Our staff in Reception are;
Mrs Haynes (Assistant Head EYFS, Subject lead for RE)
Please contact Mrs Haynes via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to the Grange Primary Academy. The Reception team hope to make the transition into school as easy as possible and to try and address any questions or worries that you may have.
Our School Day
Doors open at 8.45am, registration is at 8.55am and school ends at 3.20pm.
Initially parents are encouraged to help their child into class, help them find their coat peg, write their name and put up their registration card. It is very important to encourage independence. Staff will be in class at this point should you have any worries or questions.
Early into the first term, your child will be sent home with a reading book, a reading record and words to learn in a pencil case. Your child can change this book as often as they wish.
As a School we request that children read as often as possible at home, a minimum of three times a week. This should be recorded in your child’s reading record. Children who read at home make far greater progress in their learning.
After the first half term, a homework book will be sent home every Wednesday, with a task to be completed by the following Tuesday.
This should be an enjoyable shared activity between child and parent/carer. The homework will be based on activities that we have been doing in school.
PE is a compulsory element within the curriculum. We aim to make it exciting, fun and achievable. Children are required to have a fully labelled PE kit, which we would prefer was left in school during term time. PE Kits will be sent home at the end of term for washing. It would greatly benefit your child if they were able to dress and undress themselves. It is also a good idea on these days if girls do not wear tights.
Long hair must be tied back and ear rings removed by parents/carers prior to the school day.
· Spare underwear to be put in the PE bag – in case of any accidents.
· Book bag.
Please label all items with child’s full name.
Children have a snack break in the morning where they are offered a healthy snack. We ask for £1 to be paid each week to cover the cost of this. Free milk is available for the under 5’s.
The children will be accessing the outdoor area every day, regardless of the weather. Please could you ensure that your child has a warm/waterproof coat available to them and a hat in the summer. Sun cream should also be applied before school in the warmer weather.
Parents as Partners
At Grange Primary Academy we value the relationships that we have with parents and children. There will be many opportunities for you to come into school and spend some quality time with your child within their classroom. When the children have settled in, we will introduce our regular reading morning, where parents/carers can come in and share a book with their child in their classroom. This is a great opportunity to talk to the class teacher, ask for support with reading or for parents to see what their child has been learning about.
We would also like parents to share with us the successes that their child has at home. For example, helping mummy, getting dressed on their own, riding their bike without stabilisers, being a good friend etc. These are written onto stars and shared with the rest of the class.
In Reception we use an on-line system called Tapestry to record your child’s achievements and to document their first year. We would appreciate parents/carers adding to this as well with achievements, photographs or to comment on what you can see on the journal. Parents/carers will be notified when an observation is added about your child and you can comment on this. It’s as easy as Facebook and a great way to stay connected with your child’s learning and achievements in school.
In Reception, your child will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This sets the standards for the learning, development and care of your child. The things your child will learn in Reception have been organised into three prime areas of learning:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal and Social Development
and four specific areas of learning
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
In the EYFS, play is a very important part of your child’s development and most learning will be introduced through a mixture of carefully planned opportunities for play and some adult-led focused activities. There will also be opportunities for your child to choose activities that appeal to them, following their own particular interests. Don’t be too concerned if your child says that they have been playing all day – it just means that they have been lucky enough to have experienced staff who have made their learning fun and enjoyable!
As the Reception year progresses, the learning may start to become more formal, ready for Year 1 and the National Curriculum.
Throughout your child’s time at school, they will be assessed regularly. This is to check their progress and identify the next steps in their learning. The school may carry out a baseline assessment when your child starts to find out what they can do already. This is nothing to worry about – it isn’t a test and it’s unlikely your child will even know its happening.
At the end of Reception, your child’s teacher will assess again and they will complete an EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the Reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time. All of the information collected is then used to assess where your child is currently in the seven areas of learning. The school will give you a report of your child’s progress, including information from their EYFS Profile
Please click on the link below for some useful advice on getting your child ready for starting school.