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Who's Who in Reception

Meet the 2023 - 2024 Reception Team

Left to right: Mrs Pritchard (teacher), Miss Carpenter (Early Years lead), Mrs Valentine (TA), Mrs Carder (TA), Mrs Tench (teacher), Mrs Trow (teacher), Miss Millington (TA), Mrs Taylor (TA), Mrs Waterhouse (TA) and Mrs Jones (TA).


In Reception, we have two classes, Dodd and Inkpen. Mrs Tench and Mrs Pritchard are the teachers in Inkpen and Mrs Trow is the teacher in Dodd


For Literacy and Mathematics the children are taught in small focus groups across both classes which allows us to tailor our teaching to the specific needs of each child or group.  The children also have many opportunities to explore their own learning through play, co-operation, investigation and exploration.  Children are supported to find out about the world around them, technology, art, music, PE and all other areas through whole class teaching, small group teaching or independent investigation.

In Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme, with some use of actions and songs from Jolly Phonics. 

All children read in a small group every morning with a teacher, Teaching Assistant or trained parent volunteer.  They then have a guided reading book when appropriate, which is changed weekly, and a “choose book” which they can change on a daily basis.

We start each half term with a basic concept or idea such as “Powerful People”.  We then explore this with the children to find out what they already know and what they would like to know.  From this, we plan a broad sequence of learning for the half term, and then refine it each week depending on the progress and interests of the children.

Forest School

Children take part in Forest School with their class every other week.  Their learning in Forest School supports many areas of the curriculum such as Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, Communication and Language and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 


All children are provided with a hot lunch every day, without charge.  If you want to take up this hot dinner you will still need to book it via the ParentPay system the week before.  If you would prefer your child to have a packed lunch, then this is up to you.

What to bring to school every day

Every day, we ask the children to bring:

A book bag with their reading book, choose book, reading record and phonics folder

Water bottle filled with water only

Lunch box if appropriate

Named coat

What to bring to school every half term


PE kit


We always welcome the opportunity to listen to parents and carers and share your child’s development and learning.  We use Tapestry, an online Learning Journey through which we will share pictures and comments about your child’s learning and development.  We would love to see photos of your child’s learning at home.  It’s so easy to upload photos and comments to Tapestry yourself. 

We are always available for a brief word at the start of the day (between 8.35 and 8.45).  However, if you need a longer conversation, we will arrange to see you as soon as possible, probably one day after school. 

Alternatively, you can always e-mail the Reception team by emailing the teachers on either or