Why join us at Knutsford Primary Academy?

If your child is born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, they will be able to start at our Reception in September 2024. To apply for a Reception place for your child, please apply on the link below.

Knutsford Primary Academy has been rated Good by Ofsted and offers two Reception classes with 30 places in each.

We have an experienced Early-Years team who support the children with their individual needs when planning their curriculum and learning opportunities.

Why choose our School?

How to apply for Reception at Knutsford Primary Academy

If your child is born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, you will be able to apply for their Reception place online between 1st November 2023 – 15th January 2024.

All applications for Reception places are handled by Hertfordshire County Council. You can read more information and apply on the Hertsdirect website via the link below.

You will receive an e-mail from Hertfordshire County Council on 16th April 2024 confirming which school you have been allocated.

Admissions Arrangements

Hertfordshire County Council takes responsibility for all new entry and in-year appeals for the Academy.

Virtual Tour

Meet our Early Years Team

Our Reception Teachers

Mrs O’Connor, EYFS Lead and Reception Teacher

Hello! My name is Mrs O’Connor and I am incredibly fortunate to be the Early Years Lead and Reception Class teacher here at Knutsford. Over the years I have taught children from pre school to Year 1 and I truly love working in the Early Years. My favourite area to spend time in is outdoors, working with children as they discover the world around them.

Mrs Beaumont, Reception Teacher

Hello everyone, my name is Mrs Beaumont and I teach class Cedar on Mondays and Tuesdays. During my career, I have enjoyed teaching every year group from nursery to Year 6, but I am now very excited to be a member the Early Years team at Knutsford. I feel privileged to be participating in the learning journey of our youngest children and to watch them develop into enthusiastic learners and confident members of the school.

Mrs Savage, Reception Teacher

My name is Mrs Savage. I am the Class Teacher in Cedar Class on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I love teaching, every day is different and the children are full of enthusiasm for learning and wonder about the world. It is a privilege to help children on the first steps of their learning journey in school. Since becoming a teacher I have mostly worked in Early Years as I love the moment when a child realises they can read or discover something new for the first time, so hope to share some lovely stories with you when you come to our school. 

A typical morning in Reception

8.45amChildren come into class and put away their own belongings
9.00amBusy Fingers – fine motor skills activities
9.15amWhole class teaching input – Phonics 
9.30amChild Initiated learning time including snack
10.45amWhole class teaching input – maths 
11.00amSmall group activities and child-initiated play

I love painting and playing with my friends”

My favourite time is PE and reading time”

Our EYFS Framework

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the name we give to the two years a child is in the nursery and reception classes. These classes follow a statutory curriculum called the EYFS Framework. Teachers have created a curriculum based upon the principles of this framework and also follow the children’s interests and next steps in development when planning the  curriculum and learning opportunities for the children. Practitioners carefully plan stimulating, exciting and practical play based learning experiences for the children. These may be as a whole class, in a small group or as part of child initiated play when the children can freely explore and engage in their indoor and outdoor environments, selecting their own resources to facilitate their own play and learning experiences. In reception, children will begin to have a greater balance of adult directed learning and specific teaching of reading, writing and maths through carefully sequenced teaching sessions as the year progresses, but still have access to a range of free play opportunities throughout the school day. 

These take place in the classroom or outside. The framework covers the areas of learning and development which shapes the activities and experiences that children have in our early years setting. The seven areas of learning are:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • maths
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design.

Here is a useful document called ‘What to expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ by the DfE. It will guide you through how to support your child during the ‘Early Years’ of their life from birth to 5 years of age, and also about developmental milestones your child may reach by the time they are 5 years old.