Reception 2023 - 2024

Miss Stritch

Reception Teacher

Hello from the Reception team here at Middleforth Church of England Primary School. 

As a school our aim is to provide the children with the most wonderful school experience from the very beginning.
From the minute our children step through the doors on their first day of school they are at the centre of everything we do. Here in reception we provide a learning environment that is inclusive, personalised, engaging and nurturing. Over the past few years I have adapted our indoor and outdoor classroom to suit the children's interests and we work hard as a team to imbed positive attiututes towards school and learning. 

In reception, we carefully facilitate the ‘characteristics of effective learning’. These are the fundamental skills and attitudes required to help children become lifelong learners, focusing on not just what children need to learn but how they learn it.

Reception children develop the ability to become independent and capable learners for life when we focus on the following skills and attitudes:

  • Being willing to have a go and try something new
  • Bouncing back after difficulties and persisting in the face of challenge
  • Being encouraged and supported to have their own ideas
  • Finding more than one way of doing something
  • Being proud of how they achieve something, not just the achievement itself
  • Making links and connections between their learning



What a great day we had in Rececption. Two weeks running up to World Book Day, our focus story in English was SUPERTATO! Earlier in the week we had a disaster... Evil Pea escaped out of our school freezer, we had to warn the rest of the school. The children made WANTED posters and set up a trap to catch Evil Pea. On World Book Day, to our suprise...WE CAPTURED EVIL PEA!!!!

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Learning Environment
Our learning environment focuses on the 'Curiosity Approach' The curiosity approach aims to give children back their freedom by igniting their natural curiosity and imagination. When adopting this teaching method, children are able to think for themselves, make their own choices, and direct their own learning. We use every day 'real' and natural resources, creating calm & tranquil plays spaces, moving away from bright colours & plastic toys. 



 'The Curiosity Approach aims to create ‘thinkers & doers’ by putting the child at the centre of their own development and education. Modern toys and technology are removed from the learning environment and replaced with everyday items to encourage children’s natural curiosity and eagerness to explore and create.

The Curiosity Approach draws from various other philosophies of early years education, including the Reggio Emilia approach, Te Whãriki, Montessori, Pikler and Steiner.''-




Miss Stritch ( Reception Class Teacher & EYFS Lead )  



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