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Reception Provision

Entering Reception


When you arrive at school, you can enter the Early Years Foundation Stage buildings through the gate to the right of the School office.



This will take you into the Caterpillar garden which leads into the Nursery garden and then into the Reception garden. Here you will find the entrance to the Ladybird class.



Reception Provision

Our school day begins at 8.45am. The children enter the classroom and place their belongings on their pegs and in their drawer before joining the various activities on offer in the classroom. Registration starts at 8.55am where the children choose what they are having for lunch (packed lunch or school dinner).

We have free flow throughout the day where children choose their own learning activities both indoors and outdoors. We have three group times throughout the day which include a phonics and maths session. 

Our school day ends at 3.15pm and the children are collected from the classroom. 


What shall I bring to Reception?


School uniform

At Botley School we are proud of our uniform and looking smart and tidy. Here is a reminder of what you should wear;

  • Red jumper or cardigan.
  • White or red polo shirt
  • Black or grey trousers, skirt or shorts.
  • White, grey, black or red socks or tights
  • Red Gingham dress if appropriate weather
  • Dark shoes
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Small stud earrings only (these must not be worn on P.E. day)
  • An appropriate/waterproof coat
  • Wellies to be kept at school
  • Spare clothes bag including underwear to be kept in school


P.E Kit

We have a P.E session each week which takes place in the school hall during the winter months and on the field during the summer term. Please ensure you have your P.E. kit in school which can stay in school throughout the term.

Here is a reminder of your kit;

  • A t-shirt in your team colour.
  • Jogging bottoms, leggings, shorts or sports trousers
  • Trainers
  • Jumper or cardigan, please no hoodies as they can get caught when playing sports.
  • No earrings, even studs


Forest School

The children will take part in Forest School. A reminder of what they will need;

  • Long sleeve top
  • Warm jumper
  • Long trousers / jogging bottoms
  • Wellington boots
  • Warm waterproof coat with hood
  • Long warm socks
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves



Book bags

Children can place their book bag in their drawer on arrival each morning. Throughout the day, the children can place belongings and work inside their book bag to take home at the end of the day. Book bags have been donated by our Friends of Botley School (FOBS) for each Reception child.

Learning Environment

Our classrooms are lovely and have many exciting areas for you to explore and learn. Here are some of them.

Writing area

We have a variety of resources for you to use and a huge selection of paper, templates and books for you to write on.




Role-Play area

Our outdoor role-play area is always set up as a home where you can prepare and eat meals, read a story, write a shopping list and don’t forget to look after the babies.

Our class role-play area changes depending on our topic and the children’s interests.



Maths area

We have a wide selection of resources to explore and learn about number, shapes, size, counting, measuring etc.

Creative area

We set up a range of creative activities from painting, sticking, printing, clay, dough etc.

Junk modelling and water play

We have a designated area for junk modelling using a variety of resources. Our water tray is filled with a variety of resources and equipment for you to explore.



Construction area

We have a variety of resources for you to use including Lego, Duplo, Mobilo, wooden blocks, small world people, dinosaurs as well as natural materials.