Hi! I am Mrs Down, the Apples class teacher.

Cath Down Reception

I have been teaching at North Rigton for over 11 years and so it is with great pride I can say I have taught nearly every child in the school.

Miss Bayman

I am the Reception TA – I support Mrs Down in every single aspect of teaching, learning and caring for our little ones.

Faye Bayman – Reception TA


Hi! I am Mrs Hudson, the class HLTA.

I take the class on Thursday afternoons when Mrs Down is planning and preparing. I am also proud to say I have worked at the school for even longer than Mrs Down!

Linda Hudson HLTA

Take a look at the amazing things we got up to when learning from home during the COVID-19 lockdown:

Home Learning Achievements Grid 1 Apples Class

Home Learning Achievements Grid 2 Apples Class

Eggcellent Entertainers

Apples Achievements 3d f2

Apples Achievements 3d f1

Apples Achievements 3C f

Apples Achievements 3B f

Apples Achievements 3A f

Apples Achievements 4

Useful Resources:

letter formation



number formation


phase 2 phonics pack  (Letters and Sounds phonic lessons)


New Starters Guidance:

Please see the letter below for more information if your child is starting in Apples Class in September:

New starters information


Learning in Reception:

Reception provides a stepping stone between nursery and the main school curriculum. I am passionate about developing children into independent and curious learners ready for the challenges of school. Each area of my indoor and outdoor classroom has been carefully developed to provide a stimulating and challenging environment which is practical, fun and play based. Children are encouraged to access resources independently and develop skills in creative and problem solving activities. Our small group size means that I can tailor my planning to each individual child, ensuring that all flourish, whatever their needs or interests. We have half termly topics as a starting point but the children are fully involved in planning and leading their own learning.

Our warm and welcoming school ensures that the children are confident and happy. Reception children thrive on interactions with older groups and collaborative activities, particularly with the Pears class. I pride myself on pupils who burst into the classroom each morning full of energy and ready to engage in every aspect of school life.

Click on the link below to see our planned project for this term

summer 2020





Click on the link below to see the yearly overview for our key teaching areas



Useful Information:

  • *Please note for the Autumn 2020 term PE will be on a Monday and Wednesday* – please ensure children arrive in school wearing PE kits on these days.
  • Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday. If you would like additional changes please pop the home link book in the basket by the cloakroom in the morning.
  • Water bottles will be sent home daily for a good wash. Please ensure they are returned on the following day and are filled with water (not juice please).
  • We have access to the outdoor classroom whatever the weather so please ensure your child has a warm coat. Wellies and waterproof trousers are kept in school for particularly bad days or messy play!

Useful documents:

Building Blocks of Reading Writing

Building blocks of writing development2

A4 EYFS prime areas

A4 EYFS specific area