Thank you for visiting our new starter welcome page, we are really excited to meet you and your child in September. This page features lots of information to introduce you to life in our Reception classes.

We look forward to welcoming all new starters for a stay-and-play session which will also provide parents with an opportunity to meet staff.

If you require anymore information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or speak to one of the Reception team in person.

Mr Branscombe - Headteacher

Learning Environment

The images below show the layout of our learning environment:

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The Reception Team

Mrs J Yeomans


Mrs R Hussey

Teacher/Lead Practitioner

Mrs K Wharton


Miss K Simpson


Mrs J Street

Cover Supervisor

Mrs M Ahmed

Bilingual Assistant

Mrs N FadlElseed

Bilingual Assistant

Mrs L Robinson-Burke

Support Assistant

Miss D Key

Support Assistant

Miss V Scoins

Support Assistant

Mrs C Polley

Support Assistant

Daily Timings

  • Classroom doors open 8.40am

  • School starts 8.50am

  • Lunch 12.00 - 12.45pm

  • Home time 3.15pm

The school office is open from 8.00am – 4.30pm. The office staff can help with queries regarding school dinner, uniforms, copies of letters, important dates, etc. All payments for snack, trips and uniform must be made at the office. Due to Covid-19 all enquires to the office must be made via telephone. If you need to speak to someone in person, the office team will book an appointment for you to do so.

If you are unable to collect your child and need them to be collected by a friend or family member please phone the office or tell a member of the Reception team. We value your child’s safety and will not let them go with people we do not know.

Meal Times


Please make sure your child has something to eat and drink before they come to school so that they are ready to learn. Being hungry can affect children's ability to concentrate.

School dinners

Currently, a hot meal is free for all children in years R to 2. We will be asking children to choose their meal using our computer system each morning. We would be very grateful if you could help your child choose their meals to ensure they select something that they like! A menu will be provided at the beginning of each term. Packed lunch Your child may bring in a packed lunch in a named box or bag. Please pack your child a healthy packed lunch to suit their appetite. Please remember that the children only have a limited amount of time in which to eat their lunch, so only pack what they will eat. Any uneaten food will be put back in their lunchbox for them to bring home so that you are aware of what they have eaten. Please do not send food containing nuts, peanut butter, or any nut products to school. We may have children with life-threatening allergies. No fizzy drinks, glass bottles, chocolate or sweets are to be brought to school.

Snack Time

We share a snack every morning which includes fruit and milk supplied by the local authority. We also supplement this with other foods throughout the year, particularly during important celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, Chinese New Year, Eid and Pancake Day. This helps encourage children to experience different foods.

Parental contribution

To help us to supplement snack times and cooking activities throughout the year we ask if parents could make a contribution of £5 per term or £15 at the beginning of the year.

Attendance and Medical Information

Please make sure your child attends school every day. We want them to learn as much as they can and build good habits for the future. Every child who is in school every day during a term will receive an attendance reward. Each week the class with the best attendance receives the Attendance Cup. Help us win!

What to do when your child is unwell

If your child is not well we ask you to keep them at home from school until they are better. If they are suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea it is important to keep them at home for 24 hours from the last episode to avoid the spread of illness. If your child is not going to be in school please phone or text the school to let us know.

Telephone: 02392 341133


If your child needs any prescribed medicine during the school day, please bring this to the school office. If your child needs regular medication, like an inhaler, please bring it in at the beginning of term so it can be kept in the classroom.


The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is a play based approach to learning.

The areas covered are:

  • Communication and Language

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Physical Development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Expressive Arts and Design

  • Understanding the World

Learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. We provide many first hand experiences throughout the year and we have lots of opportunities to explore and find out. Children are encouraged to be independent, solve problems and make connections. We provide stimulating and fun activities that we hope will encourage children to engage fully in their learning.

Recording Children’s Learning

The adults in Reception observe the children throughout the day. Significant observations are recorded by adults and then put into each child’s individual learning journey, Maths and English books. We use an online learning journey called Seesaw and you will be given a login so that you can look at these observations and add your own. We encourage you to be part of this process and value your contributions, so please share with us on Seesaw if your child has done anything they are proud of at home.

Working Together

Each half term we have a parent session that provides the opportunity for you to come into school and work with your child. It is also a chance for us to update you on what we have been learning in school and how you could help at home. We also hold termly parent’s evenings to discuss your child’s progress.

Once your child has begun to recognise letters during phonic sessions we will start to send reading books and keywords home. Please try to spend 5-10 minutes reading and practising the keywords every day.

Top Tips:

  • Make sure you turn off the TV to avoid any distractions

  • Talk about what is happening in the story and pictures

  • Share other books and stories with your child, including those in your home language

  • A 5-year-old child who is talked to regularly has experienced 32 million more words than a child who hasn’t had that experience.

You can find more helpful tips on this great leaflet

Book bags

We ask that each child has a book bag to put their reading books and key words in. Letters and other items will also be put into your child’s book bag so please check them regularly. Book bags can be bought from the school office for £3.50.


School Uniform

  • Grey or black trousers, skirt, pinafore dress or tailored shorts.

  • White collared school shirt

  • Green school sweatshirt or cardigan with the Cottage Grove logo

  • Black, white or grey plain socks

  • Plain black shoes with no heel (Please note: boots and open-toed sandals are not acceptable)

PE Kit

Children need black shorts and a coloured school PE t-shirt. Children will be given a team colour and the office will be able to tell you which colour t-shirt you need to buy. If they have a sibling in the school already they will be in the same team colour as them. Children do not need plimsolls. All items of the school PE kit can be bought at the school office, including PE bags.

Transition Stories

Here are a few videos of key staff members reading stories - we thought you could use these as a way of introducing your children to staff members before they join us. If your child has been with us in our on-site Nursery, they may recognise some familiar faces!

Shark in the Park – Emma Smith

Oi Dog – Janette Street

Dinosaurs Love Underpants – Jo Yeomans

Ten Little Superheroes – Katie Simpson

We’re going on a Bear Hunt – Amy Bonser

Owl Babies – Kate Wharton

Mixed Up Fairytales – Davina Key