Starting Reception 

September 2020

Click on the video link to watch a welcome from Mrs Gratton - Early Years Leader and Assistant Head.

Key School Information

School Dinners

All children in Reception are entitled to a school meal each day without payment. This is part of Universal Free School Meals and different to Free School Meals.


You could also be entitled to register for Free School Meals. Please click here  to find out more information. We would encourage you to register if eligible as during the COVID 19 Pandemic weekly food vouchers are being sent to families. 

School Uniform

Everything you need to know about school uniform is on this page

Please do not be concerned if you are not able to get all items in time for September, or wish to wait until more clarity is known on school opening. 

The School Day

This section and information on what your child needs to bring each day will be updated when government guidance for September  is issued.

Before & After School Club

At present this club is not running. However provision for children of Key Workers is being provided from 8am - 6pm. 

Further details on how the club has run this year can be found here Details will be sent to all parents to register for the club when it reopens. 

Reporting Absence from School

If your child is absent from school it is very important to let the school office know before 9.15am on the morning of the absence. This is to confirm that your child is safe. Further detail on the expectations for attendance at school when school is fully open can be found here:

Parent Engagement

  • Being part of your child's learning journey is vitally important. We actively encourage parents/carers to contribute evidence towards children's progress against the Early Learning Goals. The system for this will be shared in September. 

  • Phonics/Reading Workshops for parents/carers are carried out over the year. Supporting your child at home with reading is key to a child's success with reading. 

  • Termly opportunity to discuss your child's progress with the class teacher

  • We welcome parents/carers to share any concerns or questions they have as soon as they arise with the class teacher. 

Bladder and Bowel information

Speech and Language

Special Educational Needs & Early Help


Recommended transition books to share with your child:


Early Years Foundation Curriculum - What does learning look like in Reception?

These areas of learning and development shape the experiences and  provision for children in Reception.  

Prime Areas of Learning: 

  • Communication & Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional  

Specific Areas of Learning

  • Literacy - Reading & Writing

  • Mathematics - Number & Shape/Space/Measure

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design

For every area of learning there is an Early Learning Goal which identifies the expected knowledge, skills and understanding children should gain by the end of Reception. Teachers and Early Years Practitioners make ongoing observations of learning to evidence each individual child's progress towards these goals. At the end of the year, your child's achievement towards these goals is shared with you and reported to the Local Authority.


You can find out more about the Early Years Statutory Curriculum here: 

Click on the video link to watch a welcome from Mrs Gratton - Early Years Leader and Assistant Head.

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