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Primary School


Class teachers Mrs Oddy - Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri

Miss Hemingway- Weds

Mrs Hemingway Full time nursery nurse                          

Mrs Oddy has been teaching since 1997 from Nursery aged children up to Year 2. Before that she worked as a voluntary instructor in Outdoor Education centres in the Dales and the Lake District with children aged 11-18. Her hobbies therefore include climbing, hill walking, skiing, diving and paragliding. She also had a gap year in 2000 travelling round the world. 

Mrs Oddy and Mrs Hemmingway say their classroom has been designed to inspire, to create excitement, to aid learning, to help the children become independent.  To be interactive and engage children natural inquisitive minds. The outdoor classroom includes opportunities in engaging with nature and to carry on the continuous curriculum outside.

We are a highly motivated, caring, enthusiastic team with high expectations of our children. We aim to build excellent foundations for the children,  scaffolding their learning to prepare them for their time in Netherthong Primary School and beyond.


Reception Topics 2021 / 2022

Autumn 1 Getting to Know Me

Autumn 2 People Who Help Us

Spring   1 Traditional Tales and Nursery Rhymes & Cultural                 Festivals

Spring   2 Fantasy Stories and Space

Summer 1 Growing and Healthy Lifestyles

Summer 2 Explorers in the Environment


Our class trip during the Summer Term

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield


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To nurture and enrich each child’s Reception year experience.

To guide, teach, motivate and encourage them through creative learning experiences to reach as many ELG as possible.

Through playful experiences in a safe, secure, sensitive and caring and setting.




Pedagogy (How)

Curriculum (What)

Loving and caring

Learning through play

Understanding how children develop and learn

(Theories and approaches)

Structured Phonics scheme

Structured maths teaching

Opportunities for child lead learning

Skills progression

Observations and assessments

Forest school

Parental contributions

The child – their stages of development and interests

Covering the 7 educational programmes EYFS

Working in their characteristics of effective learning

Annual themes/ topics (seasons/culture/special days/child interest)

Long Term Planning linked to Development Matters statements to work with implementing coverage  


To develop happy, kind, confident, all-round children who are ready to move onto the next part of their learning journey with a love of learning, discovery and wonder.