Reception

Children age 4 and 5 complete the Early Years Foundation Stage in School

Ladybirds

Our youngest children are housed in a large purpose built space in the 2017 extension, including an outdoor classroom with facilities for up to 45 children. The teaching team is led by Mrs Karen Cotton.

The Early Years Curriculum for the Foundation Stage in our reception class is Foundation Stage 2, the end of an early years provision that for most children will have started in nursery, play group or with a registered childminder. The team meet with childcare providers throughout the year and in the Summer term to ensure effective transfer of information and assessments from children's first educational settings.

Children are taught the EYFS curriculum, aiming to achieve 13 Early Learning Goals (ELG) at the end of the academic year. All areas of learning are considered equally important in the early years. If children have achieved the ELG in the first 11 areas they are considered to have achieved a 'good level of development' for their age and be able to make a smooth transition to Key Stage 1 without additional support. Further information can be found in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document

Assessment in the EYFS is part of teachers' daily teaching to which parents and carers contribute through Tapestry, an online platform. This means that things children show at home but not yet in school, can be included in their profile.

Glynnis Burgoine

BA (Hons) Social Psychology, TQUK Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (level 3)

Mrs Burgoine works as a teaching assistant in Ladybirds supporting learning and teaching for your youngest children. Glynnis has two children, one attending Kingsmead.

Laura Cottam

BEd (Hons) with Modern Languages

Mrs Cottam works as a teaching assistant in class Monday-Wednesday and on Thursday and Friday is Sarah Peacock's job share teacher. Laura worked as a teacher in Key Stage 2 before joining our EYFS team - the youngest children are her real passion.

Karen Cotton

BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Mathematics, Outdoor Learning Practitioner (level 2)

Mrs Cotton is the full time teacher and team leader for the forty five children and staff in the Reception phase. She takes responsibility for parent partnership and family engagement and this year has brought 1-2-3 Magic Parenting sessions into school will her colleague Emma Wood.

Mrs Cotton has taught throughout the primary phase and worked as a leading Mathematics teacher for Cheshire.

Emma Lishman

NVQ Supporting Learning and Teaching (level 2)

Mrs Lishman also works as a mid-day assistant in school. Emma has been a welcome addition to the teaching team this September and has a particular interest in supporting children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Sarah Peacock

BSocSci (Hons) Sociology, PGCE Primary

Mrs Peacock has worked in Lower Key Stage 2 and was one of our year 6 teachers before taking the plunge and moving to Early Years in 2015. She job-shares her teaching role in class with Laura Cottam as well as leading English throughout the school. Sarah co-led the Global Learning Programme where the school was a designated expert centre. She has one child at Kingsmead and an older daughter at Leftwich High School.

Chloe Thorne

Childcare, Learning and Development (level 3)

Miss Thorne has worked as a TA in a primary school and Nursery assistant before coming to Kingsmead where she also supports children at lunchtime. Chloe has additional responsibilities for DSEN in EYFS and has experience with a range of conditions including Autistic Spectrum. She has one daughter.