I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Reception. In Reception, we are always busy; exploring our fantastic classroom, our outside areas and our wonderful woods. Learning is fun, practical and play based. We love learning new things, asking fantastic questions and having a give it a go attitude!

Lots of our learning takes place outside and we have a good balance between child directed play and adult initiated tasks.  Our curriculum was developed around our knowledge of child development, inspiring stories, our values, knowledge of our community, the statutory guidelines and our thirst to provide inspiring learning opportunities for all.

We follow the Read Write Inc scheme to help teach children to learn to read and write.  Gradually, we will guide you through each step of the phonics and reading scheme to help support every child to love reading.

Mrs Jamieson and Mrs Wadsworth are the class teachers in Reception Class and they are supported by Mrs Chalmers, Mrs Rickart and Mr Watson.

Please see our EYFS Page for essential documents and information. 

Reception Staff

Miss J Broome BA (Hons) QTS MA - Reception

Miss Broome is our Y4 teacher along with Mrs Arnold and teaches in Reception Class.

Mrs D Rickart BSc. Dip SpLD - Reception

Mrs Rickart Profile Mrs Rickart is a highly experienced practitioner with working in a range of settings. She he also has a specialism in Speech and Language and SEND and supports our children with Speech and Language difficulties.

Mrs C Chalmers - Reception

Mrs Chalmers Profile I’ve worked in St Mary’s Early Years for the last eleven years and I still love coming to work! I enjoy the challenges that the younger children bring – every day is different! I love seeing the progression throughout the school, especially as I work with most of the children when they […]

Mrs K Jamieson, BA QTS - Reception

Mrs Jamieson Profile I have two young children so when I am not at school I enjoy swimming, biking, going to the beach, reading lots of stories and watching Strictly Come Dancing! As a family, we enjoy listening to and playing music (some tuneful and some not!) as well as going to the cinema and […]

Latest News


Each Friday, our children take part in a whole host of activities outdoors in the school grounds. What a fantastic frosty day to explore the grounds, the willow, the woods and the fields.

Fun in the sun

Nursery have been explore the grounds through the woods and into the meadow this week. They have been looking for some interesting things in and around school….What might they have found? Ladybirds, spiders, woodlice, snails, ….

We are back…

It has been lovely to welcome our children into school and return to face to face teaching. The children have settled in very well and are getting back to learning with their friends in class.

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week we are getting the children to think about their own mental health. We are asking them to reflect on expressing themselves and being themselves. Classes are providing activities to explore their thoughts and feelings and think about their friends too. It started on Monday with an assembly from Oak National Academy and the […]

Bake Off Week

We have had a great week of baking with so many families taking part. There have been some very busy children this week, learning new skills and hopefully, enjoying and sharing their baked goods with their families.

Forest School

In the Early Years, Friday is our Forest School day. Forest School is a child centered approach around natural play. It develops independence, self esteem and relationship skills. It gives the children a chance to engage with the natural environment, the opportunity to encounter risks and overcome obstacles. In Forest School, we love exploring the […]

Learning to read

Dear Parents, We would normally have a meeting to talk about teaching your children to read and what we do in school. With the current restrictions, we can’t hold this meeting, this year, but we will post a series of videos which will, hopefully, explain what we are doing in class and where we are […]

How will we reach the top! Creativity, Problem Solving, Fine Motor Control and Teamwork

In Reception, we are very lucky to have a wide range of construction equipment from junk boxes to tiny curved blocks difficult to balance to large blocks for building outside. Reception amaze us every day with their building and architectural skills. Construction Play is proven to make a difference to the way children think and […]

Learning outdoors

In Reception, we have access to the outdoor area every day – come rain or shine!  As Early Years practitioners we understand lots of children learn best outside. Outside learning allows children the freedom to explore and play freely.  It has huge benefits for their mental health, physical health and allows them to be curious, […]

We can write!

In Reception, we have a phonics lesson every day.  This is where we learn sounds to help us to read and write.  In class, we have lots of creative, child led opportunities to read and write.  We might be writing a list for a potion or instructions how to look after a pet or a […]

Reading List

We’re Going on a Lion Hunt
By David Axtell

The Naughty Bus
By Jan Oke

The Train Ride
By June Crebbin and Stephen Lambert

Jolly Christmas Postman
By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Reception Calender Events

Reception Curriculum

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Year Groups



Nursery and Reception make up the Foundation Stage

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