Reception

The Reception Team!

Miss McKenna and Mrs Guyatt are the Reception Class Teachers.

Miss McKenna teaches Reception Yellow and Mrs Guyatt teaches Reception Blue. 

Mrs Fysh, Mrs Antliff, Mrs Belcher, Miss Broadhurst, Mrs Carter and Miss Cooper are the Reception Class Learning Support Assistants. 


Starting Reception at St Martha’s:

In Reception we truly believe in the importance of parents as the first educators of their children! Throughout the year in Reception we will work closely with parents to ensure that their child’s/children’s needs are met! 

We will invite you for a 'family fun session' in the first half term and for ‘stay and play’ sessions throughout the year, you will also be invited to come and have a look at your child’s Learning Journey and you will have the opportunity to see your child in many class assemblies and even a Christmas Nativity! 

Miss McKenna and Mrs Guyatt (the Reception class teachers) are always available for a chat from before your child even starts with us, all the way through to the end of the Reception year!

The importance of play!

At St Martha’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that play underpins all learning and development for young children. Most children play spontaneously although some may need adult support. It is through play that children develop intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. By providing well planned experiences based on children’s spontaneous play, both indoors and outside we support our children to learn with enjoyment and challenge. They have the opportunity to think creatively alongside and with other children and adults as well as on their own. They communicate with others as they investigate and solve problems.

Please don’t expect too much of me,
I’m learning more than you can see,
Simply being here to enjoy and play.
Means more to me than words can say.
Please don’t fret at the end of the day,
If I have nothing to display.

I really gain so much from play,
Social skills and come what may,
So when I come home empty handed
From such a very busy play
Please don’t say…
“Haven’t you done anything today?”

In Reception we do our learning through play, in both our indoor and outdoor areas. We value our indoor and outdoor learning areas equally, and  for that reason, children have the opportunity to access both the indoor and outdoor areas 'free-flow'.

The Reception Team set up some fantastic and exciting learning and development opportunities in the indoor/outdoor environments that help us to develop our learning further, in a fun play-based environment.


If you would like anymore information please feel free to have a chat with us!

Miss McKenna and Mrs Guyatt