Reception

Foundation 2                                                   2021 - 2022 

Welcome to Reception class!

Dear Parents and Carers

We are delighted by how well the children have settled into our class.  They are getting to know our routines and expectations.  We have had a busy week working together to come up with ideas about how we keep happy and safe in school, learning and singing counting songs, playing games about hearing initial sounds in our names and robot talking words.

Your child’s teachers this year will be Mrs Ceuppens and Mrs Wolvin.  Ms Parrin is our teaching assistant and Miss Prior will be helping in the classroom as well.

We would like to signpost you to the following:

  • Uniform – please name all your child’s uniform, including shoes, as this helps us to return the items to the correct child if they get lost – this has happened several times already this week! 
  • PE  –  The children will have a discrete PE lesson, once a week on a Thursday. However, we won’t be changing fully for PE until after the October half term.  All PE kits need to be fully labelled too.
  • Snack – the children will have a slice of toast each morning and we ask that you send in a £1 a week, or 20p a day, to help with the cost of this.  The government provide fresh fruit every day as well as a small bottle of milk each day while the children are 4. 
  • Drink bottles and lunchboxes – we ask that the children bring in water each day in a named bottle and that if they are bringing in a packed lunch this should be in a named lunchbox.
  • Book bags – we suggest that the children bring in a school book bag each day.  All letters and correspondence from us will go into the book bags so it is a good idea to check them each night.  Later in the term reading books etc will also go home in the bags.  It is best to avoid sending in rucksacks as there is not a great deal of space around their pegs.
  • Wellington Boots – we will be making good use of our school grounds which can get muddy so it is a good idea to send your child in with a pair of wellington boots that they keep in school.  We have got some spares if you would like to make use of those.
  • Coats – we do try and get outside in all weathers so please send your child in with a coat each day, which again should be named.
  • Star of the Week – each Friday we have a whole school assembly and a child in each class is chosen for a star award. This is not just for academic achievement but can be given for anything that the teacher sees as an achievement for that child, for example being resilient, being a good role model, being a good friend, putting on their coats by themselves etc.
  • Stars – we will be sending home a star award for you to fill in as parents and return to school to celebrate anything that your child achieves at home, that you would like to share in school, for example getting dressed by themselves, helping wash up, achieving a swimming badge etc
  • Lunches – Every child in EYFS and key stage 1 is entitled to a free school meal.  This can be ordered on a day to day basis so  you can change between these and packed lunches according to what your child likes. A copy of the menu has been given out to all parents. It is also available on our class page on the website.
  • School Comms – Please ensure you have provided a correct email address as most correspondence from school will be sent our electronically.  If a child splits their time between parents please make sure we have an address for both.

During this first half term we will be carrying out a baseline assessment on each child, which is a new government initiative to assess your child’s early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school.  The purpose of this is just to create a starting point for each child so that when they reach Year 6 the Department for Education and you as parents can see how well school has supported them during their time in primary school.  The data from the assessment is not shared with us and the scores are not published.  We will however receive a set of statements which will provide a description of how each child did.  We will let you know once the assessments have been completed and you can request a copy of the statements if you wish. 

We will be teaching the children to read through a systematic synthetic phonics scheme called Little Wandle.  This is new to us at school and we are in the process of training and resourcing the scheme.  We will send out more information and details about this shortly.

For more information about our curriculum and how we will be teaching your child please look on our website either under the curriculum for EYFS or under our class page, or talk to myself or Mrs Wolvin.

We are looking forward to getting to know your child and working with you as parents to ensure the best possible learning experience and outcomes for them.  Please feel free to talk to us at anytime should you have any queries or concerns.  In our experience most things can be solved very easily if we know about them.

Kind regards

Mrs Ceuppens, Mrs Wolvin and Ms Parrin

Link to Statutory Framework for EYFS

Link to Development Matters

Reception Baseline - information for parents