Welcome back and Happy New Year

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year! We hope that you have all had a lovely break, and that your child is back and ready to learn.

There were a few changes in staffing last term so this is our new Reception Team.

  • Ms Bibby – class teacher
  • Miss Laraine – TA
  • Miss Ellie – TA

In Reception, we run an open door policy, so there will always be one of the team around at the start of the day (08:20am), or at the end of the day (2:40pm), if you have any questions or concerns.

Please note that you must bring your child in through the appropriate entrance from Clyde Street – not through the school, or via the nursery gate.

Thank you

What we will be learning this term

This term our topics are ‘Traditional Tales’ and ‘Growing’. As well as the classic tales, (‘Gingerbread Man’ and ‘3 Billy Goats Gruff’ etc) we will be looking at the books of Julia Donaldson – ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Stick Man’ etc. We have got off to a brilliant start with a visit to the Discover Centre in Stratford where we got to explore lots of the different worlds inside her books.

In addition to learning through play and independent exploration, in both the inside and outside learning spaces, the children will be focusing on counting forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond, and learning to order things by size from smallest to largest or tallest. In phonics we are continuing to learn our sounds and blend these across from left to right, to read words for ourselves.

We will also be spotting rhyming patterns such as cat/mat/sat and zog/dog/frog etc. Please practise these with your child!

Latest Reception News

Reception Staff

  • Laraine Staples
    Laraine Staples
    Teaching Assistant Reception
  • Loreta Bibby
    Loreta Bibby
    Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher
Laraine Staples
Teaching Assistant Reception

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Grinling Gibbons since 2010, but previously I was a volunteer here. I have been the Reception Teaching Assistant for six years and enjoy watching the children grow in confidence and mature throughout their educational journey. I am proud to be a member of staff at a great school, working with a great teaching team who have the children’s best interests at heart.

Loreta Bibby
Deputy Headteacher / Reception class teacher

Additional Responsibilities


This is only my second year working at Grinling Gibbons, but already, it feels like I have been here for much longer. After teaching for nearly thirty years across a range of schools in London, I can honestly say, that this is a really special school, filled with enthusiastic, polite, hard-working children, who have a real love for learning, and who can’t wait to come to school every morning. The same could be said of all our teachers and support staff too!

This year I am teaching in Reception, and I am always amazed at the new learning I experience every day. I hope I will be here for many years to come.