Reception Information

  • Mrs Laura Hallett

    Reception Class Teacher and Foundation Stage Leader

  • Mrs Pam Barnes

    Level 3 Early Years Practioner and Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Linda Lockyer

    Level 3 Early Years Practitioner and Teaching Assistant (Nursery)

  • Ms Sue Tong

    Nursery Class Teacher

  • Mrs Alison Bland

    Thrive practitioner

    Mrs Bland supports children by using the thrive approach which integrates arts and creativity to support children's emotional and social development.

  • Mrs Samira Souyad

    English as an additional language support

    Mrs Souyad supports some children for whom English is an additional language, in communication, language and literacy skills.

  • Mrs Yulia Weir

    1:1 Teaching Assistant

Welcome to our Reception Class which is part of the school's Foundation Stage Unit.
The teacher is Mrs Laura Hallett and Mrs Pam Barnes is the teaching assistant.
Mrs Yulia Weir and Mr Carlos Fuentes also work with us to support an individual child.
On a Thursday afternoon Mrs Barnes and Ms Megan Moore (who also works in Nursery) take the Reception class under Mrs Hallett's direction.
Sharing the foundation area you will find  Ms Sue Tong the Nursery teacher and Mrs Linda Lockyer the teaching assistant in the Nursery (Monday to Thursday) and Ms Moore as the teaching assistant in Reception on a Thursday afternoon and in the Nursery on a Tuesday afternoon and all day Friday. You will also meet Mr Carlos Fuentes and Mrs Yulia Weir working in the unit supporting a child.
We have PE on a Monday and Wednesday. After Easter we learn to change into our PE kit andwe will need our PE kit in every day. Please do not buy plimpsols. Instead please purchase trainers with velcro fastenings. 
Home Learning
Please spend at least 10 minutes hearing your child read each day. Sharing a book by reading alternate pages is a great way to keep the story going while still challenging your child. If your child reads the odd numbered pages on the first reading, ask them to read the even numbered pages the next day.
From time to time we will also send home other games or activities to support your child's learning. For example, following the teaching of Phase 2 (and later Phase 3) Letters and Sounds we will send home information on how your child is progressing with their phonics and which sounds they need further help with.

Nursery and Reception Community Afternoon : Wednesday 7th March at 1.30 to 3.30

You or a friend / relative are invited to join your child for an art session promoting talking and learning together. We will share the approaches we use at school to develop each child’s speaking, listening and understanding skills and hopefully we will have some fun as we work together on a giant piece of artwork.

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event! 

Autumn Term in Reception.
Welcome to our Reception class.
We are pleased to be making new friends and to be planning new adventures!
Please also look in the Reception Autumn folder on the website.
Take a look at our newsletter for this half term.
Remember there will be important dates to note in The Bell and on the home page of this school website.
Take a look at the aspects of the curriculum we will be covering this half term.
How to help your child with reading and writing
Help your child become a good writer by supporting their talking skills.
A child with nothing to say is in danger of becoming a child who has nothing to write about. Confidence in speaking (in their own language if English is not their first language) is essential to reading and writing success.
Here are some  simple ideas to help early talking skills. They can also be used to extend vocabulary with more able speakers.
I have also added some ideas for supporting early reading. Remember it is a partnership with your child that should be enjoyable, not a race!
Apple Pressing Day
First we harvested the apples.
We learnt some names of different apples and washed them ready for pressing.
We had to listen carefully and we were very grown up.
Kevin showed us how to use a knife safely so that we could cut the apples.
We were really careful and used knives to chop the apples.
We watched the apple press working to juice the apples.
Wassail! We enjoyed the lovely juice.
The apple waste was taken back to the farm to feed the pigs and the chickens.
Find out more about family events linked to the work Kevin does at
Packed Lunches
We encourage parents to send a healthy packed lunch in for their child. Our Year 5 pupils have created examples of healthy packed lunches to illustrate the kind of meal a child might bring to school.
You will also see Mrs Yulia Weir and Mr Carlos Fuentes in class. They do a great job of giving extra support to a particular child in the Foundation Stage Unit.
On a Thursday afternoon Ms Lydia Capon assists Mrs Pam Barnes in class while Mrs Hallett has planning and preparation time.