Dalton School Junior Infant And Nursery

From little acorns, mighty oaks will grow

Mayfield Avenue, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD5 9HN
Contact: Mrs H Valentine (Office Manager)

01484 538729


Reception 2022-2023


 R Stoker  - Our class teacher is called Miss Stoker.

Our teaching assistant is called Mrs Mariani.

 R Metcalfe - Our class teacher is called Mrs Metcalfe.

Our teaching assistant is called Miss Parr.

R Cruddace - Our class teacher is called Mrs Cruddace.

Our teaching assistants are called Ms Sloan and Miss Brooke

Have you downloaded the Kirklees app '50 Things To Do Before You Are 5'?To download the app, search for ’50 things before 5′ in your app store.
 50 low cost, no cost, fun ideas to carry out with your child...ENJOY!

20 books to read before you leave Early Years
Dear Zoo
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
Guess How much I Love You
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Peace At Last
Harry And The Bucketful Of Dinosaurs
Oliver’s Vegetables
Handa’s Surprise
The Gruffalo
Owl Babies
Room on the Broom
Farmer Duck
The Rainbow Fish
Jack And The Beanstalk
Goldilocks And The Three Bears
The Gingerbread Man
The Little Red Hen
There's a Monster in your Book

Reception Work

Reception Spring 1

On the 1st of February, the teachers held a Phonics and Reading meeting for parents. If you were not able to attend, here is the PowerPoint of information which we used. This would also be useful for those who did attend as a reminder and for the websites enclosed. If any parents or carers have any questions please feel free to ask.

We would like to thank all who attended.








R Stoker- Autumn Term

This half term we have been getting to know our environment, inside and out of the classroom. 


We have looked books by Julia Donaldson including Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo and Traditional stories such as The Enormous Turnip and Little Red Riding Hood. We acted out the stories as a group and enjoyed repeating some of the phrases used in the book. We are getting better at recognising rhyming words in stories and creating our own rhyming strings. 

We have seen great improvements as we have been practising our letter recognition and letter formation as part of our phonics lessons and during our learning time. 

We have practised activities learned during our maths lesson. This have helped to improve our understanding of number, shapes, size and direction. Some of us have even used skills we have learnt and created our own games.

R Metcalfe - Autumn Term

Our learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom and this half term we have enjoyed exploring both.

There have been many activities to explore to help us learn independently with lots of opportunities for mark making.

We have been busy learning our phonics and seen improvements in writing our graphemes and name with correct letter formation.

We have looked at Traditional stories and books by Julia Donaldon and have even enjoyed acting out some of our favourite stories, such as, Little Red Riding Hood.

In math's we have been practicing our repeating patterns using 2D shapes. We have also practiced math activities to support our weighing, floating and sinking, size and number.

We have enjoyed learning about nature outside and identifying mini beasts in our bug area.

Now we are preparing for Christmas and looking forward to our Christmas party.

Reception 2019-2020


R Metcalfe- Spring Term


We love to read with our friends in the reading den. Look at the fairy tale characters display.

This term we have been reading books by David McKee. We have been looking carefully at the vocabulary in the Elmer stories.

Emily our student, helps us to change our library books every week. We take them home and share them with our families.


Ian, Kate and Kevin came into school to show us how to ride balance bikes. We had lots of fun learning how to balance, glide, steer and stop safely.

Valentine’s Day

We have been making valentines biscuits with Miss Lightowlers, we have also been making cards during continuous provision.

Thank you to FODS for raising money for our classroom. Here are some of our children with some of the new things we bought. We had a vote to decide what to call the baby. We decided to call him Joey.

World Book DayE

We dressed up as our favourite characters from a book. We also had a book day disco after school to raise money for FODS.

R Stoker - Autumn Term

R Stoker adopted a tree on our school field. We studied each tree looking closely at the colours of leaves and the markings on the bark and used this in our decision to vote on which tree we would like. When we returned to class, we looked on the internet to find out the type of tree by looking at the leaf shape and colour. We found out it was a lime tree. We will return to the tree each season to see how it has changed.

Stick Man

In R Stoker we have been reading the book Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We came up with a fun and yummy way to make our own stick man .

R Stoker December

R Stoker returned to our chosen tree on the field. We noticed that all of the leaves had fallen off and talked about how we were now going into the season of Winter. 

" The leaves have all fallen off because it is Winter"- Sienna

When we talked about what they thought would happen next, Ellie said "The leaves will come back".


Cannon Hall Farm - June 2019

Reception went on their first trip to Cannon Hall in Barnsley. It was an awesome day, all the children (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed themselves looking at and learning about different farm animals. We even saw baby meerkat's (called pups) and in the reptile house we saw a large python and a colony of leaf ants walking along a rope above our heads, along with many other fascinating reptiles. 

The weather stayed good for us to eat out lunch outside, although we got a bit wind swept and the children had a great time exploring the outdoor adventure playground and the tube maze. 

World Book day in R Metcalfe

We had a great time reading books and sharing stories about our book characters. Which characters can you see?

R Metcalfe exploring the Quad

Children in RMetcalfe had lots of fun trying out our new equipment in the quad area. We have been working on our gross motor skills.

R Metcalfe homework about people who work in our community.

Images below from 2017/2018

POLICE ALERT!!!  Children in Reception were visited by Brian our local PCSO along with his police van.

Some of us dressed up as Police and we all got to look in the van, listened to the loud siren and even had a chance to be locked up in the back of the van - luckily he let us back out again!!