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Haydon Abbey School and Pre-School

We plant the seeds and help them grow


Introducing the Reception Team:



  • Miss Hickman - Class Teacher
  • Mrs Firby - Senior LSA in Reception & Year 1
  • Miss Gowland – 1:1 LSA 



  • Mrs Simmonds - Class Teacher
  •  Mr Atkinson - LSA
  •  Miss Vaughan-1:1 LSA


This term our Reception topic is ‘All About Me”. The children will start this topic by looking at how everybody in the world is different. We will also be getting to know the children and helping them to form friendships and settle into Reception.


The children will explore and learn about this topic through literacy, maths and continuous provision. 


Children will have access to free flow snack which will include a piece of fruit and milk or water.



The children are expected to read every day - this does not have to mean finishing an entire book; a few pages will do.


You will also be able to find a home links page on our website, which outlines learning suggestions, in line with what we are learning about at school. The activities are optional; however, is a great way for you to get involved in your child’s learning and to complete them together, as a family. We would also love to see photos of you completing your efforts; these photos can be sent on Tapestry.



Reception will have PE on Friday. Please send the children to school  in their PE kits. They will stay in their PE kits all day.


The children need to have a named Haydon Abbey PE T-shirt and blue shorts for inside. As the weather becomes colder the children need plain navy joggers and the named Haydon Abbey sweatshirt or a plain navy sweatshirt for PE outside. They will also need to have a pair of trainers. 


If you feel your child may have toilet accidents, please leave a spare change of clothes with us. These can stay in school.


To help you keep informed throughout the year, this and further newsletters will be uploaded to the school website. If however, you struggle to access information online then please do let us know.


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


Miss Hickman & Mrs Simmonds

Reception Teachers