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" (

What we are learning
Spring 2
During Spring 2, the children will have the opportunity to learn about growing. We will indulge in the traditional tales 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'The Enormous Turnip'. We will explore rhyming words, music, feelings and art linked to the books and will of course be doing lots of planting, growing and investigating.
We will also explore the celebration 'Holi' through research, food and art. 
Please find links to our Early Years policy and important documents relating to Tapestry (our online learning journal) below.

Mrs Morris

Assistant Headteacher (EYFS and KS1). Seahorse Class Teacher

Mrs Morris loves to be outside. You will often find her walking around the coast and countryside with her family. Mrs Morris has two little boys that keep her very busy... When at home, she is usually busy in the kitchen or playing with trains, planes and fire engines!

Mrs Cattermole

EYFS Phase Leader and Y1 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 Hines

Class teacher - Seahorses

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.

Miss Blades

Teaching Assistant - Inclusion support

Miss Barker

Teaching Assistant - EYFS and Inclusion support

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

Miss Patal

Teaching Assistant -EYFS

Miss Patel loves exploring nature, the outdoors and camping, especially when it’s sunny. She also enjoys cooking lots of yummy food!

Mrs Eldred

Cover supervisor

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.

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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.