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Welcome to Reception – Shine Class

"Don't be afraid to shine, the world needs your light" Gabby Bernstein.


Welcome to Shine Class, a group of 30 pupils who are all eager and enthusiastic to grow, learn and have fun together. My name is Mrs Helliwell and I will be teaching reception alongside Miss Rothwell and Miss Dunleavy. We look forward to watching and supporting each of the children to achieve their greatest potential.


In reception children will be learning through the Early Years Foundations Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. Children will acquire new skills and knowledge and demonstrate their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


The first 3 are described as prime areas, these are:

  • Communication and language,
  • Physical development,
  • Personal, social and emotional development.

 These prime areas are those most essential for a child’s healthy development and future learning.


As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas.

These are:

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


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. We will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs and extend their learning.


Children will learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside. 


If you have any worries or concerns about your child, please don't hesitate to speak to me at the door or contact me via my staff email on