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Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Haydon Abbey Reception Classes. We are looking forward to seeing all the children again and watching them grow and develop throughout the year.


Introducing the Reception Team


RLA    -    Mrs Anwar Class Teacher, Mr Flynn - Trainee Teacher, Mrs Nicholson, Mrs Rolfe LSA

RLW   -    Mrs Williamson Class Teacher,  Miss Schmidt  & Miss French - LSAs


The whole class sessions will be led by their class teacher. The children will then explore the setting and take part in small group activities. We call this ‘Busy Bee Time.’ They will work closely with all members of staff and play and learn alongside all the children.



In Reception our topics change frequently due to the children’s interests. We will start the year with our ‘All About Me’ topic. Please could the children bring in photos of their families to show their classes. In Reception each week you will receive a ‘Home Links’ sheet - A copy can be found on the website under "For Pupils", Homework, Reception. This will give you information about our topic and some ideas to try at home with your child.


Learning Journeys

As you may have noticed each child has their own section of display to celebrate their achievements within Reception. On this display there is also a folder for each child. This is where we keep the work, photos and activities the children have been doing in school. You are welcome to look in their folders when you bring the children to school in the morning. We would also like you to add things to their folders. Perhaps a drawing they have done at home or a photograph of them doing something at the weekend. The contents of their folders are then added to each child’s individual Learning Journey.


Wow Cards

In Reception we encourage the parents to share their children’s achievements from home with school. We do this by sending home Wow Cards for you to fill out of your child’s ‘wow’ moments. This could be anything from making something special to playing with their siblings.


Sunflower Value

As part of the whole school we focus on one school value a term; we encourage the children to show this value through their everyday play. When the children are seen showing the value they receive a petal to go on our Reception Sunflower and they have a certificate to take home. When your child brings home their certificate please encourage them to tell you why they have received it. 


Forest School & PE 

The children will all do Forest School on Friday mornings.  Please could the children come to school dressed in their Forest School kit (long sleeved top and bottoms) with their school uniform in a bag. All children need to have a PE in school on their pegs. They will need shorts, t-shirt and a pair of trainers and plimsolls. Please could we ask that the children have drawstring bags and not rucksack as these take up too much room on the children’s pegs. PE lessons will be on Mondays.



In Reception each child reads to their class teacher once a week and takes a book home to share with you. The children’s individual reading days will be displayed in each class and recorded in their reading record books. You are more than welcome to change your child’s book more often than once a week if you wish.



At Haydon Abbey we operate a password system for the safety of our pupils. If someone other than the usual person is coming to collect your child you must give them your child’s password. It is also extremely important that you inform the school if anyone else is due to collect your child. If an unfamiliar adult comes to collect your child we will request the password and if the adult cannot provide the password we will not allow them to take your child from school.


We have lots of exciting events planned over the year, more information will follow separately.


If you have any questions, please ask a member of staff.  


Mrs Anwar, Mrs Williamson & the Reception Team