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Great Missenden Church of England Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Reception (updated 21-22)

Welcome to Reception Class!

September 2021

Welcome to Reception Class with Miss Keen, Miss Collier, Miss Crick and Miss Maskell!


In Reception class we aim to provide a calm, nurturing environment in which children feel safe and secure and ready to learn. We focus on learning through play whilst supporting the transition for school readiness, moving on to year 1.


Activities are child-led and based on children's interests and next steps, with a focus on outdoor play and Forest schools. Children are encouraged to spend as much time as possible in the outdoor environment and our Reception Class Teacher, Miss Keen, is a qualified Forest School Leader. We have a Forest School session every Friday and this ethos is embedded throughout the Early Years at Great Missenden. Many skills learned in the outdoor environment are transferable to the more formal classroom environment such as problem solving, communication skills, team building and activities that build resilience. 


In Reception class children are encouraged to take risks in their learning through first hand experiences and a stimulating environment.