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Home Schooling and Education


Although education in the UK is not compulsory until 5 years of age, many children now attend a Reception class in a Primary school from 4 years upwards.  Parents, quite understandably, want to ensure that their children have as good a start as possible and that they are adequately prepared for the demands of Year 1 schooling.

Research shows that, in order to enhance learning, children at this stage of development need plenty of exploration and active involvement based on their own experiences, space and time to explore, freedom of movement and interested adults to talk with.  It is important, for the child’s future development that reading, writing and number be placed in context and at the child’s level of understanding and interest.

The Reception Course is based upon a number of Topics which appeal to the interests of children aged 4-5 years of age.  In Term 1 the overall theme is Teddy Bears and in Term 2 the theme is Movement.  Each Topic is introduced through picture/story books; information books are also used to support some of the Topics.

The Teaching Notes contain a full programme of activities for each Topic and include:

  • language and communication, including activities leading towards reading and writing skills
  • number, shape and space leading to an understanding of mathematical concepts
  • a variety of science investigations based on observation and experiment with normal everyday objects
  • ideas to develop an awareness of the passing of time and a feeling for history
  • practical experience of various aspects of mapmaking and a growing understanding of the wider world
  • art activities involving a variety of media, together with practical craft activities and simple technology
  • music and movement, based around the stories and their development.

During Term 3 topic work is continued with four individual Topics – In the Garden; Dinosaurs, Dragons and Monsters; At the Shops and Time Passing. However, the work becomes more demanding in terms of Mathematics and English.

Children are introduced in a more formal way to the reading scheme which is used at Key Stage 1, early phonics and writing which gives an excellent grounding in essential early literacy skills and the

This course provides an introduction to early reading and writing skills for children of 5 years and over who have not previously followed a Reception course or who may have not had the relevant experiences. It will bring them up to the required level necessary to follow the Year 1 English course. It will enable them to:

  • enjoy reading and writing and develop confidence in these early skills
  • read and understand simple stories at Stage 2 of Oxford Reading Tree.
  • develop and early sight vocabulary – words recognised on sight
  • learn initial letter sounds
  • make and copy meaningful sentences with good letter formation.

The course includes lesson plans, books and workbooks. Lessons, supported by games and activities, are organised into 36 sessions and are designed to be followed flexibly according to your child’s abilities and age at starting.

The maximum time would be 12 weeks (one term) but could be covered in half the time if your child is managing well.  Each session lasts between 40-60 minutes.