Sidegate Primary School

Seize Opportunity, Create Success

Reception (EYFS)

Welcome to Reception (EYFS)


At Sidegate we follow the statutory Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework for pupils in the Reception Year. We aim to provide a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment where children learn through play and develop to their full potential. Through communication and interaction with parents, staff ensure that learning is personalised to each pupil. A  wide range of learning opportunities help pupils to work towards achieving the Framework’s Early Learning Goals.



Class Teachers

Class Teachers 1 Mrs Johnson - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 2 Mrs Sergeant - Honey Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 3 Mrs Page - Polar Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 4 Mrs Springfield - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher
Class Teachers 5 Mrs Foster - Grizzly Bears Class Teacher
We would like to invite our new EYFS families, starting in September 2019, to sign up to 'Meet the Teacher' during the afternoons of Thursday 5th and Friday 6th September.

These sessions are for class teachers to find out important information about your child, which will help us to ensure a very smooth start to their time here at Sidegate.

Click on the class links below to access the sign up slots. Please contact the school office if you experience any difficulty signing up.

Meet the Teacher - Grizzly Bears
Meet the Teacher - Polar Bears
Meet the Teacher - Honey Bears

Presentation for new parents - 24/25 June 2019

tig - a new app for parents with children aged 0-5.


This app has been designed specifically for parents.  It gives tips and ideas to help you engage with your child/children.  It is funded by the Ipswich Opportunity Fund.  Just type in: tig app into the app store and you will be able to access it.  It is free for all Ipswich parents.  It asks a few questions to begin with, but once you are in it will send you two tips a week.  Let us know how you get on.  All feedback will be passed onto the app designers.

3rd July 2019


This week the children have been preparing for our School's Sport's Day Wednesday 10th July).  Please remember to come into school wearing t shirt (of the team's colour), shorts and trainers.  We look forward to seeing you all.  The Parent's Share is Monday 8th July 2-3 pm.  The children are looking forward to sharing their learning with you.  This will be the last homework of the year.  We will be passing the homework books/reading diaries up to Year 1.  


We will be sending home  a list of phonemes and tricky words that your child will need to know before they go up to Year 1.  Please support your child by learning these throughout the summer.  


We were very proud of how the young children performed at the Arts Festival last week.  They are exhausted and quite teary so please be patient with them.  


As the weather warms up (fingers crossed) please send in a water bottle, hat and sun cream to ensure they are protected from the heat and sun's rays.

Please click here to: Helping your child to segment and blend.






I have spoken to ILD and they have said that if you use the app you will need to update your pin every month.


Kind regards Madeline Johnson

Reading Challenge


Congratulations to those children who have already read 25 books.  A wonderful achievement.  Come on everyone, get smart and dive into a book!

Things our families say about us.


"Thank you all so very much for helping .... through Reception.  He has enjoyed everyday and can't wait to start Year 1".


"Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough report.  We remain delighted with ..... progress and the care and attention shown by all the staff!"


"A lovely report to read, thank you for giving the time it must have taken.  I will treasure this forever."


"Reading ..... report through happy tears.  So delighted how well he has settled at Sidegate."

Phonic Share October 2018

Home Learning Expectations and Information


Your child has been given a reading book, Reading/Home Challenge Book and a Phonic Book.  Please ensure they come in to school everyday.  

  • Reading books will be changed once a week.
  • Please hear your child read for 5 minutes every day.
  • Homework will be marked once a week on a Tuesday and new homework will be sent home on a Wednesday. 
  • Phase 3 Phonic Books will come home every day.  Please share the sound with your child.  Remember they are the experts and will support you with the correct pronunciation.
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