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Welcome to Reception - Butterfly Class


At Chennestone Primary School we intend to be the safe, secure and stimulating foundation which allows each child to begin their exciting journey into learning.  We encourage children to be active, inquisitive and creative thinkers with a strong passion for learning. We believe that all children deserve to grow and achieve in an environment which provides the best opportunities for their learning and development.


We place great importance on the forming of secure and positive relationships with our children and their families. We take great pride in getting to know our local community and believe this forms a strong foundation for each child in our care. Our staff have the core belief that it is vital to show genuine interest and care in each child. This is evident in our secure attachments with children who are confident in themselves and their learning.


It is our underlying belief that the purpose of our EYFS teaching is to give children the best possible start to their learning journey. It is to provide them with early life experiences which develop the whole child and extends their thoughts, feelings and beliefs. It is our responsibility to ensure children leave our environment fully prepared and excited for their next stage in learning and development.


Our children have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding based on a bespoke curriculum. By design, this provides no limits or barriers and therefore allows all children to achieve to the best of their abilities. The Early Years Foundation Stage provides the basis for this depth of knowledge and understanding.


Our ambitious Curriculum is coherently planned and based on seven main areas of learning. We value all areas equally and use these as a driver to develop the whole child. All areas are vital in sparking children’s imagination, curiosity and excitement for learning. The curriculum is divided into prime and specific areas


The Prime Areas are:

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

The Specific Areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Our staff are confident and knowledgeable across all areas they teach and use this knowledge to plan purposeful provision for each child, providing opportunities for support and challenge where necessary.  We recognise that each child needs a blended approach of play based learning, child initiated learning and adult focussed activities. Our learning environment and the resources we provide are stimulating and inviting allowing children the best opportunities to extend their learning. Our opportunities for child initiated learning are a key part of provision for children learning about themselves, their talents and their relationships with others.


Every day, our children take part in phonics, literacy and maths, and end the day with story time.  Learning takes place both indoors and outdoors, allowing each child to learn in a way that best suits them.


The indoor and outdoor learning environments in Reception change regularly.  Children use our 

static role-play area in Reception to mirror and experience real-life settings.  Recently, children have been busily recycling materials in their recycling station and tending to unwell animals as vets.  Children love getting into character and exploring new curiosities!


By the end of Reception, our children are curious, creative, courageous, and ready to start their educational journey in Key Stage 1.


To apply for a place at Chennestone, please see our admissions page or email info@chennestone.surrey.sch.uk


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