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Belgravia – Reception

Welcome to Belgravia, our first stop on your child’s learning journey at Grosvenor Park Academy. We pride ourselves on our knowledge of the foundation stage and through passionate, experienced practitioners, help to support your child’s start to school! The foundation years for children are a vital step to creating a ‘love of learning’ in each child and in Belgravia class we ensure the children are offered a wide range of learning opportunities based on the children’s interests.

In Belgravia, children’s interests drive the learning through inclusive, inspiring learning themes. We use these to encourage the children to develop skills and knowledge following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and inspire a ‘love of learning’ within the children.
The EYFS Profile is broken down into seven specific areas of learning:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development (PSE)
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design

In Belgravia class we learn in many different ways. Through carefully planned teacher taught sessions which develop the children’s understanding. The children also learn through child initiated activities we call ‘choice time’ which gives children an opportunity to develop their understanding in every aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS). Through hands-on experiences, supported by a member of the team, we develop the children’s learning based on their next steps. It is an important time in a child’s life and so to make sure we help your child get the best foundation year they can we ensure good partnerships with parents. Through parent meetings, one-to-one discussions and workshops we build relationships between school and home in order to better help your child develop into ‘lifelong learners’. This ensure they embody a love of learning, develop a dynamic skill set and germinate a wealth of knowledge, as a foundation for the rest of their educational journey.

Our Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Miss Megan Oakley

Assistant Teachers – Miss Chloe Abbott & Mrs Clare Norton

Music Teacher – Mr. Rob Benson

Physical Education Teacher – Miss Shona Valentine

A Typical Day

Phonics – Reception follow the Read, Write, Inc. phonics scheme which is a teacher led session. During these sessions we teach the children the necessary skills that help to develop their early reading abilities. We also provide phonics activities to enhance the children’s independent learning within the classroom.
Mathematics – In Reception we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We teach the children early problem solving skills and number knowledge that prepares them for Key Stage 1. The children are encouraged to use the practical resources available to them in order to solve number problems that are stage appropriate for them.
Continuous Provision – The children use the enhancements set out in the classroom to engage with their own independent learning. The EYFS has 17 areas of learning and the classroom provides opportunities for the children to develop in every aspect of the curriculum. We based the provision around the children, this includes themed learning, next steps and their interests. Our continuous provision is the basis for creating the children’s love of learning and fostering independent thought processes.
Reading – Reception children are encouraged in their early reading skills through themed literacy sessions, home-school 1:1 reading, guides reading sessions and story sessions that take place regularly throughout the day. We encourage the children to look at a range of different texts and talk about the books we read to enable the children to develop a disposition for reading.

Autumn Term Overview

This half term the children are developing their learning through Animals!

We are asking questions like:

  •  Where do different animals live?
  • How can we keep animals safe?
  • What do we do to look after pets?
  • What animals live in the world?
  • Can giraffes dance?

We are listening to stories such as:

We’re Going on a Lion Hunt

Hanada’s Surprise

Oi Cat!

The Crocodile that didn’t like water

Giraffes’ Can’t Dance


Please put snack money in a named purse if your child is having toast with us. Your child’s name should be labelled on all uniform and PE kits. The children are provided with water bottles by the school so please do not bring one from home.

Reception Class PE sessions are on a Monday and Tuesday.

Children should come into school in their kits on Monday and Tuesday with their uniform in their PE bag to get change into.

Belgravia – Reception Blog

08 October 2021

Animal Habitats

Belgravia have been amazing investigators this week as they explored their learning of animals! We have looked at where animals live and the different habitats we find them in. We discuss why a Giraffe lives in the Savannah and the Shark lives in the Sea. We also talked about why they could not switch habitats! […]

10 July 2021

Reception’s Year 1 Training

As a Reception teacher I am amazed at the level of resilience the children have shown this year throughout lockdown. However they have blown all of that out of the water this week with how beautifully they have adapted to our Year 1 Readiness days! The children did most of their learning at tables in […]

28 June 2021

1, 2, 3 Go!

What an amazing week in Reception! We really enjoyed our Olympic day; combining sports skills with numbers. The children had fun challenging themselves both physically and mathematically to try and win the races we had. All of the children worked really hard and pushed themselves for their team! Super learning Reception! Here are the results: […]

03 June 2021

Little Superheroes!

Reception have ended the half term on a high as they completed their Superhero training! They are all official Superheroes after sneaking around the school to look for villains, navigating through the lasers, balancing on the bridge and breaking a brick wall to save the day! They all looked amazing in their Superhero costumes and […]

08 May 2021

We’re going on a number hunt…

This Friday Reception took part in the NSPCC Number Day by having a number hunt round the school. We went in search of numbers in our environment and talked about the different ones we saw and why they were there. We counted the steps on the stairs as well and we found out that there […]

01 April 2021

Beach Day Fun

What a great week for Reception class! We’ve had a blast on the run up to our Easter holiday and the fact that the children have been so amazing on our return to school has not gone unrewarded! On Wednesday we used our imagination (and lots of paddling pools!) to transport ourselves to the beach. […]