The Reception Year is an exciting time for children and also one of the most important. Children begin their Reception year in the September after they turn 4 years of age.
We have three Reception classes. Each class is led by a class teacher and has a Teaching Assistant. The children are also taught once a week by specialist Music, P.E. and Science teachers.
Throughout the day children have a mixture of adult-led teaching and independent learning time. Our Indoor Reception classroom area is divided into different areas of learning. These include:
The children are encouraged to independently visit all of these areas and access the resources that are provided for them. The children also take part in adult-led teaching sessions. They have four of each of the following sessions per week:
We also have an outdoor Reception classroom that is accessible to the children for part of the school day. Please ensure your child always has a warm coat in school and wears sensible shoes.
Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.
These are the times that apply to a reception pupil’s typical school day.
[gates open at? - doors open at? - school starts at?]
|08:50||Reception doors open (1)|
|09:15||Read, Write Inc lesson|
|09:45||learning time 1 (independent learning)|
|10:40||learning time 2 (independent learning)|
|13:10||learning time 3 (independent learning)|
|14:30||learning time 4 (independent learning)|
|15:25||end of school|
(1) (please allow your child to enter Reception independently - this helps the children settle and encourages them to take responsibility for their own belongings)
On Thursday mornings the children are taught science, music and PE. They are permitted to come to school in a tracksuit with sensible footware for these sessions.
Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.
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|Mrs Judy Woodall||Beta - class teacher|
|Miss MaryAnn Galgey||Delta - class teacher|
|Mrs Caroline Edgson||Gamma - class teacher & Reception Leader|
3.[what day is PE? what needs to be in PE bag? does PE stuff stay at school? can children wear PE kit to school in the morning?]
5.[what’s expected? how often? what days?]
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At our school we follow the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’. It sets standards that ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. At the end of the year the children’s development is assessed against a set of early learning goals. We will complete a profile for your child to indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’).
For more information about the EYFS you can visit the links below or download the Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We have a snack area that is available all morning for the children to access independently. All children have a free drink of milk and one piece of fruit every day. We encourage the children to be independent when using the snack area by allowing them to pour their own milk and choose their own fruit. Water is also available throughout the school day.
There is no charge for places in the foundation stage, however, we do ask parents to contribute £1 per week. With this money we buy biscuits for the children, which are given as a snack at morning break time, and additional resources that support the children’s learning e.g. cooking ingredients, creative resources or toys that follow the children’s interests at any particular time e.g. ‘Frozen’ resources.
You are your child’s first educator and we enjoy building partnerships with parents throughout the year. Parent’s meetings are planned throughout the school year but you are always welcome to arrange informal meetings with your child’s class teacher after school at any time.
Your child will be given homework once a week (either literacy or numeracy) and may also bring home a reading book. We ask that you support your child to complete any homework given and ensure that it is returned to school. We also encourage you to spend a few minutes every evening listening to your child read or sharing a book together.
8.[what your year 6 child needs with them? reading books? daily? weekly? KS2: pens/pencils? etc]
9.[when to pay money? e.g. school dinners - our expectations? cheque? envelope? addressed to?]
10.[what to do if you have a problem? e.g. first thing in morning is not a good tome to catch us - let us know and we’ll arrange a time
- escalation - who do I go to next?]
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Please ensure all items of your children’s school uniform (especially jumpers, coats and hats) are named. This prevents them from getting lost when taken off. Please note that jewellery is not allowed to be worn in Reception.
If you have any queries please contact the school and staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Reception teachers are available to meet with parents at the end of the school day.
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