Welcome back

Welcome to the start of another school year.  It has been really lovely to welcome back the children who are returning from the Nursery, and has been great to have so many wonderful new faces joining our Reception class! The children are all settling into school life, and we are excited for the fun year of learning and growing ahead of us.

Reception Team
Miss Appleyard – Class Teacher
Miss Ellie – Class TA

What we will be learning this term

This term we will be covering a few topics in Reception, as well as beginning our journey into phonics and reading. Due to the way our curriculum is delivered, the children will be learning their maths and literacy skills throughout each topic, along with the 5 other areas of development within the curriculum.

We will be starting the term by learning all about ourselves and each other as a great way to get to know our new friends. We will be engaging in lots of role play along with fun activities, such as self-portraits, as well as practising our number skills and our name writing.

We will then be moving on to our very exciting topic of ‘Dinosaurs’, and are expecting to have a lot of fun when we become scientists digging for dinosaur fossils in the garden! We will also be engaging in lots of fun writing activities all about our adventures in ‘Dino-land’, as well as learning about all of the different types of dinosaurs by making our own ‘Dino Directory’.

After half-term, we will then begin our final topic of the term – ‘People Who Help Us’. During this time we will be able to learn all about the very important people who help us in life, and we may even have some special visitors to show us how it’s done!

Latest Reception News

Reception Staff

  • Shaunie Appleyard
    Shaunie Appleyard
    Reception Teacher
  • Ellie Jackson
    Ellie Jackson
    Teaching Assistant Reception

Upcoming Reception Events

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Reception Learning Links

Paper Copies

If you would like a printed copy of any of the school’s polices or any other information please contact the school and we will be happy to provide it.

Illustration of Girl Skipping
Shaunie Appleyard
Reception Teacher

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons as the Nursery Class Teacher since 2016.

I am proud to work here because it is such a wonderful school where all the staff and children look out for each other. As well as fantastic teachers who are dedicated to each and every child, we have children who are really lovely and value their experiences at school, which makes working here a real pleasure.

Working in the early years, I have a commitment to making sure that every child gets off to the right start in school. I strive to create an inclusive class environment which will stimulate and engage all our children, and I encourage and support them to progress and develop as learners.

Ellie Jackson
Teaching Assistant Reception

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons since January 2016, in the nursery and reception. It is such a fantastic place to work, as the pupils and staff make it such a special place. I love being part of such a wonderful school community, and it is a genuine pleasure to work here and teach our pupils as they are all such lovely children and enthusiastic learners.