Starting in Reception
We are excited to welcome you to Reception in September 2023.
Please have a look at the information on this page including the key dates for induction and we look forward to meeting you soon.
We work hard to build positive and respectful relationships with the children, their families and their community – working in partnership to ensure all children are confident, happy, self-assured and successful.
The studio is a dedicated space where children can deeply connect and work collaboratively on projects. They have the time to be curious, follow lines of enquiry and have their learning extended by being introduced to a wide variety of media and resources by a thoughtful, reflective practitioners.
Exploring in the Workshop
Exploring with the blocks in the workshop develops so many areas of learning and development including negotiation, communication and language, and mathematics.
When children are building they are comparing and counting the blocks, measuring distance, using symmetry and continuously solving problems and thinking creatively.
Learning in the Nest
Role play is how children make sense of their world, acting out experiences, ideas or stories. Imagination, which is at the heart of children’s role play, is more important than knowledge according to Albert Einstein, “for knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world.”
Role play takes place throughout the setting, indoors and out. It can be encouraged in a specific area where props to further the play are provided. Arches, windows and fabrics invite children into the role play area and cosy nooks allow them to withdraw for solitary and imaginary play. Natural and recycled materials extend children’s play in open ended ways.
Miss Lola Curtis
Reception Teacher - Dragonfly Class
Miss Curtis is looking forward to teaching in Dragonfly Class. She is passionate about exploring children’s creativity through expressive arts. She loves being outdoors and in her spare time, she enjoys going for walks along the beach.
Mrs Mel Wills
Teaching Assistant in Dragonfly Class
Mrs Wills is really looking forward to getting to know our new children and their families.
Mrs Ruth Simmons
Mrs Simmons will be a familiar face in the Nursery and Reception classes. She has a wide experience of teaching in early years and especially enjoys developing communication and language skills through stories, rhymes and songs.
Miss Emma Marsh
Reception Teacher - Ladybird Class
Miss Marsh's passions are in early child development, particularly speech and language development and also children’s personal development and wellbeing.
Her favourite part of the day is story time and her bag is always full of books that she thinks the class will love!
Miss Natalie Smith
Teaching Assistant in Ladybird Class
Miss Smith can't wait to play with you in our exciting Foundation Stage garden.
Miss Haydee Bottard
Reception Teacher - Bee Class
Miss Bottard is passionate about the early years of education. She believes that being a Reception class teacher is a privilege as it is so wonderful to be such a big part in a child's school experience.
Mrs Sharon Rourke
Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Bee Class
Mrs Rourke loves storytime and can't wait to share lots of lovely books with you.
Stoke Hill Federation Breakfast and After School Club
The Federation offers a Breakfast & After School Club facility for children attending both the Junior and the Infant & Nursery School.
Our staff take and collect children from the Infant School each day and safely escort them between sites.
For more information and an application form regarding either club please contact Lisa Sinclair, Extended Schools Manager.
Telephone 01392 667830 or 07906815479. Alternatively
Mrs Lisa Sinclair
Lisa manages the extended schools provision