Welcome to Reception! smiley   

Meet our team!


Mrs Jules Ayed

Early Years Leader

and Class Teacher – RJA (Rainbows)

Mr Alfie Eke

Class Teacher – RAE (Stars) 

Mr Ryan Snowdon

Teaching Assistant 

RJA (Rainbows)

Mrs Gemma Waring

Teaching Assistant

RAE (Stars) 







Mrs Sue Lord

Teacher -RAE


In Reception we have lots and lots of fun and magical learning through  a balance of interactive whole class key skills sessions; small group interactive activities and child-led learning through play experiences, both indoors and outdoors every day! 


We always want to know what your child's developing interests are so please keep staff us up to date with these, so we can use them to tailor our learning opportunities around them. 


The Early Years team  collect a wide range of observations, photos and videos during children's choosing for learning. This helps us to understand exactly what they already know; their next steps to work on and also contribute to the overall judgements we make against the Early Years Outcomes (link to website below).


Please support us by providing examples of what your child says and does at home, either through conversations with staff in class, also writing notes for their learning journeys.

These Learning Journeys are a unique scrapbook of this special time in their childhood, and will be treasured memories of your child's time to keep and cherish. 


We inform parents every week through our overview which is displayed on each classroom door. This includes any special events to remember; any themes and also a brief overview of what we will be covering in key skills sessions- eg phonics sounds; maths objectives etc. 


How you can help at home:  


Daily sound practice and daily reading, spend 5-10 minutes quality time (uninterrupted) every day listening to your child read /sharing a book together- using the reading scheme paper copy and/or our active learning online books and activities that your child can do on a computer or tablet at



(Reading strategies will vary as your child progresses through the various sets. Please ask for tips on how to support this in different ways during the year). 


High five us through our new phone app MARVELLOUS ME  if your child receives a badge! :) 


Forest School/ Outdoor Learning 

We will be using our forest and brand new outdoor area to support our learning as much as possible. This could be at any point every day throughout the week. We embrace all weathers and actively encourage risk-taking, which includes climbing; jumping and allowing children to build their own dens using all sorts of woodland treasures to suit their creative play and build up those strong muscles! We roll large tyres; ride our bikes and scooters down to the forest and carry large scale guttering and crates down there too - this all helps to build up our resilience; corodination and strength. 


  • Please make sure your child has some warm clothes in school.
  • Don't forget wellies and waterproof, hooded coats. 
  • Have a bag of spare clothes and footwear in school - just in case! 
  • Sometimes the children get so engrossed in their amazing experiences that they may get wet or messy - please be understanding of how important this is for their learning and development! 



Please visit our page regularly for updates on what we're getting up to!



This half-term we will be starting off with a bang to celebrate the annual traditional of bonfire night! Firework painting/chalking and looking at fire safety and the Fire Service.


We will explore Remembrance Day through a series of sensitive animation clips and the significance of Poppy Day. These can be revisited at home. Cbbebies have a beautifully sensitive short animation which provokes discussion on  and The Piano is a similar animated clip which flashes back to the war time on



We will be looking at the tradition of Christmas; the nativity story and how we celebrate it around the world. We are practising for our Christmas Concert on 18th December at 230pm. We will be decorating our classrooms and enjoying lots of Christmas activities!   

Phase 3 Phonics: we will be introducing digraphs eg qu, sh, ch, th, ng,  ee, ai (two letters that make one sound) and trigraph igh (3 letters that make one sound). We are learning to read and write the tricky words: I , go, no, to, the, into, he, we, she , me be, my and they. 


We go to the forest as much as possible to enjoy using all our senses; looking at the seasonal changes; meditate; sing songs and take risks and problem solve.  


Mr Snowdon is running a Movie Club every Tuesday after school! 

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AUTUMN TERM 1:2 2018


We had a fantastic start to the school year getting to know each other. Some of our new Reception children came to different sessions in our nursery, as well as some children who are completely new to Barwic Parade School, so we staggered transition and our first two weeks were morning only sessions. In Week 1, the children stayed until 12 noon. In Week 2, they enjoyed lunch in the main hall with the rest of school, followed by  joining the rest of school in the big playground and field afterwards for lunchtime play.  The Early Years Team were alongside them throughout the process, making sure everyone had a great time! By Week 3, all the children were ready to stay for the entire school day and in full-time. 


 We have been very busy with our interactive, experiential learning where we take part in meaningful and purposeful play and build up new relationships with adults and peers alike. The children have all settled in extremely well and had a brilliant transition into wider school life.


We have been thinking about our families and friends; all about me; favourite stories; where we live and pets/animals. Our team even visited some children in their homes! We have introduced "Dough Disco" and "Squiggle While You Wiggle " on entry every morning to get us moving, help us to gain co-ordination and support movement for early writing. This helps our brain to make pathways and connnections;  improves our fine motor skills at the same time and is a great fun start to each day!


 "Tapping"  mantras also help the children to centre and be open and ready for learning, as well as "Imagination Meditation"  where the children choose to close their eyes or wear eye masks whilst laying still in a wheel formation on their backs, listening to a 10 minute  audio story adventure. Once this has finished they then are invited to draw  and label what they saw in their minds - then share this with their friends. This is a fantastic mindful and calming session in which the children can escape and use their imagination! 


During freeflow sessions every morning and afternoon, the children in both Reception classes have open access to both indoor classrooms as well as our new outdoor environment. Across our enabling environments, we have a balance of continuous provision and enhancements through additional  activities/resources,   whilst always encouraging our children to lead their play following their own interests.


Once a week, the Year 3/4 classes have been joining Reception to partner up as reading buddies. The Reception children talk about and read their books to their buddies, then enjoy a story from our book corner being read to them by their 3/4 partners in a cosy,  fun place indoor or outdoor. 


We have introduced a Book Of The Week: so far we have had The Stick Man, Stanley's Stick and Room On The Broom.


Mr Eke has Movie Club every Tuesday after school. 


Phase 2 Phonics: We have introduced the sounds and names of letters (capital letters and lower case in cursive and printed form), and accompanying actions for all the letters of the alphabet, as well as how to write a sentence with a capital letter at the start, finger spaces in between words and finishing off each sentence with a full stop or an exclamation mark.


We had our new class photographs taken in the forest and published in Selby Times! 


We had Parents Evenings to discuss how the children are settling in and their individual next steps. 


Please see below for a copy of our latest newsletters which give you lots of information on what we have been learning this term and upcoming events.


Autumn 2 Newsletter

Autumn 1 Newsletter

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Children's Stages Of Development In Early Years

How Parents Can Contribute to Learning Journeys

Why do we encourage messy play?