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!


                                                         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.   


The stories so far…

 W/B  2nd October - The Rainbow Fish

W/B 30TH October - Aghh Spider

W/B 13TH November - The Leaf Man

W/B 20th November - The Nativity

W/B 4th December  - Little Robin Red Vest

W/B 8th January - The Gingerbread Man

W/B 22nd January - The Three Billy Goats Gruff

W/B 29th January - Goldilocks and The Three Bears

W/B 19th February - The Three Little Pigs

W/B 26th February - Jack and the bean Stalk

W/B 5th March - My mum is brilliant

W/B 12th March – Jaspers Beanstalk and Non fiction book about growing plants

W/B 26th March - Non Fiction book about Easter

W/B 16th April - The Gruffalo

W/B 23rd April- Stick Man

W/B 30th May - We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

W/B 14th May - What the Ladybird Heard

W/B  21st May -  What the Ladybird Heard Next

W/B 4th June - Dear Zoo

W/B 18th June - Charlie's Superhero Underpants

W/B 25th June - Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero 

W/B 2nd July - You Choose  By Nick Sharratt

  • 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 Parker and Mrs Brooke

    Teaching Assistants. Seahorse Class

    Mrs Parker likes to read. She also likes to visit the gym and enjoys taking part in gym classes. She loves fun days out with her family, especially to Needham Lakes. She has a cat called Bella.

    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.

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'.