Welcome to the Infant School

Welcome to Stoke Hill

Welcome to the Infant School
 We warmly welcome you to our school
Thank you for your interest in our school, we hope that the  information across the website will give you a sense of our school and what it is like to be a learner here.
If you have any questions or queries, please do contact the school and the admin team will pass it onto the appropriate person.

Starting in Reception 

 We are excited to welcome you to the Reception classes.

The Early Years Foundation Stage ~ Reception
The Early Years of Education are the foundation for children’s future development, providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities, including cognitive and social development.
A revised statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum was implemented in September 2021 for children aged 3-5.  You can view the Department for Education 'What to expect in the Early Years' information for parents below.
We are committed to providing a high quality curriculum that enables children to acquire the skills represented in the framework through meaningful learning opportunities.
We have crafted the curriculum to include a balance of adult-directed and child-initiated activities, considering the intellectual challenge in all that the children experience.

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 Learning Environments in Reception
Each space in Reception has a clear identity and provides different learning possibilities. The Dragonfly class is also the studio, Bee class is also the hive and Ladybird class is the nest.
Creating in the Studio 

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 Hive

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.

Our Gallery
Take a look at some of the exciting learning that happens in Reception...
Meet the Reception team 2023-24
Mrs Lola O'Sullivan

Reception Teacher - Dragonfly Class

Mrs O'Sullivan teaches 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 Kylie Gadd

Teaching Assistant in Dragonfly Class

Mrs Gadd is really excited to be in Dragonfly class every day.

Mrs Ruth Simmons

Reception teacher - Bee Class

Mrs Simmons will be teaching in Bee class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. She loves reading stories and swimming in the sea.

Mrs Mel Wills

Teaching Assistant in Bee Class

Mrs Wills is really looking forward to getting to know the children and their families.

Mrs Emma Guest

Reception Teacher - Ladybird Class

Mrs Guest'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!

Mrs Sharon Rourke

Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Ladybird Class

Mrs Rourke enjoys storytime and can't wait to share lots of lovely books with you.