Welcome to Reception Donaldson and Browne Class. On this page you will find information about how we organise teaching and learning our reception classes at Shoreditch Park and see highlights, through photos and videos, of the things we have done.

Nursery and Reception Progress Party in classes 8:45am-9:10am Weekly Fine Motor Morning for Nursery and Reception 8:45am-9:10am 

Upcoming Reception Events

07/12 09:30 Health Screening Check for Reception and Year 6

Reception Transition



Class organisation in Reception

We have two Reception classes at Shoreditch Park each with a maximum of 30 children in each class. We currently have a few places available in our Reception so if you would like a place or would like to visit the school and see our outstanding Foundation Stage provision we will be holding bi-weekly open mornings. Please contact the school office to arrange your visit.

Reception Staff Team

Meet our Reception team:
Ms  Mckinnon  - Browne Class Teacher
Ms  Stehrenberger  - Donaldson Class Teacher

Ms Harley - Nursery Education Officer
Ms Biney - Nursery Education Officer

Ms Mustafa - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Ms Downer- Nursery Education Officer

Ms Erwin - Assistant Headteacher EYFS Phase Lead (Maternity Leave)
Ms Ashley   Assistant Headteacher EYFS Phase Lead

Links with Parents and Carers

Partnership with parents and carers is vital.

For the first half of Autumn Term we will be focusing on ensuring that the children are happy and settled in their new classes.

From the second half of Autumn Term (after the half term holiday) we will be inviting parents and carers in for weekly drop in sessions, and half termly parent workshops.

You will receive a 'Parent Enagement Calendar' each half term.

Weekly Timetable and Teaching in the Reception

In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn best when they experience learning first hand, through meaningful interactions with others, through physical activity and through play. The Early Years curriculum emphasises three prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical

The curriculum breaks down into four further areas of learning:

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

Teaching in Reception is organised through a range of approaches and provides a balance of child initiated and adult-led activities:

  • Planned focused activities where adults work with a small group of children at a time. Teachers will differentiate the activity to meet the needs of every child participating.
  • Small group teaching of early reading and writing through a phonics based programme called Read Write Inc. Phonics
  • Whole class teaching for short periods of time such as shared storytime, direct teaching (for example of maths), songs and rhymes, discussions and sharing work.
  • Opportunities for teachers to work alongside children as they develop their own interests in particular areas of the curriculum.


During the first half of the autumn term, all reception children will take part in a series of short activities as part of the DfE Reception Baseline Assessment. These will be carried out by adults who are familiar to the children. For more information about the process please take a look at the DfE's 'Information for Parents' document below

Reception Highlights