Class Teacher - Miss Pinnington
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Cavanagh
A very warm welcome to the Reception class page where you can find out all the information you need to support your child’s learning at home.This is the year that children work towards achieving their early learning goals and children are expected to make great leaps in their learning. Reception is also the time that the children are entering ‘big school’ and there is an expectation for them to show positive behaviour at all times. Reception is such an important year for your child and all of the children have made a wonderful start to the term and I am sure this will continue throughout the year. The transition into reception has gone really smoothly and children are all very excited to be in their new class. They all look wonderful in their new uniforms and are eager to learn. We hope you visit this page often to see the progress your children are making and see how much fun they are having. We are looking forward to working with you and your children. We welcome you to contact us for any information or to answer any questions you may have that are not addressed in our welcome page.
Children are provided with a snack everyday. Snack costs £1 per week per child and is payable at the beginning of every week. Please ensure that you keep up to date with your snack money.
Children have been given a copy of the school dinner menu to take home. All reception children are entitled to a FREE school meal. If your child is having a school dinner please look at the menu and discuss the choices with them so that they can decide what they would like. Children will choose their lunch during morning register and picture prompts will be provided to support children in their choice.
Attendance and Punctuality
It is important that your child has good attendance as the government sets a requirement of 98% attendance throughout the school year. It is also important that your child arrives on time as this minimises disruption to both their learning and to the classroom. Please make sure that your child arrives to school on time, our classroom doors open at 8.45am an children are registered at 8.55am. If your child is going to be absent, please ring school to let us know.
Please ensure your child has the correct uniform and that each item is clearly labelled, including their coat and P.E. Kit. Their school uniform is a reflection on the class, especially when we are out of school or when we have visitors into the classroom. For P.E we ask that children have a white t-shirt, black or navy shorts and black pumps. We request that the children leave their P.E. kit on their pegs in school and then take them home at half term to ensure they have their P.E. kit as and when needed.
Reading is a vital part of your child's education and reading with your child at home is a lovely way to spend quality time with them. Children can also read with their older siblings. We suggest that children read each night and practice their sounds to support their learning in school. Please encourage them to sound out unfamiliar words and read with fluency and expression. Children who have signed up to the reading scheme will have reading books changed weekly, please make a comment in your child’s reading record and return this with the reading book. If the reading record is not signed we will assume that your child has not read their book at home yet and therefore it will not not be changed that week. Also please be aware that there is a £3 charge for any lost or damaged reading books. If you would like to sign up to the reading scheme please do not hesitate to ask for a form.
Children are encouraged to bring water to drink in the classroom. Your child can bring a bottle of water into the classroom each day, these can then be refilled throughout the day at the water dispensers.
If your child needs an inhaler, could you please send it in with a name label and instructions on when to take it. All parents must sign a medical consent form in the main reception to authorise any medicines to be administered by staff.
Stay and Play
At St Maries Primary School, our aim is to create a happy and secure environment, where children will develop confidence and an eagerness to learn. We recognise that as parents, you are an important educator in your child’s life and it is our wish to begin to create positive partnerships with families from the outset.
We have introduced Stay & Play sessions and we welcome all family members, including; Mums, Dads, Partners, Grandparents and Carers etc. You are invited to stay and play with your children as we value your support and recognise the importance of partnership with parents.
Benefits of Stay and Play sessions
Stay & Play sessions give you the opportunity to see your child interact with other children and learn through play in a relaxed environment. Staff will set up activities following the children’s interests and parents/carers can come along and take part in the activities, learn new skills and ideas for learning at home through play. You will also have the opportunity to find out about school life and ask any questions
To keep you informed about all of the wonderful things that happen in Reception, we will be sending out a newsletter every month. We are looking forward to working with you and your child this year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come in and see Miss Pinnington.