Welcome to Early Years
The staff in Early Years this year are Mrs. Elder, Miss Alderdice, Mrs. Lonsdale and Mrs Graham.
Our Early Years teachers are Mrs Elder and Miss Alderdice. They are supported by Mrs Lonsdale and Mrs Graham. At Etherley Lane, our Early Years classrooms are very busy places! There is always something interesting going on and each day brings new challenges and surprises. During the Reception year, children progress rapidly and they develop the skills that are essential for lifelong learning. The children work on both adult directed tasks and have lots of opportunities for child initiated learning in the different areas of the learning environment. We promote independence and resilience and our aim is to create a culture of tolerance towards each other whilst appreciating and celebrating each other’s similarities and differences.
Below you can find out a little bit more about the Early Years team.
Hi, I’m Mrs Elder! I am the EYFS teacher and Science Lead throughout school. I have worked as a teacher now for fourteen years and I have been in Reception at Etherley Lane Primary School for over nine years. I love working in Reception because it is lovely to see how much the children progress and how independent they become in such a short space of time. It is such a privilege to see the children’s faces light up when they learn something new and every day the children put a smile on my face.
Outside of school, I love spending time with my three children Will, Isla and Phoebe, and my husband. We like going for woodland walks near our home, trips to the cinema and we love day trips to the beach – obviously I have to have a cheeky ice-cream! I also love to read and listen to music.
Hi, I’m Miss Alderdice! I am the EYFS teacher and have just started my teaching career this year so I am new just like the children! I am really looking forward to seeing how the children develop over the year and getting to know them all.
In my spare time, I like walking in the Lake District and going to the beach with my dog, Rory.
Hello, I’m Mrs Lonsdale. I have worked at Etherley Lane for many years across all key stages. I enjoy working in Reception and love seeing how much progress the children make so quickly throughout the year.
In my spare time I enjoy cooking and sewing and I like to go for walks. I also love to spend time with my grandson.
Hi, I’m Mrs Graham!!! I have worked at Etherley Lane for six years and worked across all the key stages. I love working with the children in EYFS, especially when doing creative tasks.
In my spare time I like going for walks in the Lake District with my rescue dog Scout and I enjoy spending time with my two sons and husband.
If your child is self-isolating and needs to access their learning from home, please find below the links to their lessons this week. These lessons follow closely with what your child would be learning this week in class.
Each week we will put any homework/activities to complete on Seesaw – feel free to send me photos, drawings and videos. Nobody needs to bring homework into school at the moment but we still love to see the work you are doing at home.
If you are at home self-isolating we will put links on below so you can do the activities that we would be doing in class together.
Any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
Self-Isolation Reading and Phonics Support
Please click here to view our Reading and Phonics page, which will provide information and support on how you can help your child continue to practise their reading skills should you need to self-isolate.
Reading for Pleasure
The document below includes weblinks and QR codes which will take you to videos of popular stories being read out loud. You can listen to these as part of your home learning or enjoy them as bedtime stories!
Click on the links below to find out more about the Early Years at Etherley Lane Primary School.