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Welcome to Reception with Pandas and Penguins!
Staff: Mrs Robins, Mrs Marcou – Penguin class
Miss Fletcher, Miss Beever, Miss Davies, Mrs Thaxter, – Panda class
Mrs Conway, Mrs Glineur – PPA cover on Wednesday mornings
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
Since September 2000, a ‘Foundation Stage’ has been established for our youngest children. This is a very important stage of education and consists of play based learning and practical activity both indoors and out of doors. There are:
Three Prime Areas which work together to support development in all other areas
- Personal Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
Four Specific Areas which include essential skills and knowledge
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Our curriculum is delivered through topics that change each term. Please see the links below to find out more about these.
Bishop Hannington Church Assemblies
The Reception children attend church assemblies from October. These take place at Bishop Hannington church with the rest of the school on a monthly basis. Further information about these will be provided closer to the time.
Starting in the Spring Term, our children attend a whole-school assembly every Monday after lunch. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays assemblies are class-based. The children attend a Singing/Worship Assembly every Thursday. We end our week with a Celebration Assembly in the hall with Key Stage 1.
A fruit or vegetable snack is provided for each child every day. If however, your child is not keen on many fruits or vegetables, you may provide your own fruit or vegetable snack. If you do provide your own, please name it to prevent upset and, if your child has a lunch box please don’t put it in there as lunches and snacks are stored separately.
Please ensure your child has a named water bottle every day. Bottles need to be the kind with a lift up ‘sports’ cap – spillages from screw on tops cause a lot of mess! There are water fountains around the school, but, of course, the children do not drink nearly as much as they should if they rely on these every day.
Your child will be given a school library book on Friday. These books have a gold sticker on the spine and the idea is to share it with you at home. It is not intended as a book for them to read necessarily – it is to foster an enjoyment of reading and experience different texts and language. These will be changed once a week, every Friday. Experience has shown it is best to keep school books in the book bag to prevent loss.
For the part-time children, home time is 12 ‘o’ clock, or 1.15 if they stay to lunch (dates for this are arranged at the start of each school year). For full time children it is 3.10pm. If you are late at home time and we are not in the Reception playground, please go to the school office where your child will be waiting for you.
As you may know, teachers have 10% non-contact time during the week for Planning, Preparation and Assessment. Our day for this is Wednesday.
In Penguins class, Mrs Glineur will cover for Mrs Robins every Wednesday morning.
In Pandas class, Mrs Conway will cover for Miss Fletcher every Wednesday morning.
From time to time we also need to attend courses/meetings, when a supply teacher might cover. We try to use as few ‘different faces’ as possible so that the children have continuity.
When we feel the children have settled into school life we will begin Parent Time sessions. These will take place on a Friday each month. This is when you are invited to come in with your child in the morning and stay until 9.15am to play and see the kinds of activities your child has been doing. Dates and information will be given nearer the time.
P.E. takes place on a Thursday. We ask that your child’s named P.E. kit is kept in a drawstring bag and stays in school at all times. We will send it home at the end of each half-term to enable you to wash it and to check that plimsolls still fit! If your child has pierced ears, please remove earrings on P.E. days.
The children can arrive at school between 8.35 and 8.50 each morning. We encourage the children to be independent at putting their book bags and belongings away. They can then choose an activity to do in the classroom until 9.15. During this time, the register is taken and dinner requests recorded.
For your children’s security, the school gates will be locked at 8.50am. If you are late you will need to enter the school via the main entrance and notify the office staff.
We learn letter sounds at Aldrington by following the National Literacy Strategy’s guidance ‘Letters and Sounds’, and learn 4 new sounds a week. The Jolly Phonics scheme enriches this. Jolly Phonics uses a multi-sensory approach to learning the sounds. From week 5 of the Autumn Term, your child will bring home a ‘Sounds Book’. This will inform you of which sounds in the alphabet we have covered during the week. It will be collected in every Tuesday so that the new sounds can be stuck in and taken home on Thursdays. During the Autumn Term you will be invited to attend a Phonics session led by staff members to give you more information about this.
Reading is an integral part of our daily Literacy sessions. Children regularly read with an adult on a one-to-one basis. When your child is ready, they will be given a reading book and reading record to take home. Please try to set aside a few minutes each day to share your child’s reading book. It is helpful if you complete the record book on a regular basis.
Your child will be given a school library book on Friday. These books have a gold sticker on the spine. Your child selects the book they want and the idea is to share it with you at home. It is not intended as a book for them to read necessarily – it is to foster an enjoyment of reading and experience different texts and language. These will be changed once a week, every Friday. Experience has shown it is best to keep school books in the book bag to prevent loss.
Collecting your child after school
Children are dismissed from the external classroom doors at 3.10pm. Please let us know if your child is to be collected by a different person than usual. You can do this by writing on the ‘Going Home Board’ on the external door.
Newsletters and information
General school letters and Reception letters will be given to each child. Please check your child’s book bag every day for important letters and communication.
Class behaviour system
We believe that our class rules encourage appropriate behaviour. These are:
- We listen…we do not interrupt
- We are honest…we do not cover up the truth
- We look after property…we do not damage things
- We are gentle…we do not hurt others
- We are kind and helpful…we do not hurt anybody’s feelingsWe award stickers to children whose behaviour links directly to these rules. We also attend a Celebration Assembly each week to celebrate our learning and behaviour stars.The behaviour chart in our classrooms consists of a sunshine, thinking cloud and a sad cloud. Children feel very proud when they see their names on the sunshine! However, sometimes it is necessary to place their name on the thinking cloud or sad cloud to remind them of expected behaviour.