Welcome to Early Years


This page will provide some information about the Early Years Foundation Stage at Rothwell Primary School, including staffing, routines, the curriculum and some additional links to helpful resources.

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Early Years team via the school office email or telephone. We are keen to continue to build an open and supportive dialogue between home and school.


In all of our classrooms, we will continue to embed our behaviour policy; Respect, Prepared (Ready) and Safe (RPS).


Early Years Staff


Nursery Staff – Miss Callaly (Teacher) and Mrs Moorehead (LSA)


Reception Staff – Mrs Petch (EYFS Leader and Teacher), Miss Robinson (Teacher), Mrs Howden (LSA) and Mrs Kenney (LSA)


General Phase Information

  • Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, lunchbox (if needed) and water bottle are clearly labelled.Named water bottles should be in school daily.
  • Children in the Early Years play outside in all weathers. For sunny days, they will need a sun hat. Sun cream can be applied before your child comes to school. These can be brought in a bag which is left at school in the cloakroom until needed.
  • Children in the Early Years have lots of opportunities for Movement Play throughout the week. They do not need specific clothing for this. PE for Reception Class will be on Fridays.Children are to come into school in their full PE kit on this day only. Please make sure that they have on suitable PE kit for the weather as we will usually be outside. Please also ensure that long hair is tied up and earrings are either removed or covered up on P.E. days. 
  • Tapestry Journal is a key form of communication between home and school. School will send learning updates and information via Tapestry. Parents and carers can share observations and messages/questions also.
  • Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this.  


Autumn Term 2021


Our key texts in Nursery are: The Colour Monster, Dear Zoo, Leaf Man, Peace at Last and Dear Santa


Our key texts in Reception: The Colour Monster, Owl Babies, We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, Funny Bones and Stick Man.


Spring Term 2021


Our key texts in Nursery are: You Choose, Brown Bear Brown Bear, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Polar Bear Polar Bear, Look After Us, Handa’s Hen and The Pig’s Egg.


Our key texts in Reception: You Choose (Fairy Tales), Brown Paper Bear, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Emperor’s Egg, Clean Up, A Tadpole’s Promise and We’re Going on an Egg Hunt.


Summer Term 2021


Our key texts in Nursery are: Jasper’s Beanstalk, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eat up Gemma, The Gingerbread Man, Old Macdonald had a Farm and Whatever Next.


Our key texts in Reception: The Enormous Turnip, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, Handa’s Surprise, The Little Red Hen, What the Ladybird Heard and Look Up!



Phonics and Reading


  • In Nursery Class, children learn the foundations for phonics. They listen to high-quality stories and poems, learn a range of nursery rhymes and action rhymes, take part in activities that develop focused listening and attention, including oral blending. Children will bring home books from our school library to share with an adult at home.
  • In Reception Class, children begin to learn the phoneme and grapheme correspondences from the very start of Reception Class. They quickly learn to orally blend and segment before they apply these skills to written words and sentences. Children will read a specific reading book three times across the week. Each session will focus on a different skill: decoding, prosody and comprehension. They will then bring this book home to read to a grown up. Children will bring home books from our school library to share with an adult at home.


  • In Nursery Class, children learn the foundations for Maths. They learn to sort, match and make patterns. They begin to subitise (recognise an amount without counting). They learn to recognise and understand the numbers to 5. They can name simple shapes.
  • In Reception Class, children gain a deep understanding of the numbers to 10. They develop number fluency through the NCETM Mastering Number programme. They learn to add, subtract and spot patterns in number. Alongside this we use the White Rose Maths scheme to further develop our mathematical understanding. They name and describe 2D and 3D shapes, and use them to explore pattern making.



If there are any questions, please do not hesitate contact us.

Mrs Petch, Miss Robinson and Miss Callaly


Reception class newsletters

Reception Newsletter Autumn 2021


Autumn Term 2021-2022

We’re going on a leaf hunt,

We’re going right away,
Let’s find colourful leaves,

What a wonderful day!



Spring Term 2021

Growing Sunflowers (Seeds of Hope with Morrisons)

Easter week in Reception class

Well Done to our Easter Egg design winners.

Cece                                                                        Poppy B




 Autumn 2020-2021

Today Reception Class enjoyed celebrating Diwali. We made rangoli patterns, decorated mendhi hands, dressed up in Indian clothes and made paper diva lamps. 


Today Reception Class painted poppies for Remembrance Day.



It’s Bonfire Night! We created a large-scale firework picture by printing. We made some safe sparklers by threading small beads. We made some small firework pictures by printing with  bubble wrap and splattering paint!

Some of our amazing sign writing!

Yesterday we made a house made of straw, sticks and bricks.

It has been an exciting day in Reception Class! We discovered this morning that our straw, stick and brick house had been knocked down in the night. We asked Steve the caretaker to have a look on the CCTV cameras and this is what he discovered – a wolf in the playground! We found lots of clues that a wolf had been in our playground. There were big, muddy paw prints on the floor, fur on our climbing frame and scratch marks on the tyres.  We decided that we needed to rebuild the houses and write some warning signs to tell the wolf to keep away. We even built a trap to catch the wolf in case he decides to come back but Mrs Rothenburg said our writing was so AMAZING that the wolf definitely won’t come back to our playground again.

The Pumpkin Shop is busy this week. Children have been describing the pumpkins as small, medium, large, heavy or light. They then had to pay the correct number of coins (conkers) for each pumpkin.




Curriculum 2019-2020

Reception Autumn 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Autumn 2 Curriculum Map

Reception Spring 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Spring 2 Curriculum Map

Reception Summer 1 Curriculum Map

Reception Summer 2 Curriculum Map