Clifton Hampden, Abingdon, OX14 3EE

01865 407700

Clifton Hampden Church Of England Primary School

Together we are Curious, Courageous and Compassionate

Miss Stabler's Reception Class


At Clifton Hampden Church of England Primary School Foundation Stage we are proud of our caring, creative and happy environment where all individuals are valued equally and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We are a kind, friendly, hard working and generally an amazing class.


The Foundation Stage Class is taught by our lovely teacher, Miss Stabler and supported by our fantastic Teaching Assistants, Mrs Young (Morning Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Hill (Afternoon Teaching Assistant). We also have two little pet guineapigs, Bob and Wilbur who we look after. We are very friendly and invite you to pop in for a chat if you have any queries or concerns -  There is time at the end of the day to speak to Miss Stabler or if you would like a longer meeting please speak to Miss Stabler or the office to arrange.


This term we are learning our first sounds in Phonics and reading and writing CVC words. In Maths we are learning our numbers to 10 and 2d shapes. We are busy settling into a school routine and making new friends. 


The small class size enable us to provide Phonics and numeracy lessons to a wide range of abilities, ensuring that every child is supported - as well as challenged - in their learning. We promote hard work and perseverance through our Growth Mindset philosophy. The love of learning is instilled through engaging lessons both indoors and outdoors. 


Our children are encouraged to embrace our Christian Values through their kindness and empathy towards others. We realise the importance of parents as partners, especially in the early formative years and our open door policy is a positive contribution to pupils’ social and emotional development. We value pupils’ wellbeing as being paramount and our philosophy is that a happy child is one who will learn and reach their true potential.


There will be regular updates/photographs on this page so that you can see what we have been getting up to during the week as well as seeing what is on your child's Learning Journey space in the classroom. There are also useful links to help with your child's learning at home at the bottom of this page, but please also ensure you check your child's book bag daily for new phonic sounds, reading books and games to play.


Foundation Stage Environment


In the Early Years Foundation Stage we plan our teaching alongside the children’s interests. If the class are really interested and engaged in a particular topic or an activity spurs them on to want to find out more, we adapt our teaching and what we are doing to match their enthusiasm!




The Reception class provides a broad and balanced curriculum which embraces the seven areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In Reception we focus on the development of the individual child and, during your child’s time in the Foundation Class, he or she will experience a great variety of activities based on these seven areas of learning through structured activities and carefully planned play:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Physical Development

Communication and Language


Specific Areas:



Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Our Indoor Environment 

The indoor curriculum provides a stimulating learning environment and opportunities for the children to experience a quiet reading area, interactive whiteboard, writing area, maths area, small world, construction area, creative area, malleable area and an understanding the world area.  There is a wide range of resources available to the children through planned opportunities for both child initiated and adult led activities.  


Our Outdoor Environment

The outdoor environment mirrors the indoor learning environment within Reception and it is used daily within the daily routine. Children will be able to access resources to develop the seven areas of learning. We have a natural environment for the children to explore, including a growing area, sand and water and an outside classroom and home area for role play. Outdoor learning is key to developing children’s independence, physical development and to offer exploration and investigation opportunities.


How can I check my child’s progress?

Miss Stabler will assess your child regularly using the Foundation Stage Profile which enables us to track your child’s development.  Continual assessment is carried out on every pupil through observations, annotating their work, questioning and monitoring reading. Assessments are recorded in a number of ways in each child’s individual profile including short and long written observations and photographs. You can see these anytime in their Learning Journey sketch books or by just popping in and having a look on their Learning Journey Wall Space.


Your child’s progress will be discussed at a Parents Evening in the Autumn and Spring term.



A Safe and Secure Place to Learn: Clear boundaries and rules are explored with the children so they understand why they are in place promoting confidence and security.


The Adults: The staff are facilitators for learning, where adults and children learn alongside each other. Adults listen to children and work together. We do this through Sustained Shared Thinking.


Parents as Partners: We understand the importance of parents in their role as prime educators and work with parents to build on home experiences and learning to plan next steps’. We hold information/teaching sessions so that parents can understand our strategies and policies.


Forest School: A wealth of outdoor learning opportunities. A chance for every child to play, explore and make sense of the world around them.


Key Worker Approach: The key worker approach is an effective way of enabling you and your child to develop a strong relationship with a significant adult in the setting. Miss Stabler is responsible for your child’s development including emotional welfare as well as their next steps, which you have access to at any time.