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New Starters in EYFS

Welcome to all our new starters, beginning school in September 2021! We can't wait to meet you. As things are a little different right now this page has been created especially to help you settle in. Over the next term we will be adding photos, videos and information all about starting at school. It would also be lovely to meet you and see what you have been doing at home and pre-school. You can send your photos to

Head Teacher Welcome

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Class Teachers
My name is Sarah Taylor and I work in Maple Class on Mondays and Tuesdays.

I have worked in Early Years for nearly 20 years and have enjoyed every single day as no two days are the same! I have been lucky enough to have worked at Crudwell School for 8 years and being part of such an amazing school and community is a real honour. 

We are very proud of Early Years setting and are currently working towards an Investors in People award to celebrate all the amazing things we do. 

It will be a pleasure to welcome your child to our setting and we know they will be part of a very caring school community.

Hello, my name is Lisa Witchell, I’m the other half of the Reception Team, working Wednesday-Friday. I've been teaching now for 19 years, with my degree specialism being in Early Years. I have been at Crudwell now for 13 of those and during this time I have been a class teacher, mostly spending my time with the younger children between Reception and Year 3, plus as a specialist PE teacher covering all year groups. 

I'm looking forward to coming back into the Early Years classroom and to teach alongside Mrs Taylor, where I'm sure your child(ren) will very much love their new school and classroom, as much as we all do.

Read Write Inc


Read Write Inc. Phonics is a programme that uses systematic phonics to teach all children to read.  The daily programme is started in reception and most children follow the scheme for two years.  First, the sounds are taught in a specific order as the English language is very complex.  Phonics is the method of teaching reading through the identification of sounds and graphemes.   All words are made up of phonemes, also called sounds e.g. in ‘mat’ we have the sounds ‘m’, ‘a’, ‘t’.  A grapheme is another name for the letters we use to write the sound.


When teaching the sounds, the children have the opportunity to say the sound, read the sound as well as write the sound within the same lesson.  We teach phonics so that your children will have the tools to read any word.  First, they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.  The children then move onto reading words in the Ditties and Storybooks.  Each Storybook is carefully matched to the sounds they can already read – setting them up for success.  Writing and sound recall continue to be part of the taught phonics lesson.  Tricky red words which can not be decoded using phonics are taught as part of the programme.


For further information, visit the website

Parents Ditty guide

Phonics and reading meeting September 2021

Information Evening for Parents - EYFS September 2021