Welcome to Reception!
In Reception there are three classes;
- RD – Miss Denham
- Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Monaghan.
- RC – Mrs Chapman
- Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Hughes
- RL – Miss Lewis
- Our Teaching Assistant is TBC
Mrs Watkinson also comes in to help us learn. She comes in on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Chapman’s class are taught on Wednesday, Miss Lewis's class on Thursday and Miss Denham’s class on a Friday.
Click here to read about what we do in Reception.
Our usual intake is 90 children per year. Many of the children have attended our very own nursery which means the transition is not at all a transition but more a small transfer.
We take children in September on a staggered basis, short sessions then part time. This slow induction to school helps us not only settle the children quickly but to get to know them well as individuals.
How Reception Works
We pride ourselves on being a parent friendly team and have interactive displays on offer all year. These displays focus on an area of learning and have help sheets available for parents to take home.
Teaching staff are available every evening to discuss any concerns and to celebrate your child's day. Our teaching assistants are available to welcome your child each morning.
Parents are regularly invited to join their child in school to enjoy various activities, such as clay day, numeracy and science based activities.
Each class takes part in weekly PE sessions on a Friday.
Reading books are sent home every day with the children so PLEASE RETURN THE PACKETS DAILY. There is a communication book in the packet please write down any comment you would like your class teacher to know. Sign this diary whenever you hear your child read so they can have their reading book changed.
In this communication book we will also write the keywords and phonics that you need to practice with your child that week, please practice them daily and remember make learning and reading a positive and fun experience for children and participate with the children as this can help immensely!
Learning Logs will be sent home with the children on Thursday and must be returned to school on a Monday morning. These are a great way to keep up to date with your child’s learning in school and are essential in helping your child progress happily through our curriculum. This also allows parents to see how their children are doing with their learning.
We pride ourselves on our parent partnership and our learning logs are an enjoyable part of this.
Writing Development Help Sheet
Begin BIG so that the children can see clearly what you have drawn. Until your child’s gross motor skills are good, their fine motor skills will not improve, so use these activities to increase their fine motor skills:
- Catch a large ball
- Make circles with water and paintbrushes
- Swing arms in circle movements
- Use ribbons to create patterns in the air
REMEMBER: Always encourage your child to hold a pencil correctly, use chunky pencils and crayons.
Why not try these activities also:
- Ask your child to trace lines and circles drawn by you with a yellow pen
- Ask your child to trace over a picture, encourage children to stay on the line
- Ask your child to make letters shapes in the sand or flour (on a tray maybe)
- Put plenty of bubbles in the bath – make patterns and letters in them
- Ask your children to paint on large sheets of paper
- Ask your children to chalk on a board or pavement
- Ask your child to encourage labels writing or get your child to write a shopping list
These are essential skills your child needs on starting school:
- Recognising their own name will be very useful
- Practice writing their name as often as possible
- Be able to dress themselves, turn their own jumper the correct way round and put on their coat
- Recognise their own book bag
- Be able to toilet themselves and know the importance of hand hygiene
- Be able to share and get along with others