Early Years

Welcome to Early Years!

In Early Years we have two classes (Gold Class and Silver Class), who work and play together.

Gold Class is a Reception class of 30 incredible children led by Ms Del Corso and Silver Class is a Reception class of 30 equally incredible children led by Miss Catchpool. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Early Years: Ms Chapman, Mrs English and Mrs Simpson. We work hard together to build a happy and engaging learning environment for everybody to thrive in and to have the best possible start to their exciting school learning journey.

Our topic for the Autumn 1 term is Marvellous Me Wonderful You and the topic will be learning all about ourselves, our families, making relationships and our greater community. We will explore how we are all special and unique and learn about our bodies and our senses. We will learn how to look after ourselves and our friends. We will also find out about the people who help us in our community, what is their role and how they help us.

This half term we will be focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional Development and starting with Phase 1 of Phonics, which is all about learning sound discrimination. Phase 1 Phonics concentrates on developing children’s speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2 in Autumn 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.


General Information

You will receive weekly newsletters through Parent Mail outlining what we have covered during the week and how you can support children with consolidating their learning. Further information about the Early Years Curriculum will follow, once the children are settled into their new environment.

P.E. lessons will usually take place on Wednesdays mornings, and will either be outdoors or indoors. Please keep PE kits in school so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days too.  PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts, white t-shirt, navy blue tracksuit (top and bottoms), velcro strap trainers or plimsolls and spare socks in a draw string bag – remember to name all clothing and bag clearly! 

Children have a fruit snack and milk every day (the milk is available through Cool Milk and free for all children up until the age of 5, after which you will be asked if you wish to continue and contribute to the cost). Children should bring in their own named water bottles to school and take them home daily to be cleaned.

If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email, in person or come and find us!


Useful Information

YR long term plan overview 2021-22


Penpals – Example letter formation before joining