Kentmere Academy and Nursery

Kentmere Academy and Nursery


Reception is part of the EYFS and follows the EYFS curriculum. There are 7 areas of learning, which children develop through a balance of focused tasks alongside an adult, and independent learning with the areas of provision. 

The seven areas of learning are made up of the prime areas of learning, which the children develop first, which then underpin the specific areas of learning.

Seven Areas of Learning
Prime Areas:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development

Specific Areas:
Literacy, Maths, Understand the World, Expressive Arts and Design

See our Curriculum Pages here.
See our Topic Cover Letter here.
See our Topic Curriculum Web here.
Read our Reading Strategy here.

Please see our Tapestry guide for Adding Observations here.



At Kentmere Academy we believe in celebrating the success of our pupils at every suitable opportunity, from the smallest to the grandest achievement.  We know that positive reinforcement is an important part of each pupil’s personal growth and it is something we are proud to facilitate.

The children are awarded merits for good work and effort, good behaviour, achievement or by showing good manners to teachers and their peers.
25 merits - Bronze certificate and badge
50 merits - Silver certificate, badge and a prize from the treasure chest
75 merits - Gold certificate, badge and a book token

As teachers we are always thrilled when a child or group of children obtain a personal best, do something extraordinary or show great community spirit.

Reading Challenge Tree
At Kentmere, we are keen to promote a lifelong love of reading and want to encourage the children in any way we can. As children read books at home, they move up the Reading Challenge Tree in their respective classrooms. As they reach key milestones of having read 20, 40 or 60 books at home, they receive certificates and badges which are presented in assemblies.

Children who read 80 books at home receive a certificate and book token.



Please ensure that children come to school with their book bags and reading records every day. 

The children have a PE session on a Wednesday each week. Please ensure PE kits are sent in on the first day. These remain in school until the half term break, when they will be sent home to be washed. Please ensure that every piece PE kit and school uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

The children have weekly forest school sessions. A pair of wellies should be brought into school, clearly marked with their name, to remain in school. Waterproofs will be provided.

Please see our Events Calendar here for reminders on events taking place.



All homework is sent out on a Friday.

Every two weeks the children are given Learning Log challenges which should be returned to school the Thursday before the new challenge is due. 

Additional English, phonics or maths work will be sent home to practise what they have been doing in class; this will be sent home in alternate weeks to the Learning Log. 

In addition, the children are expected to read at home, go through their sound book/key words and have their reading records signed, daily. 

See our Reading List here.
See our Homework Menu here.



We hope you will watch our transition video to find out more about the start of your reception year.  You can watch the video by clicking here

Please also find more information here

We also have a Welcome video that we hope will find of interest.  You can watch our Welcome video by clicking here

Northern Alliance
Sainsbury's School Games Gold Mark
Leading Parent Partnership Award
Rochdale REAL Trust
5 Star Hygiene Rating
Healthy School Award 2016
Eco school bronze award
School Council Award, Rochdale
Arts Council England Silver Award
SSAT Primary Network
Rights Respecting Logo
Diana Award
Rainbow Flag Skilled Teacher
Rights Respecting Silver Logo
E-Safety Award
ICT Mark Accredited
Reading Silver
School Gold
IQM Centre of Excellence Award
Badge School Status
School Games 19/20
Nace 2021-2024
Kentmere Academy and Nursery

Headteacher - Mrs Nicola Howard

Contact Details

Kentmere Academy
Kentmere Avenue
Rochdale OL12 9EE

Reception 01706 647 533


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