Our Vision for Reception at Robert Kett Primary School

We welcome you to our Early Years Foundation Stage. Here at Robert Kett, we pride ourselves on ensuring the best possible start for all of our Reception children. The early years is a crucial stage in every child’s development and it has a fundamental impact on their wellbeing and development, helping to shape the person that they will become.

Our dedicated team of experienced Early Years Practitioners care deeply about each and every child that comes into our school and they work hard to create close bonds with the children and their families.

We see every child here at Robert Kett as individuals. We strive for every child in Reception to become confident, happy, children who feel safe and secure within our setting. We celebrate the little steps in achievement as well as the big, helping to boost the children’s self esteem and putting the stepping stones into developing a lifelong love of learning.

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We believe that every young person is capable of achieving amazing things and we encourage and develop this through having high expectations and promoting a strong sense of independence.

Our three Reception classrooms all open up onto a shared outside area which is in the process of being developed. The outdoor learning environment is a space for us to provide learning opportunities that are bigger, louder and messier than the activities that are indoors. The outside area gives the children the freedom to explore, climb, build, make noise, dig, move and get messy!

We are privileged to have a fantastic forest school area which enables the children to develop confidence, self esteem and resilience. At forest school, the children are given the freedom to explore, discover and learn on their own terms. For more information, please click here.

Continuous provision is at the heart of Early Years practice. Our classroom environments support the children to be fully engaged in purposeful play of their own choice and interests. An adult’s plan isn’t a child’s plan, our provision responds to the needs and interests of the children and provides them with real-life situations. Resources are readily available for the children to access at all times so that the children can be the leaders of their own learning.

In order for the children to progress, it is integral that our staff have high quality interactions with each child ‘in the moment’. When our children are fully immersed in what they are doing, it is at that moment that the role of our skillful staff is vital. Our practitioners are always ready to listen, communicate, role model, assess, explain, demonstrate, scaffold, question and push the next steps of the child’s learning. Our practitioners work with the children to ensure that obstacles are overcome, barriers are broken down and new possibilities become available so that learning is meaningful and fun!

We are keen to promote a love of books, so you will therefore find books displayed in numerous areas of the learning environment, for example, you may find cookery books in the home corner, construction books in the construction area and maths books in the maths area.

The stepping stones built in Reception help to shape the path for the rest of the children’s education. We are passionate about instilling confidence, independence and a love of learning in our children to follow them throughout the rest of their schooling here at Robert Kett.

For more information, please click here to view our Starting School booklet and see the video below to gain a small insight into life here in Reception at Robert Kett.


Can I Go and Play Now?, 2021. Continuous Provisions. [Online] Available at: https://www.canigoandplaynow.com/continuous-provision.html [Accessed 11 November 2021]

Ephgrave, A., 2013. The Reception Year In Action. 2nd ed. Oxon: Routledge.