The Reception Team
Ducklings - Mrs Read and Miss McCauley
Doors opens at 8:40am -Register 8:45am - 8:55am
Children who arrive after 8:45am but before 9:15am will be marked as 'Late' (L) whilst the register is open. This will not affect the attendance percentage but persistent lateness will lead to parents meeting with senior leaders to discuss posible support and find solutions to prevent further lateness. Failure to improve lateness may lead to parents been reported to the Local Authority Attendance Team.
Children who arrive after 9:15am (All year groups) will be marked as 'Late' (U) after the register has closed. This will count against the attendance rate. Persistent lateness after 9:15am will raise safeguarding concerns and further actions will be taken to support the parents to improve the attendance rate. Parents will be reported to the Local Authority Attendance Team who may have direct involvement with parents.
Communication with the Team
- Morning communications when children arrive must be brief (teachers are busy starting lessons). If needed, hand over a written note to provide more detail and we can phone you during the day.
- Teachers are usually available at the end of each day for a short chat if needed.
- Alternatively send an email to and this will be forwarded to the relevant teacher.
- Tapestry is used to communicate progress with learning.
- Water bottle (named)
- Book bag - with school books and reading diary inside each day.
- Named lunchbox (if not having school meals).
All other resources are provided by the school.
Wednesday = Welly Wednesday
Friday = PE Day
Children will come to school in their PE Kit on the days they have PE.
- School logo jade t-shirt
- Navy shorts
- White socks (sports socks ideal)
- Plain Trainers – for outdoor games
- Navy School logo hoodie (optional)
- As above
- Grey, black or navy plain tracksuit bottoms or leggings
- Grey, black or navy plain tracksuit top
- Thermal compression tops – ‘skins’ (optional but recommended)
- Gloves (not allowed for sports activities involving hands such as netball, basketball, throwing and catching)
Welly Wednesday - each Wednesday afternoon we will spend time outside in our nature area. Please ensure suitable outdoor clothing is sent in for children to wear on a Wednesday to match the weather, e.g. welly boots, coat, hat gloves and scarf etc. Normal school uniform still needs to be worn on this day please.
Phonics – Please practise the weekly sounds and words sent home every Thursday
Reading – It is expected that your child reads at home daily for at least 10 minutes with an adult. Re-reading a book several times, becoming familiar with tricky words in a book and asking questions to develop reading comprehension skills can be useful. Please record any reading at home in your child’s school reading diary.
Please routinely check Tapestry for updates about your child’s learning, including next steps for learning, and tips for how you can support at home.
How Can I Support My Child?
We are very aware that a day in Reception can be extremely busy and therefore no homework is set. However the reading of stories to your child is a super way to support their learning! Choose a book together, look at and talk about the front cover. Who is the author? Where is the title of the book? What do they think the story will be about?
As you share your book stop to look at the illustrations and ask questions about what has happened and what might happen. Encourage your child to use the correct tense in their discussion. Can they recognise any words? Any letters? If there is a nice easy decodable word can they help you?
Games of I Spy are great for encouraging phonics. Learn those nursery rhymes- rhyme is a vital part of hearing and recognising phonic patterns.
In maths work on counting up to 20 and beyond. Can your child recognise numbers to 20? Play 1 more than and 1 less than on numbers to 20. Look for shapes around the house. Squares, circles, rectangles, triangles or hexagons! Look for solid shapes too- we concentrate on cubes, cuboids and cylinders. (Tins in the cupboard are a great example of cylinders!)
All this can be done incidentally when you’re out and about or at home.