The Dial Park Early Years team have developed The Best Balance Approach which takes the best practise and pedagogy from leading experts from the past and present to provide the best learning experiences and opportunities for our children. We strive to create “awe and wonder” through providing rich and meaningful learning experiences in a warm and inviting setting.
The Curiosity Approach and Hygge in the Early Years influence the team greatly in the stimulating environments we provide. Inspirational is what we aspire to be for the children, for ourselves and for other settings. Our inclusive environment and unique child approach mean that all children achieve and make fantastic progress in their crucial first years in education.
One of the super outdoor areas that our Reception children have access to everyday. We have great fun learning outside
8.50am - 3.05pm Monday to Friday
We have a breakfast club available from 8am - 8.50am
Please contact us for more information.
Every week the Reception children have either a morning or an afternoon out at Forest school. Hayley and Andy our forest school practitioners lead the sessions. The children cook on an open fire at least once a term which they find very exciting!
Mrs Scott started at Dial Park as a Midday Assistant and she started to volunteer within the classroom. We noticed then that Mrs Scott was naturally talented at supporting the children. She then began a post as a 1-1 support for a child with SEND for the last 4 years. Mrs Scott has worked extremely hard and through dedication and motivation she has now taken on the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Mrs Scott has three children and enjoys attending football sessions with her boys.
Miss Commins started her teaching assistant career by volunteering at her children's school for a year. She has been a member of the Dial Park team since January. Miss Commins is very committed and has taken the Hygge in the Early Years training and the Tales Toolkit training since starting with us. Miss Commins is very enthusiastic and dedicated to the children and she is fantastically creative and does the best Tales Toolkit stories.
Miss Streets has been teaching for 6 years as an early years teacher with BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies, she has since gone on to do a PGCE in Primary Education. In previous roles Miss Streets has been a Nursery Manager, Teacher and Designated Safe Guarding Lead. She has also worked with Cheshire Council to support other settings on improving their provision. Miss Streets has a little boy and enjoys going to the gym to keep fit!
Mrs Beecham has been teaching for 11 years, BA Hons in Primary Education specialising in Early Years. Previous experience of working in Year 2, Year 1, Reception and Nursery. Mrs Beecham has been KS1, P.E, Curriculum and Phonics lead. Currently, she is leading the Early Years team and also Phonics at Dial Park. She has two daughters and loves horses!
Mrs Brady has been teaching for 29 years mostly in Early Years and also KS1. Mrs Brady is a flexible part time member of the team and does one day in Nursery, one day in Reception and one day in Year 2/1. She is the music coordinator for the whole school and delivers music to Reception on her day with us. Outside of school Mrs Brady likes running, spending time with her family and being outdoors.
The children will learn how to read and write in Reception they take on board a lot of information very quickly! The children start on Phase 1 in Nursery which is listening skills, rhyming and isolating sounds verbally.
In Reception, as soon as the children have completed their settling in visits we will begin Phase 2 which is mainly the alphabet. They will begin to receive key words and reading books to practise the new skills they are learning in school, these will only include the sounds they have learnt.
Once Phase 2 is completed usually around Christmas time they will begin Phase 3 which sees them learning digraphs and trigraphs which are two or three letters that make one sound, e.g. sh, air.
Whilst in lockdown the Early Years team made a Phase 3 phonics video for the children to help them remember their sounds and make them laugh a little in the process! (See Below)
The children move through the phases at their own pace so if they come to school already knowing Phase 2 then we have Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5 and Phase 6 to learn! The learning never stops and each child learns differently and at differing paces. We will teach at the speed your child is comfortable with.
Some photos of our class
Parents are a child's first and most important teacher.
Around the beginning of the year in Reception we have a meeting with parents to talk about how they can help their child make the most of their Reception year. The attached slides are an example of the kinds of information we talk about with parents. This is also an opportunity for parents to ask questions and check anything they are not sure about. Phonics is a whole new world to most parents as they didn't learn to read using phonics so this can be quite a challenge at first! The Early Years is definitely a team effort.
Theo loves coming to school everyday to see his teachers and friends he’s come on so much in the past few months of starting reception he literally doesn’t shut up telling us what he has been up to at school or singing different songs he’s currently still singing Knick knack on my shoe 🤦♀️ he loves learning new phonics and all the different sounds me and dad learn something new everyday from him lol it’s lovely to see and know that he has a great set of teachers with him everyday that he comes to school thank you all x
Brooke really enjoys school and is really enjoying her learning, she also loves to learn new things and is always pointing out her letters and sounds when she see them and she also loves to sing the songs you learn all the time, which is loverly to see, she has really come out of her shell and she loves all her friends and the teachers, thankyou for all your help and support with her learning and more 🥰
Hattie absolutely loves coming to school. She has lots of fun with her friends and feels cared for. Hattie always tells me what she has learnt and really enjoys singing, dancing and her phonic work. I feel lucky as a Parent that the staff are so kind and always seem to go the extra mile for the well being of the children. My 2 older daughters remember their time in Reception very fondly, which is a huge compliment! Thank you for everything that you do, it does not go unnoticed.