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Welcome to Reception's class page.

Reception staff

Class RH

Teacher: Mrs Hamilton

Teaching assistants: Mrs Marsden and Miss Thompson


Class RA

Teachers: Miss Arundale and Mrs Walmsley (both part-time)

Teaching assistant: Mrs Roby-Telford

Staff photos

Left to right: Mrs Walmsley; Mrs Roby-Telford and Miss Arundale; Mrs Marsden & Mrs Hamilton.


Please check our class Twitter pages for regular updates and photographs about what we have been doing in class!


Please use your child’s planner as a means of communication between home and school. We are interested in hearing about any achievements that your child has had, whether this be with their reading or out of school hobby! We want to be able to celebrate every success both in and out of school. If you want to discuss something with us face to face, please do not hesitate to arrange a time to see us.


We also use Seesaw as a means of communication and, sometimes, for homework.

Please ensure that you have both the child and parent logins.


PE day


PE day is Monday. The children come to school in their PE kit on their PE day. 

Spring 2022 curriculum letter

Autumn 2021 curriculum letter

Autumn term 2021

Reception have been working extremely hard since starting school in September. They have been enjoying daily phonics and number time sessions, along with learning through their interests. In PE lessons they have learnt a variety of skills such as gymnastics, dance and more recently basic throwing and catching skills. In Reception, we are so lucky that we can take our learning both indoors and outdoors. The children have loved exploring and sharing adventures  indoors and outdoors having large scale football matches, making their very own pitch. Princess adventures and pirate adventures to name a few. All this super playing supporting their imaginative play and giving them the opportunity to form a narrative. 

With the children enjoying daily phonics they are beginning to apply these skills in other areas. Writing in a variety of ways such as labels, letters, short words and even having a go at super sentences. It is fantastic to see their enthusiasm to write. Reception are also off to a flying start with their reading: segmenting and blending new words that they come across, recognising tricky words and beginning to build up fluency. 

They have learnt all these new skills, along with making new friends and learning to solve any conflicts between one another. They have grown in confidence and independence. 

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