Happy 2023 and welcome back..


Welcome to Reception
Our classes are Starfish and Seahorses. 
Did you know that scientists have discovered that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to learn and remember something, unless it is done in play, in which case it only takes 10-20 repetitions! How amazing is that! This is why in the Early Years at Dale Hall, we follow a curriculum that is built on our children's interests and needs and that is delivered through play and open ended opportunities for exploration.
We aim to broaden the experiences children have and develop their thinking through carefully planned activities and resources. This is achieved in an environment that is enriching, supportive and safe. Our teaching is inspired by the Reggio Emilia and Montessiori Approaches, where we aim to develop the children's independence, communication and ability to construct their own learning. 
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Please find what the School Development Priorities look like in the EYFS below.
Please look at our Medium Term Plan to find out about all the exciting learning we will be doing this half term.
We had a wonderful time welcoming the children on their first day, who each brought with them a family member for our stay and play mornings. It was amazing to see Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, family friends and neighbours joining in with lots of different activities and enjoying a school dinner too! 
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We use Class Dojo for much of the communication between school and home, including updating each child's individual profile with pictures of WOW moments and significant learning experiences. We also share weekly updates on different areas of the curriculum, so that you are always well informed of what your children have been busy doing!
Meet the team
Mrs Hines

Class teacher - Starfish

Mrs.Hines loves working at Dale Hall and has been a teacher here for 15 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!

Miss Barker

EYFS Teaching Assistant - Starfish

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 Morris

Class teacher - Seahorses and Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Morris loves spending time with her family and has two young boys. They love going on adventures together with their dog, Rafferty. When not busy exploring, Mrs Morris will be found cheering on her boys at football, curled up with a good book or reorganising things in her home or in the classroom!

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.

Mrs Clements

EYFS Teaching Assistant - Seahorses

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

Learning Support Assistant

A keen DIY-er, Mrs Ross usually has a new project on the go. Cooking comes a close second, especially Mediterranean or South Indian recipes. Mrs Ross loves exploring the countryside with her family and puppy Scruffles.

Miss Downes

Learning Support Assistant

I have always worked with children across a range of ages and abilities and I love helping them develop the way they learn. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my own children. I'm always on the go and love to create the happiest of memories wherever I am and at the heart of it are usually crazy, fun and wacky ideas created by children's amazing imaginations!

Miss Davies

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Davies is kept very busy with her two children, making memories and supporting them with many arts and crafts projects and trips to the park. When not with children she loves to enjoy a nice meal with friends.