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!


  • Miss Edwards

    Early Years Leader. Starfish Class

    You’ll find lots of paint and paper and crafty bits in Miss Edwards’ 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 Rumsby

    Teaching Assistant. Starfish Class

    Mrs Rumsby loves spending time in her garden. She is an expert on nature and owns some exotic pets! At the weekend you will find her looking for bargains at car boot sales or holidaying in her caravan.

  • Mrs Eley

    Teaching Assistant. Starfish Class

    Mrs Eley has been collecting coins for many years and is always on the lookout to add to her collection. At the weekend you may hear her cheering on Ipswich Town Football Club. She also likes watching the tennis, especially when Andy Murray is playing, and she enjoys the Grand Prix.

  • Mrs Morris

    Early Years Leader. Seahorse Class

    There are often wonderful smells coming from Mrs Morris’ kitchen as she really loves to cook. She is a Mummy to William who keeps her very busy and she likes to spend time in the gym doing Cross Fit.

  • Mrs Eldred

    Teaching Assistant. Seahorse Class

    Mrs Eldred loves to walk. She tracks all of the stepping she has done on her Fitbit, and that's often lots and lots of steps! She also loves to read, so you may find her curled up with a good book and a cup of tea!

Wow! The children in Reception have been so creative. Look at how they have decorated potatoes for World Book Day! The children have been really keen to tell their friends all about the character they have chosen, and the book that it is from.