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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 the full Early Years Policy and all of the information you should need to make the best possible start to our school.

Our Aim

“To rise above the ordinary and give our pupils wings”


Intent in the EYFS

At Dovecote our intention is to provide the best start to the children’s education. They are at the centre of everything we do and we want the best possible outcomes for each individual child so that:

  • The children are safe, happy, feel valued and special. Each child, their individuality and what makes them unique is celebrated by all adults and children to build respect, relationships and understanding.
  • The children develop resilience, confidence, independence, resourcefulness, self-motivation and an ability to problem solve, so that they can interact with the world around them and are prepared for life in modern Britain.
  • The children are excited to come to school, their learning is enjoyable, builds upon curiosity and their interests.
  • Children are confident, have a good sense of self, build strong friendships and are kind.                        

We strive:

  • To support and challenge the children during their learning, through high quality interactions, questioning, modelling and encouraging the children to produce work they are proud of.
  • To be innovative and teach in ways which stimulate and engage the children through well thought out independent play activities as well as structured, taught sessions.
  • Provide a learning environment that is inviting, well resourced, accessible to all, promotes exploration and independence.
  • To put high value on the Prime areas of learning to equip the children with transferrable life skills and learning strategies to apply into year 1 and beyond.
  • To encourage children to consider their own choices and responsibilities in all that they do, building empathy, self-regulation and forethought into their actions and behaviour.
  • To set 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


Please bring your child's book bag to school everyday as the day they read may change. 

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 most days.    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.

Please see the information sheet below on how to read pink level books with your child.



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


Useful Documents for your information


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