Cradle Hill Community Primary School

Welcome to Reception!


Reception are taught by:

Miss Parks (Class Teacher of Shrimps and EYFS Lead)

 Mrs Howell (Class Teacher of Neons) 

 Mrs Budd (Class Teacher of Oysters) 

 And supported by

Mrs Duncan, Mrs Oldham, Mrs Brown, Mrs Parsons, Miss Curl and Miss Hanks


Please feel free to contact us with any queries you may have. We find emailing the most efficient way.


Term One: This is Me!

We are so proud of how well the children have settled into their new Reception classes and just know we are going to have a brilliant year with them!
Our focus for the first term is to ensure the children are happy and settled at school and that they feel excited and motivated to learn.  It has been wonderful to find out all about the children's interests, families and likes and we have loved sharing their 'marvelous me' boxes with the class. 

Term Two: Awesome Autumn

This term the children wil be exploring the weather and the changes we observe in nature. We will be looking at seasonal stories and poetry and creating Autumn inspired art work. Over the term, we will also learn about different celbrations, such as Diwali, Bonfire night and Christmas to help the children further understand the world and community around them. We will also look forward to inviting parents into school to watch our children perform the Chritmas Nativity!

Parent Booklets 

Reception Parent Booklet Autumn Term

Reception Parent Booklet Spring Term

Supporting your Reception Child with Literacy

Please take time to watch the 12 minute video below of Miss Parks and Mrs Mottram explaining what we do in school and how you can help your child at home.



Please follow this link to view the 'nip, flip, grip' pencil grip method:

Nip, Flip, Grip


Phonics in Reception:
Sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1

Click here to watch the sounds taught in Reception Autumn 1


Sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2

Click here to watch the sounds taught in Reception Autumn 2


Sounds taught in Reception Spring 1

Click her to watch the sounds taught in Reception Spring 


How we teach blending

Click here to watch the blending video


How we teach tricky words

Click here to watch the tricky words video


For more information on how we teach phonics and how you can help your child please visit;

Parent Booklets

Please see here for the Parent Booklet Autumn 2023

You can find more information about our full Reception Curriculum by clicking the link below:

The Reception Curriculum


Story Time

We love books and read every day. Listen to the Reception teachers read their favourite stories below:

Shrimp Class - Miss Parks




Neon Class - Mrs Mottram





Oyster Class - Mrs Budd




 50 things to do Before You're 5:

Visit the website or app for ideas of fun activities to do with your little ones! We would love it if you could document any of the activities you do to share with us via Tapestry.


School Uniform

We believe that having our own school uniform gives the school an identity and encourages the children to take pride in both their appearance and their school. The school colours are royal blue, grey and white and a full list is shown below:


Grey or black tailored trousers (not jeans or fashion trousers)

Grey tunic or skirt of an appropriate length

White shirt or white blouse

White polo shirt

White socks/black or grey tights

Royal blue and white check dress (for summer)

Royal blue pullover, cardigan, sweatshirt (crew or “V” neck) or fleece (with school emblem where possible)

Sensible well-fitting shoes (with backs or low heels) or summer sandals (no flip flop style shoes)

 All items with our school logo are available from My Clothing uniform service ( or Intersport in Seaford Town.

PE Kit

Plain white PE top

Royal blue shorts

Plimsolls - slip on or lace up