Radipole Primary School

Happy, kind and brave.

Together we learn, together we grow, together we soar.



Welcome to Reception


Welcome to Reception at Radipole Primary School. This is your child’s first step in starting their school journey. We aim to create a happy and secure environment that enables all children to reach their full potential, all through exciting play based activities.


Our approach to education is to allow children to learn through practical, hands on experiences.  We create stimulating environments – both indoor, outdoor and also regular visits to our Nature Reserve. Through ongoing interaction with their peers, the environment and even the wider world, they are challenged and supported to develop prime skills such as Communication and Language, Physical development and Personal, Social, Emotional Development.


These prime skills are then integrated within specific key areas of learning, such as Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive arts and design. Exciting topics have included; ‘Trips to Outer Space, ‘How to keep a dinosaur healthy?’, and ‘What makes a perfect pirate?’.


We strive to provide strong communication links between home and school life, in order to create a successful transition into a new beginning. Our weekly updates on class Dojo allow you to see your child's journey through the Early Years Curriculum.  In addition, class dojo allows the children to embed lifelong characteristics such as perseverance and collaboration (learning dinosaurs).


We have a very clear vision set out in our 'Curriculum Goals' and high expectations for what we expect the children to achieve.


Mrs Mullins, Miss Hardy, Mrs McCarthy, Miss Hallam & Mrs Bartlett all make up our friendly Reception team. We are always available to help.


Reception Teaching Team


    Mrs Helen Mullins
    Miss Sophie Hardy
    Mrs Sophie McCarthy - TA
    Mrs Lynne Bartlett - TA

    Ms Nikki Hallam - TA


      Phonics and Reading - Little Wandle


      Phonics is an essential tool in teaching children to read. Here at Radipole we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.  You can read more about the Little Wandle here.

      Here are some online documents about the curriculum:




      Topics we will be covering:


      Autumn Term





      Spring Term

      Healthy Bodies and Dinosaurs

      Around the World

      When I grow up



      Summer Term



      Under the Sea

      Reception Links

      Useful Information