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Welcome to Reception

We can't wait to see you in September! Miss Khan (Daisy Class) and Miss Spurrs (Lavender Class) are your new teachers! Watch a video message from your new teacher and read our special picture book

Information for our new Reception pupils and parents

We are very pleased to confirm that school will be open to pupils from the first week of September. This means we will be able to start our phased start to the Reception year in the first week of school being open:

Week 1 (starts Monday 7th September): Children stay for a half day and go home by 11.30am for lunch

Please note: Not all children will start on the same day, and you will receive a phone call from your child's teacher confirming your child's actual start date

Week 2 (starts Monday 14th September): Children stay for lunch and go home by 12.30pm

Week 3 (starts Monday 21st September): Children stay for a full day

The phased start to the school year in Reception enables the children to adjust to the longer school day - be warned, they will come home very tired in their first few weeks! We strongly recommend a sensible bedtime routine in their Reception year, as children need 10-12 hours sleep at this age.

School uniform

Children should wear school uniform, but for health and hygiene reasons they must come in every day in freshly washed clothes. We will be opening in the week before school starts so you can buy your child's uniform, at these times:

- Tuesday 1st September, 1-3pm

- Wednesday 2nd September, 9-11am

If the weather is fine we will be set up in the playground, but if not we will sell uniform items from the school office, and we can only allow one family at a time in the foyer area, so please be aware that you may need to wait and please maintain social distancing when waiting.

There is more information about our uniform on our school website here

Our Reception curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is based on three prime areas and four specific areas. 

The children will access this curriculum through a variety of play based activities. There will be a balance of teacher-led and child-initiated activities. Each of the curriculum areas is outlined below, with some helpful ideas for ways you can support this learning at home.

The prime areas are:

- Communication and Language

- Personal, Social and Emotional Development

- Physical Development 

The specific areas are: 

- Literacy

- Mathematics

- Understanding of the World

- Expressive Arts and Design 

Communication and language

  • Encourage your child to use their words to communicate - don't accept gestures (shaking the head, shrugging shoulders).

  • Read your child stories, have them listen to stories and respond to what they hear.

  • Ask your child questions about the story, support them to answer questions and express themselves clearly.

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Encourage your child to say please and thank you. 

  • Allow them to choose some toys themselves and reflect on opinions about these toys; e.g. this is my favourite doll/car.  

  • Try to support your child in taking turns with others.  

  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings

Physical development

  • Your child should be able to name key parts of their body. 

  • Encourage your child to take his/her own coat on and off.  

  • Children need to be able to toilet themselves independently - this includes no pull-ups at night.

  • Children should understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle (healthy food, and regular exercise) and know that some foods are not healthy for us.

Literacy

  • Allow your child to select books for themselves; ones that interest him/her.

  • Encourage them to turn the pages carefully and hold the book correctly.  Help them to point to each word and have a go at sounding it out.  

  • Look for print in the environment such as street signs or shop signs, point out the letters and sounds you can see to your child.  

  • Increase vocabulary and identify sounds: play word games such as ‘I spy’. 

  • Encourage your child to sing/say songs and rhymes and tell you their own stories.  

  • Play rhyming games such as can you find a word that rhymes with bat-cat.

  • Encourage lots of writing both inside and out. For example outside provide chalk or paint brushes and water.  

  • Show children that writing has a purpose by sharing your shopping list or list of jobs to do, perhaps ask your child to write your list.

Mathematics

  • Practice counting groups of objects in pictures and stories; pose questions such as how many altogether? Which number is one more? 

  • Count out loud with your child saying the names of numbers clearly.  

  • Show numbers to your child (perhaps on number cards).  

  • Sing songs or rhymes with numbers in them; 10 In The Bed, 5 Little Ducks, 10 Fat Sausages etc.  

  • Read stories with numbers in them, e.g. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

  • Count using fingers.  

  • Point to and say numbers (house numbers, bus numbers, prices in shops etc).  

  • Encourage children to identify shapes around them; do a shape hunt at home.

  • Apply maths to real life; shape, money, number of objects etc.  

Understanding the world

  • Ask your child to explain who is in their family.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions about the world around them to find out about the environment, people, events and time.

  • Can your child use some basic technology - turn on a device, find the app / site they want to use, take a photo?

Expressive arts and design

  • Drawing, painting, modelling, music and movement are all important parts of this area of learning, as they give children the opportunity to be imaginative. 

  • If your child draws or paints something, ask them to tell you about their picture.

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Watch our short 'Welcome to the EYFS' movie

Welcome to EYFS.mp4

Here is a copy of our full information pack for Reception parents

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