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Galley Hill Primary School, Hemel Hempstead. Galley Hill rated GOOD by Ofsted. Value of the Month - COURAGE


Welcome to Reception


Ms Handel and Miss Edmonds

Ms Prince, Mrs Smyth, and Mrs Swaine


A huge welcome to all of the new Reception children. It has been lovely to welcome you all into our school so that you can begin your Galley Hill adventure.


Last week and this week are mainly about allowing the children to settle into the setting and build new friendships as this is very important for their development. It has been lovely to see them enjoying our new classrooms whilst making new friends.

We have been learning all about the rules and routines around our classrooms, school and on the playground. In groups we discussed the rules that we should have displayed within our classroom to keep everyone safe and happy. The children also talked about our Three Galley Hill expectations: Be safe, Be your best, Be respectful. This seems to be really paying off as our ‘Beehives’ charts are full of bees and that is what we like to see. Lots of stickers were given out to the children as well. Well done everyone.


Also this week we have been looking at the ‘Owl babies story’ that helps them to settle and to understand that the grown-ups will be back to pick them up at the end of the school day, just like the Mother Owl did.


We now have staggered starting and finishing times within EYFS to ease the congestion within KS1 playground. The times from Monday (14th September) are as follows:


Turquoise team

Start at 8.45 am

Finish at 3.05 pm


Garnet team

Start at 8.55 am

Finish at 3.15 pm


Can you please make sure that all items of clothing and water bottles etc are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Reception Teams



Galley Hill Expectations

In our Foundation Unit we have Reception, and Nursery.


All children have the use of a large well resourced setting which includes 2 outside areas, one of which is covered.

The times of the sessions are as follows-:

Reception  8.50 – 3.10 pm

Morning Nursery  8.30 – 11.30 am

Afternoon Nursery 12.30 - 3.30 pm

30 hour funded pupils 8.30am-2.30pm. The additional hour from 2.30pm-3.30pm at £4 per hour.


The Foundation Unit is staffed by Teachers, Early Years Practitioners and Teaching Assistants. All of our staff are happy to help parents at any time.


What is the Foundation Stage Unit?
The Foundation Stage Unit is a learning environment for children who are in the Foundation Stage phase of their education which is between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
The Foundation Stage is a distinct stage which is important in its own right and we believe it is crucial in preparing children for later schooling.
The Foundation Stage Unit includes children from the September after their third birthday until the end of their Reception Year. We recognise it as a crucial in education, both in its own right and in preparing children for learning in Key Stage one. We believe that all children should be given the best possible start to their education. Great value is placed on the quality of our provision in the Foundation Stage by providing all of the children with stimulating activities that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. It is recognised that when children join us, they will already have had a range of experiences and they will also have a range of skills and interests; therefore the curriculum is carefully planned so that their learning is always moving forward.

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