Welcome to Reception!


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


 At Dale Hall Community Primary School our aim is to work together with you to meet your child’s development and learning needs whilst they are in our Reception classes. We strive to provide a welcoming, safe, caring, stimulating and fun learning environment. Our activities and learning tasks are tailored to meet the needs of our youngest learners. We ensure that we provide playful opportunities that are open ended and challenge children’s thinking. We support their learning by allowing them to explore their own ideas and choose ways to do things for themselves. We encourage them to persist, take a risk, test their ideas, learn by trial and error and to enjoy a challenge when solving problems. 


 The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Guidance forms the basis of our curriculum. It is based on seven areas of learning and is broad and open-ended allowing us to follow the interests of the children. The seven areas of learning consist of Communication and language; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. These are the prime areas. The prime areas support learning in four specific areas. They are; Literacy (reading and writing) Mathematics; Understanding the world and Expressive arts and Design.  Our aim is to provide high quality teaching and learning that enables all children to reach a good level of learning by the end of Reception.  


It is during their time in Reception that children develop self confidence and a belief in themselves. They try new things on their own and feel pride in their achievements. They become more independent and take care of their own personal needs.  They learn social skills and develop friendships. Good Reception provision prepares children for their lives ahead and enables them to take their first steps along a life-long learning journey that could lead them almost anywhere!


Mrs Kirk

Early Years Leader. Starfish Class

You’ll find lots of paint and paper and crafty bits in Mrs Kirk’s house as she loves to be creative. She also likes to cycle and cook. In the summer you’ll find her swimming in the sea, especially if the waves are big!

Mrs Vaughan

Teaching Assistant- Starfish Class (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Mrs Vaughan loves exploring new places so you will often find her planning her next adventure! She loves being by the sea and going for long walks.

Mrs Brooke

Teaching Assistant - Starfish Class (Wednesday)

Mrs Brooke loves to be by the seaside where she can and sit and read a good book. She also enjoys drawing. To keep fit Mrs Brooke goes to Pilates, swimming and out for long walks.

Miss Grover

Teacher - Seahorse Class

Miss Grover is an animal lover. She has one cat called Stripey and a dog called Merlin who she likes to take for long walks in the sunshine! Miss Grover also likes to play badminton and netball. She also enjoys going to Body Balance at the gym.

Mrs Clements

Teaching Assistant - Seahorse Class

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.

                                                         Our Story Based Curriculum

 In Reception we follow a Story Based Curriculum. Each term a range of high quality books are chosen which form our ‘termly focus stories’. Many of the activities and experiences which go on throughout the term are linked to the characters, themes and concepts which can be found within these books. Linking children’s learning to storytelling in this way provides many opportunities for children to become immersed in their play experiences having built an understanding of the accompanying book. As a parent or carer to support your children’s learning at home please see our list of books being used. You could visit the local library to borrow a copy of the book, talk about the characters and settings of the story and use the internet to search for audio stories and activities linked to the books.   


W/B 17th September - 'Kippers Birthday' By Mick Inkpen 

W/B 24th September - 'Owl Babies' By Martin Waddell

We love to share what the children have been learning. One of the ways that we do this is by inviting parents into our classrooms and asking the children to be the hosts.  We recently had a very successful Easter share, full of Easter crafts, music and of course, hot cross buns! 
Here are just a few of the wonderful comments we received about the afternoon. 
'I had a lovely afternoon with Arlo who was very excited to show me everything in his class'
'A lovely afternoon with lots of activities for us to do together. With jolly music in the background creating a lovely atmosphere'. 
'The Easter share has been really nice and well thought through. I have been to a fair few share sessions and think that this has to be the best one yet!'
'Thank you for arranging today. It's such a lovely opportunity for us to see and share our children's learning in a well planned environment'.    
'Lucie had a fantastic time showing me around the classrooms. There were a variety of activities available which were fantastically planned. We had lots of fun'.