Early Years at Tortworth

Reception 2020

When children start school at Tortworth they join us in Wagtail Class, along with Year 1 and Year 2.  The older children are very welcoming and help the younger children to settle into school routines very quickly. 

We have a fantastic learning environment for the Early Years at Tortworth Primary School. There is an enclosed outdoor space off the classroom which allows free flow between indoors and outdoors. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor learning including a mud kitchen, ride-on toys, den making materials and planters for growing flowers and vegetables. Indoors there is space for adult led as well as child initiated learning. 

We take part in Forest School activities regularly in our Wild Woods area and we also have a Bark Area, Peace Garden and all-weather play area known as the MUGA. 

We are really pleased that you have chosen Tortworth Primary School for your child and we are looking forward to working with you over the months and years ahead. We hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe.

During these unprecedented times, we would like to reassure you that we are still planning and organising so that you and your child will be well prepared for when they start school. if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Clare Smith, Wagtail Class teacher clare.smith@tortworthprimaryschool.org.uk 

On Friday 26th June we held a virtual New Parents Meeting. If you missed it, there is a video of it below.​ There is also a copy of South Gloucestershire's School Readiness leaflet and some information from the School Nurse Service about transition into Reception and virtual meetings. 

Coming soon: 

Appointments for Virtual or Garden Home Visits - (Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th September in the afternoon)

Starting School Transition Book with photos

Integra School Meals Lunch Menu


Home Learning Ideas for Pre-School Children

  • activities that develop motor skills: play dough; sand and water play; mud kitchen; gardening; construction kits; art and craft activities; colouring; play writing; cooking 



  • activities that develop listening skills: listening to and talking about stories; joining in with rhymes and songs; listening games like Sound Bingo or Simon Says

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase1Menu.htm - (you can now subscribe for free during school closures)

  • practical activities that develop mathematical concepts: sorting; making pictures, models and patterns with shapes: number rhymes and counting to 10 and beyond; counting sets of objects and using the language more and less; comparing things by size, length, weight, how much it holds;

  • simple games that involve taking turns with others;

  • sharing story books, poems and information books together; treasure hunt with their name or letters in their names;

  • lots of talk together about what they are doing and observing in the world around them

New Parent Meeting June 2020 with Miss Smith

School Readiness Leaflet

New Parent Meeting Video June 2020 with Miss Smith

Miss Smith reads
Peace at Last
by Jill Murphy

School Nurse Information for Parents

School Nurse Virtual Meeting Dates

School Uniform

School uniform can be purchased from school or bought online please click here