Welcome to Reception

Reception Team:

  • Class 1 Teachers – Mrs Betts and Mrs Campbell
  • Class 2 Teacher – Miss Westall
  • Class 3 Teacher Mrs Miller (Year group leader) 
  • Mrs Eady – Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Bance - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Connolly - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Harris - Teaching Assistant
  • Miss Massingham - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Scotney – Teaching Assistant

The reception year has three classes with a maximum of 90 children in the year group. They have a lovely, stimulating environment which includes two outdoor play spaces one of which is undercover for those cold wet days! Outdoor learning is an important part of the Reception curriculum as it helps children to develop gross motor skills. The children are taught through a planned play based curriculum with times of whole class and small group teacher led lessons.

Over the school year the children cover a range of topics. In the Autumn term the topics are called “All about me” and “Celebrations”. In the spring term the topics are “Ice worlds” and “Growing”. In the summer term the topics are “Fairytales” and “Seaside.”

Parental comments following parents evening in October 2018;

"We are very pleased with how our daughter has settled into school and the support and challenge she is receiving. We appreciate the efforts the teachers have gone to with regards to her reading and we look forward to hearing about her adventures during the rest of the year."

"Thank you, you are all doing an amazing job my son loves coming to school!"

"My daughter always comes home from school with a smile."

"It was so lovely to see and hear how my son is doing in school. I especially loved seeing the literacy and learning journey books as I had no idea you did things like that and it was so lovely to see! He really does love school and his class and his teachers so much and we are very happy he has such a brilliant and caring school."

"We are really pleased with the way our daughter has settled in. She is really happy. She has made excellent progress so far, thank you."


Sports Day

We had a brilliant Sports Day! See out video below: 


After a rather disrupted start for our children to the new year, we are incredibly proud of how the children in school and at home have adapted to new routines, new class bubbles or have adjusted to  learning at home.

This term we have seen fantastic pieces of work linked to our topic Ice Worlds. Children have produced beautiful pieces of artwork using cold colours, observing Arctic and Antarctic landscapes, creating habitats for Arctic and Antarctic animals from junk modelling materials and looking closely at differences in environments. The children have compared countries with all year round cold climates with our local environment of Higham Ferrers.

The children have covered stories such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Penguin Small and Lost and Found. In addition, we have looked at the differences between fiction and non-fiction books as well as identifying the features of non-fiction books and how to find out specific pieces of information.

The children have written Arctic facts, captions, and sentences and are beginning to write short stories. The children continue to practise their phonics every day and are working hard at reading and writing words with digraphs.

In maths, we have looked at missing numbers, numbers up to 20, comparing numbers, estimating and predicting number, sequencing events and finding errors in patterns.

On top of all of the hard work produced by the children in home and at school, we have been very lucky to have had some snow. The children have reported being busy outside building snowmen and igloos and having fun being outdoors.  

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Contact Us

School Business Manager, Miss Gemma Wright

Higham Ferrers Nursery & Infant School
Wharf Road
Higham Ferrers
NN10 8BQ

Tel: 01933 312904