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Welcome to our Reception page

After meeting the children during our stay and play sessions and home visits, we welcome the children into their new classes. During the first half-term the children settle into their new classrooms, making new friends and learning the routines of school life. The children play, explore and learn in stimulating indoors and outdoors environments. Every week, each class swims in two smaller groups from the beginning of the autumn term. Additionally, every three weeks each reception class spends a whole day in our wildlife area finding out about the natural world and taking part in many exciting learning opportunities.

At Hamstel we use fun and exciting topics to engage and hook the children into their learning, the year is split into 6 key themes and each week begins with a key book chosen to match our topic. The play based and adult led learning opportunities available to the children are based upon our themes.

Once the children are settled we start our daily RWInc sessions, where we teach the children the sounds that each letter makes. We also start daily maths sessions including short maths meetings, during these sessions we teach basic number concepts such as reading and writing numbers, counting and finding one more and one less. We use lots of songs and games to make maths fun and exciting for the children to learn.

During the spring and summer terms the children continue to have the opportunity to learn through play as well as taking part in adult-led reading, writing and maths activities. Whole class teaching sessions continue for literacy and maths on a daily basis as well as our daily RWInc session.

Meet the Team


Mrs V. Bryant

Early Years Leader

Kingfisher Class Teacher

Early Years Phonics Co-ordinator

Mrs A. Snashall

Peacock Class Teacher


Miss Golding & Mrs Bird

Swan Class Teacher

Mrs Ali

Woodpecker Class Teacher

Miss O'Connor

Owl Class Teacher

Monday - 10.45 - 11.25am - Peacock

Tuesday - 10.45 - 11.25am - Kingfisher

Tuesday - 11.25 - 12.05pm - Owl

Wednesday - 10.45 - 11.25am - Swan

Wednesday - 11.25 - 12.05pm - Woodpecker

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Dates for the Diary

Outdoor Learning

Monday 23rd September - Kingfisher

Tuesday 24th September- Woodpecker

Wednesday 25th September - Owl

Thursday 26th September - Peacock

Friday 27th September - Swan

Monday 14th October - Kingfisher

Tuesday 15th October - Woodpecker

Wednesday 16th October - Owl

Thursday 17th October - Peacock

Friday 18th October - Swan

Monday 11th November - Kingfisher

Tuesday 12th November - Woodpecker

Wednesday 13th November - Owl

Thursday 14th November - Peacock

Friday 15th November - Swan

Tel: 01702 468461  / office@hamstel-inf.southend.sch.uk   /  Hamstel Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4PQ

                  Part of the Portico Academy Trust - opening doors, unlocking potential - www.porticoacademytrust.co.uk

                  Portico House, 59 Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 2JB - 01702 987890

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