Our Reception Classes

Welcome to Copperfield Early Years. Embark on a journey of first-hand experiences, gain memories that will last a life time and a develop a love for learning!

Class Staff

Gaby Hicks – Blossom

Jemma Foxwell – Oak

Please use the link below to access our Termly Overview including important dates for the diary and key information about your child’s learning. 

Termly Overview Autumn Term – Reception

Learning and Teaching

The environment provides a cross-curricular approach to learning, lessons and activities are delivered in a stimulating, well equipped and attractive environment. Staff plan together to ensure that all areas of the Early Years curriculum are planned for inside and outside as well as recognising spontaneous learning opportunities. All adults are committed to enabling children to become independent and resilient learners who have a range of life skills to support their learning. It is our aim for every child to make good or better progress and to allow children to be successful from the start of their time at Copperfield Academy.

The EYFS has seven areas of learning, 3 areas of prime areas and 4 are specific areas.

The three prime areas reflect the key skills and capacities all children need to develop, learn successfully and become school ready:

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

The four specific areas are strengthened by the prime area. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • The World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Reminders and Expectations

  • Uniform: Purple Copperfield jumper or cardigan, white polo-shirt/blouse, grey skirt or trousers, black shoes, black/white/grey socks or tights.
  • Children’s Forest School kits should be in school. They should have: old tracksuit, waterproof coat, wellington boots
  • Please ensure your child has a set of spare clothes in school.
  • Maths home learning will be sent each Friday, please return to school the following Monday.
  • Children will be given RWI books or green words by their RWInc teacher weekly. Please practice these at home.
  • Please read with your child daily and sign their Home reading diary. We will change your child’s reading book when their diary has been signed.

How do we involve Parents?

We have an open door policy and welcome you to speak with us about your child’s learning and progress. We have opportunities throughout the year for parents to support with learning activities such as helping on school trips. We hold Express Events at the end of each half term, which parents are invited to attend to celebrate their children’s learning. We welcome parent helpers to support reading. We will send your photos via email (2buildaprofile) of your child’s learning and you are able to send us photos of your child’s learning at home to contribute to their learning journey.

How can you contact us?

You can speak to your child’s class teacher.

before or after school.

You can use your child’s home reading diary to communicate with your child’s class teacher.

The school phone number is: 01474352488
You can email the school on: admin@copperfield.kent.sch.uk

End of Year Expectations

At the end of the Reception Year children are expected to reach a Good Level of Development.

ELG 01 Listening and attention:

  • Children listen attentively in a range of situations.  • They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.  • They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 Understanding:

  • Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.  • They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 Speaking:

  • Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.  • They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future.  • They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events

ELG 04 Moving and handling:

  • Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.  • They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.  • They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.

ELG 05 Health and self-care:

  • Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.  • They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

ELG 06 Self-confidence and self-awareness:

  • Children are confident about trying new activities and say why they like some activities more than others.  • They are confident speaking in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.  • They say when they do or don’t need help.

ELG 07 Managing feelings and behaviour:

  • Children talk about how they and others show feelings, talk about their own and others’ behaviour, and its consequences, and know that some behaviour is unacceptable.  • They work as part of a group or class, and understand and follow the rules.  • They adjust their behaviour to different situations, and take changes of routine in their stride.

ELG 11 Numbers:

  • Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number.  • Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract 2 single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.  • They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

ELG 12 Shape, space and measures:

  • Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.  • They recognise, create and describe patterns.  • They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.

ELG 13 People and communities:

  • Children talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members.  • They know that other children don’t always enjoy the same things, and are sensitive to this.  • They know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.

ELG 14 The world:

  • Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things.  • They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.  • They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.

ELG 15 Technology:

  • Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools.  • They select and use technology for particular purposes.

ELG 16 Exploring and using media and materials:

  • Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them.  • They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.

ELG 17 Being imaginative:

  • Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.  • They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories

Useful Websites

Phonics support:




Maths support:




The wider curriculum


Copperfield Academy Curriculum Map Reception

Copperfield Academy Curriculum Map Reception

Copperfield Academy Curriculum Map Reception.pdf

Reception Gallery