Reception Class Mrs Ellis-Stansfield

                                             Welcome to Reception!                                           

Welcome to our new Reception class and their families! 

My name is Mrs Ellis-Stansfield (Mrs E-S for short) and I will be your child’s teacher for the rest of the academic year.  I have two children of my own, Annabelle and Arthur (Artie) and my hobbies are reading, baking and getting creative with my children.

I have a real passion for the Early Years and have previously been EYFS Lead at school, when we received our outstanding Ofsted inspection a few years ago. My other major role in school is the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and I am a Senior Leader in Education for PSHE across the Aspire Trust.


We have lots of wonderful adults working in EYFS for the rest of the year. Mrs Tilbury will be teaching in our class on a Monday and Tuesday morning and we have an Associate Teacher, Miss Glendining, who is completing her teacher training through the Aspire Education Trust and will be working in EYFS until the end of June. Mr Strauss will be supporting pupils in Early Years as our classroom assistant.

Spring Term 

Our topic for this term will be 'Our Natural World - Animals and their Habitats'. We will be exploring the wonderful animals that walk this earth and understanding more about where they call home. As part of Understanding the World (UTW), we will be exploring the changing seasons and comparing our lives with people from different cultures. 

In Phonics, we will continue to learn Phase 2 and Phase 3 digraphs, and how to segment and blend sounds to read new words. In English, we will be reading a range of high quality texts such as The Hungry Caterpillar, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Where the Wild Things Are. The children will learn to orally retell the stories, describe characters, add labels and captions and begin to write simple sentences, using a capital letter and full stop. 

In Maths this term, our units of learning will be:

  • Introducing zero
  • Composition and comparing numbers 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Comparing mass, capacity, length and height

General Reminders: 

  • P.E is on Monday and Friday, children can come to school wearing their P.E kit. 
  • Reading books will be changed weekly on a Monday/Tuesday. Your child will have a phonics book to read as well as a R4P book to share and enjoy. 
  • Your child will have weekly homework sent home on a Friday. This may be flashcards linked to Phonics or number work in Maths.  
  • Please can children bring in their water bottles with their names clearly labelled on them, these can stay in school for the week and go home on Fridays. 
  • Please can children bring their wellies into school, as while the weather is cold and wet, we can still get outside and explore the school grounds. 

I am looking forward to a great Spring term with lots of fun! 

Mrs Ellis-Stansfield :)