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Reception - Sharks (RHN)

The Sharks will be taught by Mrs Harris and Mrs Norris. Mrs Stephenson will also be in class on Wednesdays.

Mrs Watson, Mrs Sharratt, and Miss Kendrick and Mrs Yates will also be supporting in class. 

Meet The Reception Team

Here are the staff that will be working with the Reception children this year. Below is a page telling you a little bit more about the members of staff.

Mrs Harris

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Mrs Watson

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Mrs Yates

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Mrs Norris

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Mrs Sharratt

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Mrs Stephenson

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Miss Kendrick

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The Reception school day will begin at 8.50am and end at 3.20pm. The gates do open at 8.35am to allow calm and gradual start to the day, while allowing parents to do multiple drop offs.

Please take the time to read our reception booklet below for all of the information  you should need to make the best possible start to our school.

Our Aim

Our aim is to offer your child a stimulating, high quality educational curriculum during their time at school.  Your child will continue to build on the knowledge and skills he or she has already acquired with you at home and in previous childcare settings.  We are guided by the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Development Matters and Birth to 5 Matters. We aim to achieve these by:

  • Teaching in ways which stimulate and build upon curiosity and children’s interests, enabling learning through practical and planned play activities as well as through structured, taught sessions.  The combination of these two approaches is vital as we encourage resilience, self-motivation and independence alongside the introduction of new ideas and skills.
  • Putting high value on the Prime areas of learning.
  • Offering extended periods of play and a rich variety of new and familiar experiences to extend and consolidate your child’s knowledge and confidence.
  • Using a range of equipment in planned and progressive ways that extend development and help your child to reach their full potential.
  • Encouraging children to consider their own choices and responsibilities in all that they do, building empathy, self-regulation and forethought into their actions.
  • Enhancing children’s vocabulary about the world and from stories to use in their play, conversations and writing.
  • Working in partnership with families to offer the best start to their time at Dovecote.
  • Promoting oracy and extending the children’s vocabulary to enable their deeper thinking, understanding, conversational skills, confidence, academic outcomes and well-being.
  • Setting aspirational targets for our children to achieve by the end of Reception, building on their nursery experience and promoting a smooth transition into Year 1.

Contact us

If you have any questions or need to contact us, please email the class address at:


Reception Class Letters & Newsletters

Lining up for parents and carers

Below you will see the videos that we made for the children returning to school after Lockdown. The information is still the same, with the exception of the names of the classes! I will leave them up so that you can see where Parents/Carers and children line up to come into Reception. If adults could line up on the correct sides it really helps us.  We find it easier to get the children out to you at the end of the day if we can see you where we expect you to be lined up.  

The Cubs (Mrs Norris) line up on the right, along the fence and down towards the football cage/Year One.

The Pups (Mrs Hill and Miss Hall) line up on the left and follow the fence round in the direction of Nursery.

Please remember to observe social distancing as you line up at the start and the end of the day.

CUBS, Mrs Norris (Formerly Platypups)


PUPS, Mrs Hall & Miss Hill (Formerly Joeys)


The Reception way of working is very similar to Nursery.  The children will have group times where they learn phonics, maths and other key learning.  They will also have the opportunity to choose their own learning in the workshop areas.  We have carefully selected which resources have the most benefit to the children's learning and have the most reduced risk in the current pandemic climate.  We have a rigorous and thorough cleaning schedule and there will plenty of handwashing to keep the children and staff safe.  Further pictures and information for the children can be found on our Transition tab: Children>Reception>Transition.

Cubs classroom

Pups classroom


Reading books will be given out on Mondays and collected in on Fridays (for quarantine purposes).  Please ensure your child brings their book bag on these days.

There are lots of ways you can support your child with reading at home so that your ENJOYS, ENGAGES and EXCELS. 

  • ENJOY sharing stories together.  Have fun looking at books together and read stories to your child.  Find a way to build storytime into your routines at home.  Bedtime is an ideal time to share a book because it is a good calming activity before settling down to bed.
  • Ask questions such as what happened in the story, why did that happen, how did she feel when that happened/how do you know, have you ever felt like that, what do you think will happen next/can you guess what will happen on the next page, which word told you she was scared? Don't ask too many questions or you will lose the flow of the story.  Questions ENGAGE your child with the story content.
  • Be excited to read - if you are enjoying it, your child is more likely to and when they enjoy it, they start to engage with it.
  • Look at the reading books together that are sent home from school.  If your child is confident then read it to them the first time they look at it.  This isn't cheating, don't worry!  Your child will feel more confident to look at the words and work them out if they are already familiar.  You could also try the 'jump in' strategy if they are still lacking confidence - read most of the sentence and get them to follow the words with their finger and then stop at a word that is easy to sound out and let them 'jump in' and read that one for you.  Explain that you need their help to read it.
  • Aim to read the school reading book every day.  That's only four times a week under our covid-secure reading book timetable.  Find a time that works best for you.  You might find that bedtime isn't the right time for them to be reading to you if they find it frustrating.  
  • If your child enjoys and engages with reading, then they will start to excel.



If you want to support writing at home, look for reasons to give the writing a purpose.  Children are much more enthusiastic about writing when they have a reason to do it.  Maybe they can help with the shopping by writing five items on their list that they have to find as you go around the supermarket.  Perhaps they could invite their friend to play and write out an invitation. If you would like another copy of the Read Write Inc soundboards that we use, please ask a member of staff. 



We will inform you of your PE day as soon as possible. This year we are arriving wearing our PE kit. However, on a rainly day it might be a good idea to come to school wearing wellies and bring your PE shoes and socks in a seperate bag.

WOW Moments

We still really want to hear about your child's WOW moments!  Have they learned to ride a bike? Made progress with swimming?  Spotted numbers on the way home? Written something all by themselves? Read a sign whilst out shopping with you?  Celebrated a special occasion?  

We still want to hear about them but we are trying to limit the paper contact between home and school so if you have something special to share please email the class address at reception@dovecote.school


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