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


Welcome to Reception Class 2022-2023


GARNET TEAM: Ms Handel (Teacher) and Mrs Smyth (EYP)

TURQUOISE TEAM: Miss Irish (Teacher), Mrs Prince (EYP) and Miss Stanbridge (SEN TA)

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


The next two weeks are mainly about allowing the children to settle into their classrooms and build new friendships as this is very important for their development. It has been lovely to see them exploring our new classrooms and outside areas whilst making new friends.

We will be learning all about the rules and routines around our classrooms, school and on the playground. In groups we will discuss the rules that will be displayed in our classroom to keep everyone safe and happy. The children also will talk about our Three Galley Hill expectations: Be safe, Be your best, Be respectful. Hopefully our ‘Beehives’ charts will be full of bees. 

We will be looking at the following stories 'What Makes Me a Me?', 'Super Duper You', 'The Perfect Fit'. Each are available to read on YouTube also if you would like to read along at home.


We hope that your children enjoy their first two weeks at school and we are here to support if you need us!


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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