Welcome back to school everybody.....


We are really excited to welcome all the new children into school and get to know them and their families. 

Starting school at Dale Hall

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" (thecuriosityapproach.com)

Please note we are now using class dojo for all communication between school and parents including updating each child's individual profile with pictures of WOW moments and significant learning achievements. Each week an overview of what we have been learning will be shared with you.
Our learning for this half term is outlined in the medium term plan and the parent leaflet below.
Mrs Hines

Class teacher - Starfish

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.

Mrs Ross

Class teacher - Seahorses

Mrs Ross is so excited to join the Reception team! She has worked at Dale Hall for over 10 and loves being a part of the Dale Hall Family. You will find Mrs Ross snuggling up with a book in our cosy corner or having fun building in our construction area. She teaches Monday- Wednesday and loves going on adventures with her active 2 year old on her days off.

Mrs Eldred

Class teacher - Seahorses

Mrs Eldred enjoys long river and country walks and spending time with her children. She is usually found in the Forest school area or having fun in EYFS.

Miss Barker

Teaching Assistant - EYFS, based in Seahorses

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

Mrs Cattermole

Lower Phase Leader and Y2 Class teacher

Mrs Cattermole loves nature and going on adventures. She particularly enjoys cycling and has set herself the challenge of cycling 200 miles this year for charity. She is kept busy at home by her two daughters and often goes on family adventures in the countryside walking and cycling.

Mrs Batten

Class Teacher - Starfish

Mrs Batten is so excited to be at Dale Hall; she and her family moved to Ipswich in the summer so she is enjoying spending time at the weekends visiting local areas with her husband, four children and their dog! Mrs Batten likes baking cakes and biscuits as well as reading thrillers and singing.

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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.