Welcome to our Reception Class!

We provide a warm and nurturing environment that is so important to a child's first experience of school. We have a spacious, welcoming and stimulating classroom, along with a wonderful and secure outdoor area in which to enhance the children's learning opportunities right across the curriculum.

The children will have many opportunities throughout the week to develop their physical skills and will take part in a more formal PE sessions for which they will need their PE kits. Please make sure that their PE kit is clearly labelled as items can get mixed up!

If you want to see what we are doing in class, please have a look at the curriculum letter and the EYFS long term plan.  If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Class Teacher: Miss Bethany Taylor

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Oultram



We use Tapestry at St Mary’s to record, track and celebrate children's progress in early years education. 

Tapestry is an easy-to-use innovative, interactive online learning journal. This unique journal is shared online with parents, who are able to see special moments and view their child's progress.

For more information on how to set up Tapestry please see this document

Please click on the link below to access Tapestry.


Reading and phonics

Reading and phonics are an important part of the Early Years Curriculum.   The presentation below is from a recent information evening held on Reading and Phonics for parents and carers.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the Early Years teaching team if you have any further questions or suggestions. 



Spellings are linked to the discrete Phonics and SPAG sessions as the children progress through from Reception to Year 2.

In EYFS children are taught to read and then later to spell non-decodable, common exception words (tricky words) and will bring these home on a bookmark or flashcards when they are working at that Phase.