Welcome to Reception!
We hope you have all had a lovely holiday and are now excited for the year ahead. We are!
On Tuesday 25th September, 6.30pm at Tardebigge CE First School we will be sharing a photo presentation of your children during their first few of weeks at school. We will also be explaining the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and will hand out learning packs and give advice on how you can support your child’s learning at home. This will be an informative evening and we look forward to seeing you there.
The start and end of the day
The gate will open at 8.45am and will close at 8.55am. Children need to be in school by this time. If you arrive after this time you will need to come through the main office and sign your child in and get a late mark. Children can be collected from 3.10pm.
At ‘home time’ we will line the children up and bring them onto the playground to hand them over directly to you. Please can you let us know in writing if your child is to be collected by someone different. We will not let them go with anyone else unless we have been notified beforehand. It is always helpful if you give us a wave when your child is at the front of the line.
If your child is having a hot school lunch, please discuss their menu choice in advance (a blue lunch- a meat option, a green lunch- a vegetarian option or a purple lunch- a jacket potato). There will be a board outside the gate to Reception. Your child will need to move their name to the correct place depending on whether they are going to have a blue, green, purple or packed lunch. Please name your child’s lunchbox as many lunchboxes are the same design.
For the first few weeks we will be getting to know the children. They will become familiar with the rules and routines of the classroom. The topic focus for this half term will be ‘Once upon a time...’ It will be really useful for the children to become familiar with traditional nursery rhymes and songs. To obtain your child’s input on this topic you will receive a copy of our planning and a feedback sheet. In future, this will be uploaded to our school website. Please discuss the topic with your child and jot down any ideas they, or you, have that we can include in our planning. We will do this for every topic we cover during the year. In the past we have found that the children have some really super ideas and parents may have knowledge or resources about a topic that can really enhance it.
Our school website is regularly updated by all members of staff. You will find our weekly school newsletter particularly useful. I will also be updating our class blog every week to inform you of our classroom activities and adventures. The class page will also be used as a means of giving announcements and news so please check this at least once a week. The topic planning will also be uploaded to our Reception class page on the school website. To access the school website please visit www.tardebigge.worcs.sch.uk
We encourage all of the children at Tardebigge to read daily. Reading diaries are checked everyday and those who have read receive a team point. More information regarding reading at home will be given at the curriculum evening. Your child will be sent home with a guided reading book in their book bags but please feel free to read any books you have at home as well. Book bags can also be used by parents or the school to put any letters or forms in. Please ensure your child’s book bag is in school and checked every day.
The children will have the chance to go on nature walks, minibeast hunts and explore the Forest School area every Tuesday morning with Mr Bennett. Children should come to school on a Tuesday wearing tracksuit bottoms and their school uniform tops. Please ensure your child has waterproofs in their book bag. At the end of the session we should only need to change the children out of their waterproofs and wellies. We ask that your child has a pair of named wellington boots that can be kept at school. It is a good idea to also supply extra clean dry socks in their book bags on Tuesdays just in case! It is important that on cold days your child wears extra layers of clothing as well as gloves and hats. If your child is cold they will not enjoy the activities planned. For Forest School to run effectively we need a high adult ratio. If you can help on a Tuesday morning please let Mrs Hartle or Mr Bennett know. Forest School will start on 11th September.
We will be doing PE on Wednesday afternoons but PE kits should remain in school at all times. It is important that in addition to your child’s PE kit, they also have jogging bottoms as they may be outside. Please ensure that everything that comes into school (including hats and gloves etc) is CLEARLY LABELLED.
The children’s first PE session will be on 12th September.
Please ensure that your child has a named bottle of water in school everyday. We will ensure that they are given the opportunity to have regular water breaks throughout the day. These bottles will need to be named as they are kept in the same area and MUST ONLY CONTAIN WATER! Water bottles should not be put in book bags as we have had many reading records and books damaged by leaking bottles.
Each week a different child will bring home a special box that they can fill with different items about themselves. Instructions will be inside the box. This will be an opportunity for your child to talk about themselves and answer any questions in front of the class. The items should be ‘interesting items’ that your child can talk about including photos and not just toys.
This is an assembly every Friday afternoon (starts at 2:40pm) that recognises children’s achievements that week. A Gold award (for effort and a positive mindset) and a Platinum award (for demonstrating Christian values) from each class are presented to the children during this assembly. You will be informed earlier in the week if your child has achieved either of these awards. The Gold award is a surprise for your child on the day and if your child has received the Platinum award, they can come to school on Friday wearing non-uniform.
Can you help?
If you would like to help in the classroom in any way please let us know. We would love parents to come in and play games with small groups of children, read with the children, help with caterpillar phonics, supervise the painting table or help plant up our allotment area. If you can spare a bit of time please let us know.
We are looking forward to an exciting year and hope that your child enjoys their first year at school. If you or your child have any worries or concerns please do not hesitate to come and speak to us so that we can work together to resolve any issues (however small, we know that they are important to you and your child). If you have any exciting news please feel free to share with us. Our positive partnership is paramount to your child’s successful learning journey.
Katie Hartle and the Reception Team