Year R

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Welcome to the Reception page.  This page provides you with everything you will need to know about life in Reception. We hope you will find it useful, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year Reception team.

Classes

  • Mr W Liddle EYFS Leader and Gosling Class Teacher supported by Mrs S Coppard ,Teaching Assistant (Paediatric First Aider)
  • Mrs E Cheesman and Mrs C Staples EYFS Duckling Class Teachers, supported by Mrs S Aspinall (Student Teacher) and Mrs L Webb (Montessori Trained)- Teaching Assistants

Transition

At St Matthew’s High Brooms CEP, we pride ourselves on excellent transition arrangements.

Every feeder Pre-School and Nursery is visited before the children start in September. Meetings are held with Pre-School staff and children are observed in their play. In September, children start school using a staggered entry. This means children come in small groups over two weeks, allowing teachers and teaching assistants time to get to know and assess each child. It also helps the children settle and get to know the classroom routines. Youngest children start first in order for them to have more time to adjust to their new environment.

Home visits

We aim to visit each family in their home environment in the first few weeks of September. This is a very important part of our induction process. At this meeting, the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant will talk to parents and carers informally, but also ensure all details about their child are recorded. Parents also have the opportunity to ask any questions and ensure any matters of confidential information are shared. This is also a positive experience for the child, as it allows them to be seen in their own environment and share their personal interests and experiences with members of staff.

Curriculum and Topics

Children in The Early Years Foundation Stage follow the EYFS Development Matters Curriculum guidance. The Characteristics of Effective Learning are:

  • Active Learning
  • Creating and thinking Critically
  • Playing and exploring

Through these principles 17 areas of learning are covered, with emphasis on the Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Social Emotional Development
  • Specific Areas of Learning include Literacy and Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Creative Arts and Design.

Class Topics are based on an engaging and enjoyable text.

Reading

Children are expected to bring their book bags into school every day. The reading books will be changed regularly. Towards the end of the year, children will be independent enough to change their books themselves. Initially children will take home a picture book to share with their grown-ups. After phonics teaching commences, children will also have a colour banded reading book to read to their adult and practise at home. You should be reading with your child every day.

Home learning

Children will be expected to complete some home learning every week. Home learning will be work related to learning that has taken place in the classroom.

Rewards

Every week each class teacher will pick one star of the week. These are children who have worked hard throughout the week and have shown good Christian Values. Children will receive a certificate to take home with them. In addition to this children will receive a green card for being well behaved or achieving something in school. Children should collect their green cards and keep them somewhere safe. They will receive a certificate for 20, 40 and 60 green cards collected.

Equipment

Every child should have the following named equipment at school:

  • Water bottle
  • Green reading book bag
  • PE kit
  • Change of underwear
  • Suitable coat with hood

PE

Children will have a PE session every week. This will be on a Tuesday. Therefore it is important that kit is correct and in school. Children will need:

  • T-shirt in house colour
  • Shorts
  • Tracksuit bottoms
  • Plimsolls

School Day

The school gate opens at 8:50 AM. Children should be taken directly to class for settling in time. School finishes at 3:15 PM. Please contact the school office if you are running late or somebody different needs to collect your child. Teachers are not responsible for your child after this time.

Morning snack

Children in Reception are currently entitled to free fruit each day and free milk before they are 5. Please register your child for milk on enrolment.

Lunch

Lunch time for Reception is 12-1 PM. In Reception children are currently entitled to a free hot meal. They will be asked to state whether they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch every morning. If your child is bringing a packed lunch then the box or bag will need to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and class. Anything your child does not eat will be kept in the lunch box.