Welcome to Reception

Reception Team:

  • Class 1 Teachers – Mrs Betts and Mrs Campbell
  • Class 2 Teacher – Mrs Eady
  • Class 3 Teacher Mrs Miller (Year group leader) 
  • Mrs Eady - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Bance - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs French - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Harris -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."


What a busy and fun packed term the children have in store. We kicked started this term with looking at the season Spring. We looked at and discussed the features of Spring. We then moved the learning onto Growing. The children have enjoyed growing a variety of seeds, some which have been sent home already – we hoped you enjoyed the cress in some of your lunches.

Each class has been growing beans and looking at the features of a plant (roots, stem, petals and leaves) The children have been excited to see the beans grow shoots and roots and making bean diaries to chart the changes. When they are bigger we shall plant them outside and hopefully see them grow and produce beans before we break for the holidays.

Not only have we been learning about how plants grow but also animals and humans. We have been looking after tadpoles and caterpillars in Reception and noting the changes as they grow and change.

In Literacy we were very lucky to have the visitor Tom the Tale Teller. The children loved the story he created using his own imagination about why cats and dogs dislike each other.

In Numeracy the children have been counting to higher numbers and finding all the ways to make both five and ten. They have also been creating their own patterns using objects and colours as well as creating pictures by using a variety of shapes.

We have also been recapping on 2D shapes and 3D, looking at their properties and what makes them different.

As we move into the final term (can you believe that their first year at school is almost over!) the children have more exciting things to look forward to. We have the Queens Jubilee to celebrate with songs to learn, things to make and of course a fabulous party on the last day of this term.

Next term Reception have their school trip to look forward to and also a sports day to start practising for.

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School Business Manager, Miss Gemma Wright

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

Tel: 01933 312904