Welcome to Reception!

Friday 11th September 2020

Dear Parent/s, carers

It was great to finally meet all of you during consultations and to have the children together as a class this week. We were not quite sure what to expect following all the disruption this year but so far they have all been amazing! We hope that our induction process is making the transition to school as painless as possible and are confident that the children will soon be feeling settled and happy.

Reception is an important year in your child’s development, not only socially but in terms of equipping them with key skills to send them successfully on their learning journey. To make the experience as rich and enjoyable as possible, we will be covering a variety of topics beginning this term with ‘Ourselves’. We will be finding out about each other and our likes and dislikes. We will be painting self portraits, investigating our skeletons and using and comparing parts of our body such as eyes, ears and hands to explore similarities and differences between us. We will also look at how to keep our bodies healthy, as well as beginning our focus on phonics and number.

During the first half of the term, we will be performing baseline assessments, looking at each child’s current skills and stage of development. This will help us to tailor our provision to provide the best learning experience for each child individually. These assessments will follow the seven areas of learning outlined in The Early Years Foundation Stage. (Further information can be found at http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2014/08/EYFS_Parents_Guide-amended.pdf). We will feed back our findings and outline the next steps in their learning at your child’s first parent consultation meeting which will take place in November (format yet to be decided).

Reading books will be sent home at the end of next week (Fri 18th Sept). In normal circumstances these are changed twice a week but to minimise transfer between households, we will be collecting books in on a Friday, leaving them in school over the weekend and then re-issuing them every Monday until further notice. However, please ensure that they are returned to school each day in their book bag as we will listen to the children read regularly. Further information will accompany the books.

P.E. lessons will take place on a Monday but it is useful to have a named kit in school all week in case we need to reschedule. Just a reminder, we will not expect the children to have trainers as part of their P.E. kit until the summer term. It is also helpful if the girls have a spare pair of socks in their P.E. bags to change into if they come to school in tights.

Show and Tell will take place on Friday afternoons on a rota system which will be sent home via Parentmail. This will start in the w/b 21st September. For their session, the children can bring in something from home such as a toy or photo/s to show the class. Please avoid sending in anything too precious or breakable! We ask that you also avoid soft toys at the moment in line with government guidance. All items should be sent into school in a named bag on the day.

Some additional information:

–  Miss Hannah Powell (our Nursery teacher) and Mrs Adrienne Hinrichs will take the class on Thursday afternoons while myself and Mrs Carmichael have our non-contact time for planning, preparation and assessment. Mrs Hinrichs is a frequent helper in our classroom and will also support the children during lunchtimes.

–  I will soon be giving a presentation about our phonics scheme Read, Write Inc. This is intended to familiarise you with some of the terminology used in the scheme and how we will use phonics to support your child with their reading and writing. Hopefully, this will enable us to work in partnership, ensuring a consistent approach at home and at school. Please look out for information on Parentmail to follow shortly concerning how and when this will take place.

– Polite request: Please could you avoid putting water bottles in book bags as we have found that they frequently leak and saturate the contents of not only your child’s book bag but all those that are stored in the book bag box with it!

We are looking forward to a fun and productive year and to getting to know you and your child. If at any time you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to us.

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Kerr (Reception Class Teacher) & Jane Carmichael (Early Years Practitioner)