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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

We plant the seeds and help them grow


Welcome to Reception


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


Introducing the Reception Team


RVC   Mrs Howell - Class Teacher

           Miss Capron - Assistant Head – Early Years (on maternity cover)

            Miss Abdullahi - Trainee Teacher

           Mrs Nicholson - Senior LSA (YR &Y1)


RJS    Mrs Simmonds - Class Teacher

           Miss French - LSA

           Miss Vaughan - LSA


The whole class carpet 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 ‘Marvellous Me’ topic. In Reception each week you will have access to a ‘Home Links’ sheet – this 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. 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 their name is added to our Reception giant sunflower on display 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. The value this term will be displayed on the sunflower and in the Home Links.


Forest School & PE

The children will all do Forest School on Thursday. Please could all the children come to school in their school uniform and bring their Forest School kit (long sleeved top, bottoms, waterproof coat and wellies) in a named bag. Please remember to bring in old clothes for Forest School that you wouldn’t mind them getting a little muddy! We will provide children with waterproof overalls.


All children will also need a PE kit kept in school every day. This should be kept 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 Fridays with Mrs Westcott.


Please remember when the weather is colder, the children will need to be provided with warmer clothing for outdoors, for both Forest School and PE.



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. Please ensure you return your child’s book and reading record on their reading day each week. The children will also be given name writing, sound and number formation templates for them to practise at home.


Marvellous Me

Every week on a Wednesday afternoon, one child from each class will be given the opportunity to take the ‘Marvellous Me’ box home each week. The children will need to fill the box with 8 special items to them. This could be a photograph, drawing, favourite toy, favourite item of clothing, something when you were a baby etc. This is so the children can show their friends their special things and learn lots about them. Parents are invited to share their child’s special box of items on a Wednesday at 3:00pm when it is their child’s turn. We will issue a letter at the beginning of each term to inform the parents of when their child’s turn is.


Family Challenge

This is an activity that you complete at home as a family and then bring into show us at school. We would also love to see photos of you completing your Family Challenges; these photos can be emailed into the school office. Our Family Challenges will usually be set each half term and you will be notified through the Home Links.



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 there is anything else you would like to discuss with your child’s class teacher they will be happy to make an appointment with you.


Incidentally, to help you to keep informed throughout the year all dates for the diary, relevant information and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. Please ensure you check the school website regularly so you do not miss out on anything happening this year.


All of the staff in Reception are looking forward to working with you and your children over the next year.


Miss Doyle

YR & Y1 Phase Leader