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Priestmead Primary School & Nursery

Moving Onwards and Upwards Together

Early Phase

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Our Early Phase consists of:

NURSERY (3/4 year olds), RECEPTION (4/5 year olds) and YEAR 1 (5/6 year olds)  

We see these years as essential to a child's early development.  Making the transition from learning through play to learning through exploration and inquisitiveness enables them to be successful learners moving into Middle Phase.  We put a strong focus on Phonics as we want all our children to have secure phonic skills by the end of Year 1 and a passion for reading - if they can read, they access the curriculum and the world! 


The Nursery Team are:


Miss Hockett(Year Team Leader), Mrs Merrison, Mrs Swinton & Mrs Da Silva

Nursery hours are:

8.40am-11.40am SUN Class

12.40pm-3.40pm MOON class


The Reception Team are:


Mr Bottle & Mrs Sheanon


Miss Dobbelaar (Interim Year Team Leader) & Mrs Sheel


Miss Malek & Mrs Mehta


Miss Clisham & Mrs Patel

Reception hours are:

8.40am Be in the playground

8.50am Registration

11.30am Lunch

3.15pm End of day

Year 1

The Y1 Team are:


Mr Patel (Year Team Leader) & Miss Lea


Miss Rhodes & Mrs Patel


Miss Green & Mrs Redpath


Mr Pacheco & Mrs Davies & Mrs Da Silva

 Y1 hours are:

8.40am Be in the playground

8.50am Registration

11.45am Lunch

3.15pm End of day

Who else teaches in Early Phase?

The Early Phase Team are also well supported by Mrs Scarlet (HLTA), Mrs Lloyd (Phonics Specialist) and Mrs Bhanot (Resources Assistant). Mrs M Patel is the Senior Teaching Assistant who provides additional support and interventions across the phase. Mrs Best (Deputy Headteacher) works with the Year Team Leaders. Mr English teaches PE, Mrs Bonilla teaches Spanish and Ms Green teaches music. Mrs Billington (Learning Mentor) works with children to develop social confidence and support any emotional needs. Please email any queries for teachers to office@priestmead.harrow.sch.uk


The Early Years Curriculum aims to create a love of learning through exploration, creativity and to develop inquisitiveness, whilst teaching and developing core skills of reading, writing and maths.  We believe happy, confident children will go on to be successful learners so our approach throughout Nursery and Reception is on developing independence, setting high expectations and challenging children, whilst having fun and developing a passion to learn about the world around us!

Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics

Read Write Inc is our integrated phonics approach which develops children's confidence in reading, decoding, sounding out and blending to enable them to become great readers.  It encourages both creativity but with a consistent approach so as children accelerate through groups, they continue to make progress.  We split Reception and Year 1 into 10 smaller groups from the four classes to enable children to make rapid progress.  Children sit a Phonics Screening exercise in June.  Any children requiring further support by the end of Year 1 will receive it in Y2.


Forest Schools

A big focus in Early Phase is linked to FOREST SCHOOLS.  We are developing our own Forest School on site and over the coming years are looking to develop our own farm and vegetable growing section.  Mrs Gibson and Miss Marshall lead this for us.

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