Reception Class Teacher – Mrs Melanie GoodallMrs M Goodall - Assistant Headteacher, SENCO, Foundation Manager

I have been at Ravensmead Primary School since September, 2004. I teach in Reception, which I oversee as Early Years Manager.

I have other responsibilities in school including Assistant Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

I really enjoy reading stories to the children, my favourite being “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson. In addition, I enjoy the practical activities in class, especially when the children can express themselves through their art work.


Reception Class Teacher – Miss Jade Bould

I have been a part of the Ravensmead team since 2010. I recently qualified as a teacher with a specialism in Early Years. I enjoy all things creative, especially painting. Reading stories is an importance in my teaching and my favourite author is Julia Donaldson, I love the way her stories rhyme. I also enjoy sport and teach netball and athletics during after school clubs.



Each week a Homework information sheet will be sent home outlining what the children will be learning in school, as well as detailing the homework. This will include any sounds/words/numbers/shapes being taught and a note detailing what parents can do with their child at home to enhance their learning.

The children in Reception will be given homework every week to be completed with your help. Initially, this could be in the form of bringing items into school that link to the topic being covered. Later on in the term, the children will receive colouring in sheets, tracking/tracing sheets.

Following this, the children will receive homework that requires them to do some writing/phonics/number work. Homework is handed out to the children on a Friday and expected back into school on the following Tuesday. Team points are rewarded to the children who return their homework to school.

Topic Web Half termly Parent information sheets will be sent out explaining our Topic for the half term, covering the seven areas of learning.

Parent information sheet Autumn B 2017

Reading phonics letter sept 17

Parental information sheet Autumn A 2017

Reception Parental information sheet Summer A 2017

Parental information sheet Spring B 2017

Parental information sheet Spring A 2017

Reception Reading and Phonics Evening 2016

Parents Phonics Information Booklet 2016

EYFS Mathematics Workshop ppt Feb 2015

Understanding of the World Workshop Powerpoint

Reception intake meeting presentation 2016


Reception classes September 2017


Mathematics Workshop

The Reception children have been busy this week working with their adult as part of their Mathematics Workshop. There were a variety of activities for the children to access in order to show the learning in this area in Reception. Despite the cold weather, activities were accessed in our outdoor learning environment where the children could for example; number hula hoop clocks and put icicles in the correct number order. Inside activities included estimating how many objects were in a pot, fishing for numbers and adding numbers together to equal 10. Both the adults and children had a great time at the workshop!! Well done everyone!!


Keeping Warm in Winter

Supporting the current Foundation stage topic, which is Keeping Warm in Winter and learning about the Homeless. Soup and hot chocolate was made and served for parents to make a donation. We raised £68.37 during this event and all proceeds will be sent to the charity Shelter.

Thank you for all your support.


Christmas workshop

We all had a great time at our Christmas workshop completing various activities including singing Christmas songs on stage. Parents and grandparents were able to work alongside their child getting into the Christmas spirit playing festive bingo, making decorations, sharing their handmade mince pies and a fun music session. It was lovely to see everybody having a good time.


Harvest Celebrations

On Monday 9th October Reception and Nursery children went to visit the Chapel as part of our Harvest celebrations. The children took across food donations, which were being donated to the local food bank. During the visit the children sang some songs in order to celebrate Harvest time.



Reception classes September 2016


Foundation Stage’s trip to National Adventure Farm, July 2017

On Monday 17th July, all of the children visited the farm and had a very busy day: planting beans and retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’; looking for bugs in the growing garden; going on a trailer ride looking for hidden scarecrows; stroking the animals and having lunch (always a highlight of a trip for the children!). The sun was shining and the children were smiling!


English Workshop

On Wednesday 3rd May the Reception children had an English workshop. During the workshop the children worked with their parents completing different activities inside and outside linked to Reading, Phonics and Writing. Both the children and parents had a great time! A big thank you to the parents for their support from the Early Years team.

Dental Nurse

Mrs Morgan came to school to talk about what she does to help the dentist to care for people’s teeth. She allowed the children to look at the special mirrors, face masks and rubber gloves; some children even pretended to be patients and wear the bib and glasses!


Traffic patrol officer

Mrs Dugmore came in to speak to the children about her job as the ‘Lollipop lady’ also known as the traffic patrol officer. She showed us her uniform, resources and how to cross the road safely with her help.



We also had a special visit from a Nurse who came in to talk about how she helps people. She showed us how blood pressure is taken and talked about working in an air ambulance.


Easter Service at the Chapel

On Monday 3rd April Reception and Nursery went across to the Chapel to listen to the Easter story with Reverend Helen Hoe. We sung beautifully and sat and listened carefully to Helen as she told us all about Easter.


Bug Visit

On Thursday 9th March the Bug Club lady came to visit both of the Reception classes. She brought in lots of different Minibeasts including Spiders, Millipedes and Beetles. The children were able to find out lots of information about the Minibeasts, as well as being able to handle them. The children really enjoyed the experience.


World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March 2017, Reception celebrated ‘World Book Day’ by coming to school with their slippers, a cushion and their favourite book to share with their friends. We also completed a range of art activities based on a selected authors: ours being Allan Alhberg who wrote ‘Funny Bones’.

Children from classes in Year 3/4 came to read with us and we made lots of different skeleton pictures- it was great fun!


Author and illustrator, Matt Buckingham, visited Reception

On Monday 13th February 2017, Matt came to talk to the children about his job as an author and illustrator. He read some of his ‘Bright Stanley’ books and explained how he created the pictures. He then drew some pictures for the children to guess what they were going to be and after that, he asked the children to ‘scribble’ and he turned their scribbles into a picture!

His ideas and pictures gave the children lots of ideas which they then used to colour some pictures and add some new characters of their own!


Reception Shape, space and measures workshop


Chinese New Year

The children have been learning all about why people celebrate Chinese New Year and how they do this. As part of their learning, the children have made hats, written using Chinese symbols and made a dragon head which they then used to create a dragon dance. We also had a Chinese meal and the children could choose whether they wanted sweet and sour chicken or sweet chilli chicken.


Fun in the snow!

Lots of fun was had by the teachers and children in Nursery and Reception when they went out to play in the snow.


Christmas at the Chapel: visiting Audley Methodist Church

On Monday 12th December, Reception visited the chapel for a Christmas service with Rev. Helen Hoe. Rev. Helen discussed the meaning behind the stripes on a candy cane and we sang and danced to some festive songs.

Christmas Workshop

On Wednesday, 7th December parents were invited into school to take part in the Early Years Christmas Workshop. The Reception & Nursery children performed Christmas songs which involved dancing & sign language. The children then worked with their adult at different workstations to decorate Gingerbread men hanging decorations, play Christmas Bingo, as well as being involved in a music activity station. A snack was enjoyed whilst looking at their Learning Logs. Everybody had a great time!


On Monday 31st October, both Reception classes enjoyed working with Manisha, an Indian Dance Teacher and learning about Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by the Hindu faith. We all had lots of fun and learnt two dances: Garba and Bhangra! Check out how good the children were…


All of the children have settled well into their new Reception classes and have been very busy with their learning so far- just take a look!


We’ve also been enjoying our school dinners- yummy!