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Riddlesden St Mary

Welcome to Reception

We are a 60 place open plan provision based Early Years Unit. 

Meet the team

There are two classes, which are named Ducks and Swans. 

The teacher in Ducks class is Miss Watmough

The teacher in Swans class is Miss Halliday. 

Other adults in Reception are Mrs Bhardwaj, Mrs Hamid, Miss Kennedy and Mrs Ahktar.  



Class emails

Ducks/Miss Watmough:

Swans / Miss Halliday: 

Important Information


Reception will not start PE until after October half term, you will receive a letter prior to this to allow you to purchase uniform. 

PE will be on Thursdays, children should come to school in their PE kit on this day. 


Children must bring their reading folder on Thursdays. We will change their reading book, this book will then be sent home with them on a Friday. Please share this book at home with your child. As we progress throughout the year children will be learning phonics sounds, the books we send home will match the phonics sounds your child has learnt and they will be able to read the words in these books.

Children will visit the Library every Thursday and will select a book to take home with them on a Friday. Please share this book with your child, it is a chance for your child to enjoy a story being read to them and to develop a love of reading. Children may want to use the pictures to retell the story themselves. 


Children have daily phonics lessons and are introduced to letter sounds and tricky words in a sequential order. These will be sent home weekly and it is important children practise recognising and writing these letter sounds and tricky words.

Please ensure correct pronunciation when practising these sounds at home, you can use our phonics videos on the 'Reception Phonics at Home' page. 


Personal belongings

Please ensure all items of clothing are named. 

Children need to bring a named water bottle to school everyday.

The Reception Environment


Reception environment


Class Charter

The staff and children worked together to make some rules which should be followed to keep everyone happy and safe.  These are:

  • Show good sitting
  • Show good listening
  • Use kind words, hands and feet
  • Tidy up together
  • Use walking legs inside
  • Use inside voices
  • Have fun and learn!