Reception Class Page

Our Reception class teachers are Lorraine Barrow (Early Years Lead) and Katy Newby. Our HLTA team are Kate Robinson, Sue Sharp and Emma Little who also lead sessions. Our STAs are Diane Byers and Linda Wood, Emma Gallagher.

We combine adult led and child initiated activities to create an exciting and broad curriculum. We teach directed phonics, Talk for Writing and Maths lessons in the mornings. In the afternoons we provide a range of sessions which include Forest Friends, Focus Child time, Nurture groups, art, music and local trips out.

Rainbow Challenges

Reception love to find out what their rainbow challenges are going to be each week.  The class teachers plan different challenges for around the unit, including in our outdoor classroom. These challenges cover all areas of the curriculum.  

Once a challenge has been completed the children get to put the corresponding coloured stick into their very own pot and when all challenges are completed, the children are rewarded for ‘making their rainbow’.

If all the rainbow challenges are completed then additional gold challenges are available to extend the children’s learning further.

At the end of the week we celebrate the children’s successes and share personal reflections.

Forest Friends

At Fairfield we are very proud to be a Forest School. In Reception the children take part in Forest Friend sessions. Some of these take place in our school grounds whilst others take place on our Forest School sites.


We use Tapestry as an online Learning Journey to document children’s learning through observation. Parents have access to this so that they can view their child’s learning in school and they are also able to add observations of their child in their home environment.


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