Hi! I am Mrs Down, the Apples class teacher.

Cath Down Reception

I have been teaching at North Rigton for over 11 years and so it is with great pride I can say I have taught nearly every child in the school.

Miss Bayman

I am the Reception TA – I support Mrs Down in every single aspect of teaching, learning and caring for our little ones.

Faye Bayman – Reception TA


Hi! I am Mrs Mitchell, the class teacher for PPA.

I take the class on Thursday mornings when Mrs Down is planning and preparing.

Shelley Mitchell – Teacher

Learning in Reception

Reception provides a stepping stone between nursery and the main school curriculum. I am passionate about developing children into independent and curious learners ready for the challenges of school. Each area of my indoor and outdoor classroom has been carefully developed to provide a stimulating and challenging environment which is practical, fun and play based. Children are encouraged to access resources independently and develop skills in creative and problem solving activities. Our small group size means that I can tailor my planning to each individual child, ensuring that all flourish, whatever their needs or interests. We have half termly topics as a starting point but the children are fully involved in planning and leading their own learning.

Our warm and welcoming school ensures that the children are confident and happy. Reception children thrive on interactions with older groups and collaborative activities, particularly with the Pears class. I pride myself on pupils who burst into the classroom each morning full of energy and ready to engage in every aspect of school life.

Click on the link below to see our planned project for this term:

summer 2021


Below are some of our past projects:


we are artists

Autumn 2019


spring 2020


summer 2020


Click on the link below to see the yearly overview for our key teaching areas



Useful information

  • *please note for the Summer 2021 term PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday* – please ensure PE kit is worn to school for these days.
  • Reading books will be sent home on Monday and returned on Friday for quarantine.
  • Water bottles will be sent home on daily for a good wash. Please ensure they are returned the following day.
  • We have access to the outdoor classroom whatever the weather so please ensure your child has a warm coat. Wellies and waterproof trousers are kept in school for particularly bad days or messy play!

Useful documents

Building Blocks of Reading Writing

Building blocks of writing development2

A4 EYFS prime areas

A4 EYFS specific areas