Starting school is an exciting and important step in children’s development. Research shows that good Early Years provision lays solid foundations for future learning and achievement.

At Dale Hall Community Primary School our aim is to work together with parents to meet the children’s development and learning needs whilst they are in our Reception classes. We are a Montessori and ‘Hygge in the Early Years’ inspired setting, which helps us to ensure our environment and provision is welcoming, safe, caring, stimulating and fun.

Our vastly experienced team ensure that we provide playful opportunities that are open ended and challenge children’s thinking. We facilitate learning by allowing our children to explore their own ideas and choose ways to do things for themselves. We encourage our children to persist, take risks, test their ideas, learn though trial and error and to enjoy the challenge of problem solving. 


"Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge is a feeling you cannot translate. It's about a space that promotes emotional well-being, togetherness and friendship" (




Autumn 1
Our first half term will largely focus on transition and our Prime Areas of Learning (Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical Development). 
Our provision will not only be planned around the children's interests, but also around the topic 'Families'. 
Our key texts this half term are 'Anna Hibiscus Song', 'So Much' and 'Handa's Surprise' and much of our learning will be linked to Black History Month.
Weekly Learning Menu
Here you can find our weekly learning menu. This will outline the key skills that the children will be learning over the coming week and may also offer some suggestions to how this could be achieved. This will be really useful if your child is unable to come to school.

Mrs Morris

Assistant Headteacher (EYFS and KS1). Seahorse Class Teacher

Mrs Morris loves to be outside. You will often find her walking around the coast and countryside with her family. Mrs Morris has two little boys that keep her very busy... When at home, she is usually busy in the kitchen or playing with trains, planes and fire engines!

Mrs Hines

Class teacher - Seahorses

Mrs.Hines loves working at Dale Hall and has been a teacher here for 13 years now. She enjoys drawing, painting and making things. She loves spending time with her family where her three sons keep her very busy.

Mrs Jenkins

Class teacher - Starfish

Mrs Jenkins absolutely loves music. She sings and plays different instruments in her band. She is also a big football fan and loves Ipswich Town FC!

Mrs Clements

Nursery Nurse - Starfish

You will often find Mrs Clements in the kitchen baking delicious goodies such as brownies and cakes. She also likes to read lots and to spend time with her family and friends.

Miss Banks

Teaching Assistant - Seahorses

Mrs Banks enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves being outdoors and likes anything that involves food!

Miss Barker

Teaching Assistant - EYFS

If Miss Barker isn’t at the stables or spending time with her family, you will find her being creative with paints and craft.

Miss Blades

Teaching Assistant - Inclusion support

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Playdough is Brilliant!


Playdough is amazing for so many reasons. Not only is it a great way to develop the muscles in children's fingers as they squash, squeeze, roll, flatten, pinch, chop and pull it has so many other benefits too! Here is a really interesting article from the imagination tree, describing all of the benefits of playing with playdough.


And here is a tried and tested recipe that must have been used hundreds of times over the last 34 years. So many little hands have enjoyed playing with the playdough from this recipe. Why don’t you give it a try?


Cooked dough (long lasting)


2 cups flour

2 cups water

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tbs oil

1 cup salt

Food colouring


Cook all of the ingredients in a saucepan over a low heat. Keep mixing until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Sprinkle a little flour onto a board and knead well to finish.