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 ‘Eco Superhero kids’  Eco Superheros Term 3


With a little help from superhero book character ‘Michael Recycle’, the Reception unit are busy ensuring that we understand how to take good care of our environment and planet! We have learnt how to recycle properly and have been making sure we pick up litter if we see it on the floor. We have sung songs and have especially enjoyed creating models out of ‘junk’. Why put it in the bin if we can reuse if for something else!

Our ‘Home Challenge’ this term is to make a superhero prop or cape from recycled materials. We are so exciting at the prospect of being able to share these with ‘Michael Recycle’ author Ellie Bethel during a Skype which has been booked for the end of term.