Hayesdown First School

Striving for excellence together


We have 2 Reception classes:

Ladybirds Class and Butterflies Class






Mrs L O’ Donoghue and Mrs N Grassi (Ladybirds)

Mrs L Ball (Butterflies)

Teaching Assistants

Mrs L Jackson

Mrs A Rose

Mrs J Eyers

The reception year is a significant year of school, for both our children and parents as it forms the foundation of your child’s primary education.

At Hayesdown we offer a combination of adult and child-led learning. Lots of our learning is through play, where the children can develop their personal, social and emotional skills. They learn to investigate the world around them both physically and imaginatively. The children benefit from having their own outdoor learning space where they can explore, imagine and create together.

Reading is very important to us; listening to stories and rhymes feeds children’s imagination and builds their vocabulary. Daily Read Write Inc sessions introduce children to phonics to help them develop reading and writing in a fun and engaging way.

Much of our maths is practical and encourages questioning and exploration as well as introducing key concepts through a range of resources. This helps the children to develop a solid understanding of number and other mathematical concepts in an active and enjoyable way. We have introduced ‘Numberblocks’ this year which has been a great way of engaging the children in maths and making it exciting for them.

Our projects for this academic year will be:

Term 1-Farm to Fork

Term 2-How do we celebrate?

Term 3-Eco Superhero kids

Term 4-How does your garden grow?

Term 5-Under the Sea

Term 6-Going for Gold (Olympics) 

This terms project is ‘How do we celebrate?’ please see our project map here  YR Curriculum Map How do we celebrate

The Reception unit (Ladybirds and Butterflies) look forward to performing our production of ‘Our First Christmas’ in the last week of term. The children will have to work together to learn the songs and scripts. This should be a fantastic way of helping the children grow in confidence at the same time as learning the Christmas story.