Roman Hill Primary School

Inspiring Achievement



We look forward to working with your child and are sure they will settle in well. It is going to be a great year, and we hope you are as excited as we are about your child’s start in Reception.

This section will tell you all about some of the things that happen in Reception at Roman Hill Primary School. As always you are welcome to come and chat to us and ask any questions that you might have. The best provision for your child can only be achieved through a partnership between us; the Reception staff supporting your child in school and you as the most important people in their world.



    What is the Foundation Stage Curriculum?


    Primarily, it is a play based curriculum where children learn through play enhanced with adult led and focused activities. Their curriculum is made up of three Prime areas:


    • Personal, Emotional and Social Development – PSED
    • Communication & Literacy – CL, and
    • Physical Development – PD


    And four Specific areas


    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive arts and design

    Key workers
    All children are allocated a Key Person who:

    • is a named member of staff who has more contact than others with your child;
    • is someone to build a relationship with you and your child;
    • helps your child become familiar with our provisions;
    • meets your child’s individual needs and care needs;
    • responds sensitively to your child’s feelings, ideas and behaviour;
    • is the person who acts as your point of contact.


                                      Our Early Years Staff




    Meerkats – Mrs Audièvre-Ward
    Owls – Mrs Woolley



    Learning Support and Teaching Assistants
    Mrs Hart

    Miss Hetherington




    Reception PE days

    Owls - Mondays & Wednesdays

    Meerkats - Mondays & Wednesdays



    Uniform - Full uniform must be worn. On PE days, children can attend in their PE uniform. For more guidance please visit our Uniform page


    This term in Reception 


    In Reception, our topic for this half term is 'Our Wonderful World.' We will be becoming Geographers, travelling the world, developing our map work skills and investigating the continent of Africa. Our texts; Martha Maps it out, Handa's Surprise, Anansi the Spider and Anansi and the Golden Pot will support this learning. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year in February, using the text Shu Lin's Grandpa to support this.


    If you would like to know the 5 principles of number to help at home, here is the information you need!

    Having help and support for children is so important.  We hope that some of these sites will help provide you with some ideas and guidance for your little ones! 

    This document from the government offers helps for parents to identify developmental milestones in their children.

    The following sites can offer advice on specific areas of concern:

    Our Foundation Stage Policy should provide you with information about how our Early Years works.

    We also have our curriculum policy that gives more detail about what we cover in Early Years. This is a working document and is reviewed on a regular basis.

    The government has advice for those parents whose children are summer born i.e. that are born later in the academic year in the summer months

    If your child has had to miss school or if you would like some extra ideas about what to do when at home, please use our homework grids that are linked to the curriculum to provide you with some activities



    This super-easy playdough recipe is the perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon inside. It’s quick enough to hold a young child’s attention and you only need a few storecupboard ingredients. Little hands can play with the results straightaway, so there’s immediate gratification for all involved! 

    Makes 1 coloured ball
    Prep 10 minutes

    You will need

    • 8 tbsp plain flour
    • 2 tbsp table salt
    • 60ml warm water
    • food colouring
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil 


    1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

    2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

    3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

    4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday. 


    This recipe comes from the BBC Good Food website where you can watch a video of it being made!

    Help and Donations are always gratefully received! 

    Help and Donations
    The children love to get creative, making things with junk and we always welcome donations of boxes, tubes, yoghurt pots, lids, and newspapers. If you have anything else you feel may be useful at schools such as old toys or unwanted dressing up clothes, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff, your junk is often our treasure!