Welcome to Hassell Reception. Our Class teachers are Mrs Lear and Mrs Destcoteaux and our teaching assistants are Miss Tune and Mrs Heath.  

Welcome to the Reception class page. Mrs Lear and Miss Tune work together in one reception class and Mrs Descoteaux and Mrs Heath work in the other class.  We share the outdoor area during lesson times.   There is a maximum of 25 children per reception class and we have great time learning in our play-based learning environment. The classroom has the following areas: writing, creative, role play, construction, small world, investigation, reading, Technology, finger gym, phonics and play dough. We also have an outdoor area where we can build, investigate, run, ride bikes, dig and perform.  We have a mud kitchen, water wall and investigation station too.  

We make the most of our surroundings and will go on regular walks to the library, the Queens gardens and local parks.  (Permission letters will be sent in due course) We love to grow fruit and vegetables in our small garden area.  We will provide puddle suits and ponchos but please send in coats, hats, gloves or sun hats dependent on the weather

In the reception class, we learn maths and phonics every day as a whole class which are followed by small group personalised teaching sessions. We also learn lots of other things through topics which we choose together. based on our interests.

All children have a diary which goes home every day. This is a communication tool between school and home, providing space for messages to be passed on and a record of when reading has taken place to be made. In reception we listen to each child read at least twice a week but we aim for three reads a week. We also learn  'rainbow words' and ‘tricky words’ which are words we will need to recognise in books. These are words that children will encounter frequently, the tricky words are words that cannot be decode/sounded out and will need to be read by sight.   These are added to each Friday or when the children are ready for their next set.  

We experience a broad and balanced curriculum based on the learning areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage – Physical, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Please see the documents below for details of proposed topics, curriculum information and topic suggestions.  We say suggestions because at Hassell we are completely flexible to the interests and needs of our children.  

In Reception you child will have a document called a ’learning journey', together we will build a beautifully informative document that will journal your child's time and learning within the reception year.  Staff and children will add to the document regularly.  We hope that parents will also join us in contributing to this.  We will send out details of how you can get involved.  There will be plenty of opportunities to view your child's learning journey throughout the year.  

PE takes place on Tuesdays. Children are to come dressed in their kit. (No PE on the first day of school so please come dressed in uniform) 

Along with their book bag children should bring in a water bottle each day.  

The teaching staff are happy to answer any other questions you may have.  

Kind Reagrds

The Reception Team