‘Every child counts, every moment matters’

New Starters 2020 2019 - 2020

Mrs Isherwood

Reception teacher, EYFS Lead, Assessment Lead and RE lead.

Mrs Bromley

Reception TA


Please see the newly added files, at the bottom of the page, from myself and Mrs Bromley!

You are almost ready to start at Britannia CP School and I cannot wait to be your new teacher! I know that right now everything is a little strange and you might be finding it very confusing and scary. I will soon be making lots of FaceTime calls to you and your grown-ups so that we can start to get to know each other. We cannot go into our classroom yet, but, you will be able to show me around your house when I call! I will be able to show you where I am doing all of my work from home and my garden (which I am trying to look nice!). 

I am Mrs Isherwood and your teaching assistant is called Mrs Bromley - here are photographs of what we look like!


In Reception we always have lots of fun and we always do lots of learning. Mrs Bromley and I like to go outside and make big dens - even in the rain or snow! Mrs Bromley is really good at cooking and sometimes she cooks with the class. They make yummy foods such as sweet and sour chicken, pancakes, crispy cakes...what would you like to make when you are in our class?

I am going to put some fun activities onto this webpage which you will be able to do with your grown-ups at home. The most important thing to remember is to have fun, be kind, be caring and be safe.

If you want to ask me any questions, or your grown-ups do, send me an email:



Information for the Grown-Ups

At this moment in time, as you can imagine, we do not have any specific information for when school will return to normal following COVID-19. I will be doing all I can from home to support both you and your child with their transition from nursery/childminders/home to school. After the May half term I will be scheduling FaceTime transition meetings where you and your child will be able to meet me and you can ask me any questions you may have. These phone calls will happen more than once, so please do not worry if you forget to ask me something or tell me something about your child.

I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and us all working as a team to best support your child in their school journey. I know it isn't the start you imagined for your child, however, Mrs Bromley and I will ensure that every single child is as prepared as they possibly can be for when they do begin at Britannia.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to email me. As soon as I have arranged the FaceTime number which I will be using I will forward it on to all new parents/carers.


Activities to do at home... 

Please take photographs of your child doing these activities and send them to me so that I may start your child's Learning Journey.

  • Oxford Owl - using your imagination to come up with stories. Please see the attached file named 'How to log on to Oxford Owl New Starters 2020'.
  • Lancashire advice for starting school - https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/early-years-childcare-and-family-support/family-support/getting-ready-to-start-school/
  • Have a look at this website for lots of ideas of things to do with your child, as well as good apps they can use! https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3
  • BBC support for starting school - https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
  • Writing your name - can you write it on paper? Can you write it in the sand? What about in chalk on the ground? Can you 'squirt' your name using water in a washing up liquid bottle? Can you write your name using a stick in the mud?
  • What are your favourite foods to eat? Are you good at trying new foods? Have a go at my challenge - try one new food every week and let me know what you think!
  • Who is in your family? Can you use a camera (on a phone, iPad, tablet or even a real camera!) to take photographs of your family members at home? Send them to me and let me know their names, too, so that I can get to know you all better. 
  • Physical Development - can you undress yourself and get your clothes back on? If it is a little tricky, start with doing your own socks and work your way up to the harder things like pulling jumpers over your head! I will be so proud of you if you are able to zip your coat up all by yourself.
  • Play a board game with a grown-up or a sibling. Can you take turns? Can you count up the dots on the dice and move the right amount of spaces?
  • Oooohhhh a tricky one here...can you use a knife and fork to cut up some food? It is really hard so please do not worry if you can't do it yet. You could practise by using a knife and a fork to cut up playdoh! We have lots of fun in school doing that.
  • Numbers - can you count to 10? If you can, you are a super star! Now I would like you to count back from 10, too! If you can do this then please work on counting forwards and backwards to 20.
  • Lots of songs to help you count can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-counting-songs/zn67kmn
  • How many nursery rhymes do you know? Can you learn some more? I would love to see a video of you singing some! https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx
  • You can have a look at different craft ideas for younger children here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/search/pins/?q=preschool%20craft&rs=typed&term_meta[]=preschool%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=craft%7Ctyped


I will add more activities/change activities over the coming weeks.



Uniform List


Trousers: Black or grey. Shorts are allowed in warm weather periods but should be black or grey. Jeans are not permitted.

Skirts: Black or grey and of a suitable length.

Dresses: Pinafore dresses are allowed (black or grey); green gingham dresses are also permitted.

Shirts: White school shirts or white polo shirts (with or without the school logo).

Blouses: White.

Jumpers/ cardigans – Green (with or without school logo)

Sweatshirts: From Reception to Y5, school sweatshirts are green (with or without logo).

Fleeces: Green (with or without school logo).

Tights should be black, grey or green and knee length socks should be white or grey.

Shoes should be black and suitable for school wear. This does not include trainers or fashion boots (such as Uggs).

PE Kit: Black pumps/plimsolls, Britannia PE kit can be purchased from Ann's in Bacup.

If the children are taking PE outside, they may be allowed track suit bottoms (at the teacher’s discretion). Trainers will be allowed for outdoor PE. Parents will be informed if lessons could be completed outdoors. Given our beautiful school grounds, this is likely to occur.

All of our school uniform is available from Ann’s of Bacup – on Rochdale Road.

Our final request is that all school clothing is labelled. This makes life easier for the child, the teacher and for the parent! I know it sounds daft, but please can you also label your child's shoes. We have had a few occasions where a child is insisting a shoe isn't theirs - even when the other matching shoe is on their foot!

Files to Download

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Snow White Panto, by Miss Connolly

PDSA Assembly, by Miss Connolly

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