Welcome to Reception!

On this page you will find all the information that you need about what’s going on in Reception

This week in Reception

  • We have been busy taking part in DT & Engineering week. The theme has been dinosaurs!
  • We loved reading two different stories about Dinosaurs and Underpants!
  • We enjoyed meeting 2 new pet dinosaurs, Dexter and Stan, who needed lots of help solving problems.
  • We helped design them a new pair of underpants, decided which way would be best to fix ripped underpants, and tested lots of materials to make a waterproof pair of pants!
  • We ended the week with a Dino Party which included lots of dinosaur stomping, and making our own edible dinosaur from waffles, pancakes and fruit – yummy!
  • The celebration assembly on Friday included special certificates for fantastic problem solving!

Next week in Reception

  • Spring officially begins on the 20th March.
  • We will be encouraging the children to talk about and take note of the changes that have been happening now that Spring has arrived.
  • We will be looking at real Daffodils and painting pictures of them, paying close attention to detail.
  • We will be starting to talk about and prepare for Mother’s Day!

Healthy Heroes

We are looking forward to starting our new Healthy Hero challenge in the Next Week!

Our Healthy Hero challenge next week is all about getting plenty of sleep. Our children are so busy and active that it is really important that they get plenty of sleep so that they have the energy the following day to do everything they want to do.

Check out the link below for lots of information and helpful tips about how you can take part in these challenges at home.

 

 Get Plenty of Sleep

Stars of the Week

Thomas

For making some fantastic observations during DT and Engineering Week!

Isla

For always being kind and helpful.

Citizens of the Week

Ivy

For being a caring and honest friend.

Sky

For being a caring and honest friend to everyone in Reception Class.

The Golden Purple Pen Award

This week is awarded to

 Nye from RLB/SW for super effort with his writing!

Ernie from RJL for working really hard on his letter formation!

Miss Ireland

Assistant Head Teacher, Early Years Leader

Mrs Baxter

Reception Teacher

Miss Woodruff

Reception Teacher

Mrs Longhorn

Reception Class Teacher

Susan McGowan Bowerham

Miss McGowan

Key Worker & Welfare Assistant

Mrs Essa

Key Worker, Reception

Mrs Jackson

Keyworker, Reception

Homework this week

Homework will be given out on a Friday. Often homework will be something for you to do or to talk through rather than written work that needs handing in, but when something does need to be handed in, please send it back in by Tuesday.

To find out what homework Reception has this week please visit our Homework Page.

Routines

Please wait with your child in the Reception class playground until the doors open at 8.40am. We try and encourage the children to be as independent as possible and therefore ask you to encourage your child to come into school by themselves. It is very important for your child’s development for them to be able to take responsibility for themselves and their own property. There is always a member of staff helping and supporting the children inside if needed and a member of staff outside for any parents who wish to pass on any messages or information to key workers.

Teaching sessions start at 9am and the main gate will be locked at 9am.  If you arrive after this time, please take your child to the office.

At the end of the day please collect your child at 3.20pm from the Reception playground.  Your child will not be sent to an adult collecting until a member of staff has seen who is there to collect. If someone different is due to collect your child please indicate so in the communication diary.

At least 2 members of the staff will be available at the beginning and end of each day to answer any questions that you may have.  Any of the staff will be able to answer your questions or direct you to the appropriate person.  If you wish to make an appointment to see the teachers, this can be arranged at a mutually convenient time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to any member of the Early Years Team.

Useful links and information for Reception Parents

The link below will take you to ‘families in the foundation years’ website. It’s a great site in providing information from pregnancy to age 5, including a section on joining Reception class and encouraging independence.

The Foundation Years Website

 

Tapestry

We love being able to upload all our observations to share with you throughout each half term as well as being able to share all the exciting things you upload at home too!

Your Tapestry account for your child is only ‘live’ for the length of time they are in Reception class.  Once they go into year 1 or to another school you will no longer have access to your child’s Tapestry account.

We want you to be able to have this learning journey as your own and therefore we will be sending you a termly PDF download of your child’s learning journey.  This can then be saved on your hard drive to then enable you to keep it ‘forever’!  It is important that you do save it as this will be your only opportunity to keep it term by term.  You will be notified of the download via a sticker in your child’s communication diary. Downloads will then expire within 1 month.

Please note: you will need to access Tapestry through their website and not the app to be able to successfully download your child’s observations.

The link below will take you through the process of how to download your child’s Tapestry observations.

How to download your child’s Tapestry observations

 

Sun Safety

In Reception class we value the importance of outdoor play and children have the opportunity to be outside for most of the day. As such, we need to make sure that your child is kept safe in the sun. As parents, it is your responsibility to ensure your child is kept safe in the sun. The following requirements are essential in order for staff to allow your child to play outside-

  • Ensure sun cream is applied to your child before you bring them to school – this will give your child the sun protection they will need for the morning session. We will assume that sun cream has been applied prior to arriving.
  • Send your child with a named sun hat on sunny days.

Staff will ensure that children wear their sun hats when playing outside.

On sunny days staff will also re-apply sun cream to your child at 1pm before the afternoon session begins. We have purchased sun cream – Boots Soltan Kids Factor 50 hypoallergenic sun care lotion, which we will apply before the children go outside for the afternoon session. If you do not wish for your child to use this and would like to provide your own lotion, please send your sun lotion in a named bottle – which can be left in Reception Class. Lotion cannot be kept in children’s bags for safety reasons. Our sun cream will be available for you to ‘patch’ test your child if needed.