Reception 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Reception!
WE NOW OFFER 30 HOUR PLACES FOR NURSERY CHILDREN!
Please enquire in the school office if you are interested.
Our school day begins at 8:45am. Children are encouraged to come in to school independently.
Your child has their own coat peg, in the cloakroom, and a tray in class. Any letters to be sent home will be put in their tray, along with any personal belongings. At the end of each day, the children check their trays for anything that needs to be taken home.
Your child should have received their free book bag. Please make sure this comes in to school every day. The book bag will contain a reading book and planner. Please write any messages you have for myself, in the planner, and record when you have heard your child read in here also. You should be reading with your child every night. There is a space at the end of each weekly page, for you to sign your child’s planner.
Each morning starts with 'dough disco'. We exercise using dough to strengthen the muscles in our hands so that we become AMAZING writers! We enjoy daily ‘Read Write Inc. session (phonics), where we learn a different sound every day, then learn to blend those sounds together to be able to read words independently.
After carpet time is over, the children access the provision around the classroom (or outdoors if they prefer), with adult directed tasks available also.
Snack is available throughout the day, as and when the children want it. Milk, water and healthy snacks are on offer for the children, along with 'special snack' every Thursday.
Children may access the outdoor area when they choose, throughout the day. We have a range of activities available outdoors and are in the process of developing our outdoor area. We have lots of ideas to enhance our outdoor learning environment.
Our ‘Mud Kitchen’ is one of the most popular areas. We provide waterproof jackets and pants for the children to put on if they want to play in the mud kitchen.
Please provide wellies for your child (with their name in), which can be kept in the cloakroom for them to wear if the weather in bad.
The children go for their dinner at 11:45. Myself and Miss McLoughlin stay with the children while they are eating their dinner. We model and encourage table manners and how to use a knife, fork and spoon correctly. The children go on to the infant playground at 12o’clock. Dinner time ends at 1pm.
Our afternoon session starts at 1pm. This runs very similarly to the morning session. The school day finishes at 3:15pm. Please collect your child from the EYFS playground.
Come and See/Collective Worship
Each day, we have some quiet time, or ‘collective worship’. We light a candle, play some quiet music and think about people who may need our prayers. Our Religious Education scheme is called ‘Come and See’. During Come and See sessions, we learn about the Catholic faith through topics such as ‘Families’, ‘Baptism’, ‘Celebrating’ etc.
In the welcome pack you received when your child got a place at Holy Cross, there was a form for you to sign which granted permission for your child to take part in trips within our local area. There will be out of school trips planned throughout the year, along with ‘treat days’ at the end of each term. We will sometimes ask for help from parents for our trips.
Marvellous Me and Twitter
You will have received a letter explaining our 'Marvellous Me' award system. Please set up your account and look at all of the stickers your child has been given in school.
We regularly update our Reception Twitter page so please follow us and Tweet us some pictures of your child, showing us all the amazing things they have done : @holycrosssthel1
Please ensure your child has a full P.E. kit on their peg. This can stay in school however we will send them home to be washed every half term. Please make sure your child’s name is in every item (including pumps).
Your child will be given 'working together homework' (see link). This is in the style of a project or activity which you can do together. For example, baking together in the style of 'The Great British Bake Off'.
Your child is also expected to practise their school reading book every night, alongside reading for pleasure and practising recognising their sounds and reading/spelling their high frequency words (see link).
Below are links to 3 web pages which support communication and language development at home from birth. Please take a look:
I am sure your child will enjoy their time in Reception class. They have certainly made an excellent start. We are excited to see how they progress and grow throughout the year.
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