Matchborough First School Academy

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Foundation Stage

Welcome to Reception

The leader for Reception is Mrs Farr.


At Matchborough First School Academy we have an exciting, vibrant, nurturing Foundation Stage which is made up of a Nursery class and three Reception classes.

Mrs Hines teaches in Nursery and we have three classes in Reception, Turtles, Seahorses and Starfish.

Mrs Farr is the class teacher for Turtles. Mrs Snape and Miss Hughes are Seahorses class teacher. Miss Pelling teaches Starfish class. 

We believe that the first year of school is such an important stage of a child's education. We want the children to enjoy their schooling experience from day one to ensure they develop a life-long love of learning. We aim for the children in Early Years to be:

  • Happy, secure and to feel safe.
  • Independent, self-assured risk takers.
  • Confident and Resilient.
  • Excited and Motivated to learn.
  • Socially strong and able to form positive relationships.

We follow the Early Years curriculum which is divided into seven areas of learning;


Prime areas of learning
    PSED - Personal, social and emotional development

PD - Physical development

C&L - Communication and Language


Specific areas



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


We teach the Early Years Curriculum through a range of strategies to support learning including whole class teaching, child-led and adult-led teaching opportunities. Maths, Phonics and Topic are taught using a whole class method and the other areas of the curriculum are addressed through our 'COOL time'. (Continuing on our learning). During this time the children learn through play where they are exposed to continuous provision resources and enhanced provision opportunities. The adults in the room support them in extending their learning through questioning and providing further challenges. 



We have a daily Phonics lesson delivering Phonics through the Floppy's Phonics systematic programme. The Floppy’s Phonics programme teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading, spelling and handwriting. 





We teach Maths in a class teaching session everyday following the White Rose Hub scheme of learning. We also offer Maths learning opportunities and continuous provision during COOL time where the children have an opportunity to develop what they have learned in the teacher lead learning experience. 

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