Social and Emotional

 Your child’s well being is our number one priority. In this area of the curriculum we provide children with experiences and support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; good social skills; and a positive attitude to learning.  At Fairlight we recognise the importance of supporting and developing children in this area of the curriculum so that they can achieve their full potential in the other areas.

Communication and Language

At Fairlight we want children to become skillful communicators and that is what this area is all about. The focus is on developing good listening skills, clear speaking abilities and the capacity to demonstrate that they understand what they have heard.Children are encouraged to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills through play and small group work. As they gain in confidence they will be able to use these skills to talk to a range of people and different audiences.

Specific Areas of Learning


At Fairlight we want children to become confident readers and writers. The children are read to daily and encouraged to spend time reading and re-telling stories using story sacks where they can develop their story telling language. Children have opportunities for mark making using a variety of materials and through more structured ‘Write Dance’ sessions. This encourages their writing which is developed in Reception where children can apply their phonic knowledge to write a range of words and sentences and begin writing for a range of purposes such as lists, instructions and stories.



In our everyday lives we all use mathematical ideas and problem solving skills. In this area children will learn to know and use numbers and counting in play, and eventually recognise and use numbers reliably. It develops calculation skills teaching children to compare numbers and learn about addition and subtraction. It also covers learning about shapes and quantities, and developing appropriate vocabulary to describe these. All of this knowledge is then used to develop mathematical ideas and to solve problems.


Expressive Arts and Design

Children's creativity and curiosity is developed through their exploration and imaginative play. They are provided with opportunities to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings. The children do this through a variety of art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities. They are encouraged to express themselves using a range of media and materials such as paint and collage.


Understanding the World

In this curriculum area children are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and understanding that help them to make sense of the world. Their learning is supported through offering opportunities for them to use a range of tools safely; encounter creatures, people, plants and objects in their natural environments and in real-life situations; carry out practical 'experiments'; and work with a range of materials. They use computers and technology and start to develop a sense of the past and present. The children also begin to learn about their own and other people's cultures in order to understand and celebrate the similarities and differences between them in our diverse school community and the wider world.



All of the learning in these areas of the curriculum are taught through ‘Playing and Exploring’, ‘Active Learning’ and ‘Creating and Thinking Critically’. These are known as the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’.



Half-termly Newsletters!

Please read our latest newsletter to find out what the children will be learning this term and also events happening in the school. 



Here are a list of educational games that are fun to play with your child at home!

Your child will soon be given a log in to play Purple Mash games at home too. 

maths Click on Maths Games to play lots of fun maths games

english   Click on English to find links to plenty of helpful websites


link to Purple Mash website 

Click on Purple Mash to explore, improve your skills and knowledge and have fun in lots of creative ways. 

If you don't have your login details, speak to your class teacher

Healthy Eating!

By giving your child a healthy balanced diet, you are ensuring that they are getting all the essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that children need for healthy growth and development. Please see our leaflet for ideas of a healthy packed lunch! 

Take a look below at some of the great things we have been doing in Reception this term

What we will be leaNext Pagerning about in Spring 2..

 Our topic this term is 'Fairytales'. Please see below for an overview of what we will be learning. 


What we will be leaNext Pagerning about in Spring 1..

 Our topic this term is 'The Land of Make Believe'! We will be looking at superheros, dinosaurs, witches and pirates!

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What we will be learning in Autumn 2..

Next half term we will be starting the term with looking at Fireworks night. Then we will be continuing our topic of 'celebrations' by learning about Diwali and Christmas. 

What we have been learning about so far this term..

7th February: 

The children have been really excited this week because they discovered dinosaur footprints and a dinosaur egg! 

25th January: 

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Craft Afternoon! The children enjoyed sharing their learning with their family and friends! 

6th December:

Thank you to all the parents who came to the Reading Open Afternoon. Please find information from the event below.

16th November:

Please make sure your child has a book bag as they will be receiving a 'My Phonics Book' this week.

16th November:

Please see below for homework this week.


9th November:

Please see below for homework this week.

9th November:

All of the children had a fab time at the school disco!

8th November:

Thank you to all the parents who turned up for our phonics session! We hope you found the session useful. Please find below a copy of the presentation and handout. We will be holding a Reading Open Afternoon in the coming weeks so watch this space for dates and times! 

19th October:

What a great end to the term! The children took part in their 'mindfulness' afternoon. We did some meditating, yoga and went on a walk around the garden. We then sat down and discussed what we had seen in the garden and how it made us feel. At the end of the day we played some circle games and sang some songs! 

19th October:

 Please see below for homework this week. Have a happy and restful two weeks holiday! 

18th October:

We've made it to the end of term, hooray! All of the Early Years Team are very proud of the children for working so hard this term. This week we have had some Halloween activities in the classroom. We've been counting pumpkin seeds and decorating Halloween pictures. This week will end with our Mindfulness Sponsored Event. Please support the children by getting as many sponsors as you can! 

12th October:

Jellyfish have had a busy week learning all about autumn! Children bought in some lovely autumn objects they had found on their way to school. They also created lovely autumn pictures!

9th October:

We had some special visitors from the charity 'Off the Fence' to come and visit us. They spoke to us about the Harvest festival and read us a story!

We have been very busy on our first half term! We have been exploring our new learning environment and getting to know each other. We had visitors for members of the school and we also went to visit Lynn in the office!

Dates for the diary!

Reception Christmas Show!  – 13th December and 14th December, 9.15-10 am.