Welcome to Reception!
Our Reception classes are the Pandas and Penguins.
Mrs MillerPandas Class
Miss FletcherPandas Class
Mr OlneyPenguins Class & Early Years Lead
Mrs Miller teaches Pandas (Miss Fletcher teaches Pandas and is on maternity leave) and Mr Olney teaches Penguins.
The teachers are assisted by Mrs Ashton, Miss Card, Mrs Gausden, Mrs Holdaway and Mrs Radley.
In Pandas, Mrs Jones teaches on Wednesday afternoons and Ms Cowley teaches on Thursday mornings.
In Penguins, Mrs Glineur teaches on Thursday mornings and Mrs Gausden teaches on Friday mornings.
If, on occasion, supply teachers are needed, we try to use as few different faces as possible.
Meeting your Class Teacher
If you have any questions, please do speak to us at drop-off or pick-up time. If this is not possible, we are happy to arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time or you can call or email the office.
Parents’ Evenings are held in October and February each year.
In Reception we explore three exciting topics:
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Welcome to Aldrington! Join us to make your very own treasure box and discover the colours of autumn.||We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re meeting Goldilocks and we can even bring our own teddy bears!||Time to get outside and find out about bugs and plants. Come to the flower shop, meet the caterpillars and climb the beanstalk!|
Details of our termly curriculum can be found in the topic leaflets below. Please click to download.
- Autumn is Red Rockets and Rainbows
- Spring Is Beware of the Bear and Helping Heroes
- Summer is Wild and Wonderful
School Calendar and Term dates
PE and Uniform
In the colder months, please ensure that children have a coat for time outside.
Please send your child with a spare pair of socks and underwear in case of accidents!
PE sessions are held each Friday morning. This is in addition to regular time that children have in the Reception playground and on the large climbing frame. On the children’s PE days, they come to school in their PE kit and stay in it all day.
At Aldrington, we learn four new sounds a week using the Little Wandle scheme. Children will start on Phase 2 in the autumn term and move onto Phase 3 in the spring term. You can find more information about Little Wandle, including printable resources and teaching videos, at
Please look out for details of our Phonics/Reading session for parents. Led by staff members, this will give much more information about how to read decodable books with your children.
Reading is an integral part of the school day, both one-to-one with an adult and in small groups. When your child is ready, they will be given a reading book and reading record to take home. Please try to set aside a few minutes each day to share your child’s reading book. It is helpful if you complete the record book on a regular basis.
Your child will be given a school library book on a Friday. The idea to foster an enjoyment of reading and experience different texts, rather than for the child to read necessarily. Upon return of the book, it will be changed every Friday. Do consider keeping school books in the book bag to prevent loss.
Food and Drink
Every child should come to school with a (name labelled) water bottle. Please do not put it in the book bag as it may spill!
A fruit or vegetable snack is provided for each child every day. However, if your child is not keen on many fruits or vegetables, you may provide your own fruit or vegetable snack (not fruit bars, such as Yo Yo bars). Please label the snack to prevent upset, and keep it out of lunch boxes which are stored separately.
Please can we remind you that we are strictly a NO NUT school. This includes products containing nuts e.g pesto, nutella etc. We have children with severe allergies that could lead to anaphylaxis. If your child has an allergy, we need to know. Please contact the school office to provide information.
Children may arrive at school from 8.40am and must be present by 8.50am. Reception children finish at 3.10pm and are dropped-off and picked-up at the side Reception gate (to the left of the main entrance to the School Office). After 3.15pm, children should be collected from the school office.