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Palmarsh Primary School

More Than A School

Yr R - Squirrel Class

Our Curriculum


At Palmarsh, we are passionate about childhood and the need for education to offer happiness and emotional connection.


Our Reception team is committed to providing an environment that is rich with possibilities, develops children’s independence and puts children right at the centre of their own learning. Our practice is play-based since we believe that play with all its language, physicality and social interaction is what gives children the right and appropriate grounding for their educational journey. Play is our heartbeat but alongside this we also incorporate direct teaching times across each day to introduce and consolidate skills in phonics, mathematics and personal, social and emotional development.


We enable children to engage in their own challenges and bring their own energies into their learning and go into their play to move them forward through their high engagement. We pair our high expectations with open-mindedness to children’s imaginations and dreams.


We see ourselves, along with the children (and animals!) as one big family. If you would like to see the focus texts for this term and our key vocabulary, please look at our class page.