“We were really apprehensive about our son starting in Reception, he seemed far too young and little to be going to school. However, we needn’t have worried, he settled in really well and he went into school every day happy and without a backwards glance.
The facilities in Dunmow St Mary’s Reception are amazing from the fantastic outside space where playing and learning take place; to Bug Club; and the Tapestry Learning Journal. Tapestry is an amazing tool used in Reception were regular updates and photos of the activities your child takes part in are shared so you can see what your child’s doing during the school day. This was a big help to us especially as we didn’t drop off and pick up every day, so we missed that contact with the class teacher.
The few concerns we had with our son was addressed quickly which gave us the confidence that he was being well cared for. The teaching staff at Dunmow St Mary’s are always happy to meet with you to discuss anything.
The opportunities and experiences our son was given during his time in Reception were wonderful and included class trips, Forest School, Christmas performances and assemblies. He was also encouraged to continue with his love of making things and came home most days with something he made. This is all outside the every day learning of maths and phonics. We have been really impressed with the level of these skills our son had developed during his time in Reception and is continuing to be built upon in Year 1.”