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Swans - Reception


We are so glad that you have chosen The Gateway to start your child's education and we look forward to working with you in the future. We very much hope that your child enjoys their time at The Gateway and we know that the first year of your child’s education is very important in making sure that they enjoy school to the fullest.


Our Reception is staffed by one teacher, Mrs Rafter, and two Teaching Assistants, Mrs Mahoney and Mrs Taylor.  These members of staff are responsible for your children when they are in school.  We work closely together to ensure all children are happy, safe and secure and plan activities which engage and excite all the children at appropriate levels.



The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.  Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.


Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These are:

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


These prime areas are those most essential for your 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; and expressive arts and design.


These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like a curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but it’s suitable for very young children, and it’s designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.


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

We have been working really hard at home!  Our topic this term has been Traditional Tales and we have been busy planting beans, making puppets, drawing story maps as well as making castles and measuring beanstalks and everything in between.  Well done everyone!  We are Super Swans!

Transport topic

The second half of autumn term is our 'Transport' topic.  We read books like 'Mr Gumpy's Outing' and 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.  We brought in pictures from home of different journeys we have taken and drew pictures of how we got to school.  If you hover over the pictures you can see a description of what is happening.  

Our first term in Swans!

We have really enjoyed our first term at school and have made lots of friends.  We have had fun working together and playing inside and outside.  We can't wait for next term!

Swans in the past!


Below are some photos of children in Swans class from previous years so you can see what they have been up to!

We are builders!

The children really enjoy building outside. They pretend to be builders and draw pictures of what they want to draw. It is a good way for them to work on their team building and cooperation skills. They are The Gateway Builders!

Mark making!

The children really loved using the chalks outside to make marks and write some of the letters they knew. They talked about what they were drawing and writing with their friends.

Our First Week!

The children have enjoyed their first week at school and are making friends and learning all about life at The Gateway.