Reception 2020 intake
24th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
You may have heard through the news and media that the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework is changing from September 2021 for all schools. Schools could opt to be an ‘Early Adopter’ and begin working on this framework during this academic year.
As a reception team, we decided to take the plunge, and have been accepted as ‘Early Adopters’. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to begin using the new framework, which we believe aligns with our school ethos and vision. Using the framework, we hope that children will have a greater opportunity to master the knowledge and skills required for Year 1 beyond.
Our reception curriculum has a focus on good quality, and meaningful play, where our highly skilled staff support your children in moving through the developmental stages and milestones.
I have included under this document a copy of the new Early Learning Goals. You can read the ‘EYFS early adopter framework- Development Matters’ by following the link below:
In the final term of the year, the EYFS Profile will be completed for each child. The Profile provides parents/carers, practitioners and teachers with a well- rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, as well as their attainment against the Early Learning Goals. This information will be reported to you along with regular updates from your child’s class teacher throughout the academic year.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, or your child’s class teacher through the school office.
As we try to keep the different year groups safe, and reduce the risk of cross-contamination across bubbles, we now need to review our systems. At the moment there is a crossover with key stage 2 lunchtime , and the afternoon sessions for our new reception children.
If your child is currently attending for an afternoon session, please use the gate on Harvey Road to enter the school. This will be opened by a member of staff just before your drop off and collection time. We cannot have parents walking across our playground whilst the older children are outside for their play time.
Thank you for your understanding.
Please also be aware: A form and log-in details for school lunches has been tucked inside your child's reading journal. All reception and ks1 children are entitled to a free lunch, but these will need to be booked in advance.
Final preparations for your reception child’s start to school
Dear parents and carers
As we draw closer to your child’s first day at school, I wanted to update you on some of the actions we have taken following the most recent government guidance, and answer some questions that have arisen.
First and foremost, the EYFS team want you to know how excited they are to welcome your child to school. The team have spent many, many hours in school over the Summer holidays ensuring that our school environment complies with government guidelines, as well as ensuring that we are set up to give your child the best possible start to their schooling.
We look forward to spending some time with you and your child for the stay and play sessions. Please refer to your welcome pack for your allocated slots. Your child does not need to wear uniform for these sessions. We would ask that only one adult attends with each child. We will be asking adults and children to wash their hands on entry to school, and socially distance from other adults throughout the session. There will be no more than 7 households per class in any one slot, and we will have the outdoor space open for play with a limited number of people in the classroom at any one time.
Bring some small change with you to the stay and play. We have a number of books which we no longer require, and some pre-loved school uniform. Help yourself and pop a donation in our honesty box. We will be using any money raised to buy some new furniture for our doll’s house.
Your child’s first day at school will be on 9th September for either a morning or afternoon session. If you are unsure of your timings, please contact the school office.
Government guidance for EYFS differs slightly to the rest of the school in terms of safety precautions and measures. Please find below a list of measures and systems which are in place:
Acorns and Chestnuts class will form their own ‘bubble’. This means that these 2 classes will not mix with any other classes in school.
From the 9th September, children will be collected by a member of staff from the fences at the edge of the outdoor classroom. It is important that we do not have parents congregating in this area. We would encourage only 1 parent/adult to drop off and collect to help minimise the number of adults on site.
I must also ask that if you are entering school by the Harvey Road Gate, please be respectful of our neighbours. They are of an older generation, who are vulnerable to Covid-19. By school being open, their isolation is lessened. There is no place in our school community for parking over driveways and rudeness to our neighbours.
Staff will bring children out to the fences of the outdoor classroom. Please stand back from the gate until you are called over by a member of staff.
Arrangements in school
All classrooms will be well ventilated. Teachers will plan many outdoor learning activities and therefore it is essential that the children come suitably dressed for all weather possibilities. It will not be possible, nor is it required, to enforce social distancing measures with children in EYFS. This means that children will come into contact with all the children in their class and they are likely to come into contact with all the children in the year group during outside free flow and lunchtimes. Children will wash their hands often and surfaces and equipment will be regularly sanitised.
Children do not need to bring their own stationery to school. Classroom based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the class bubble; these will be cleaned regularly, along with all frequently touched surfaces.
There will be no traditional whole school or key stage assemblies during the first part of the autumn term. These will be replaced by virtual assemblies.
Enhanced cleaning regimes
Since lockdown and opening for keyworker children, our school has had enhanced cleaning systems in place and has also been regularly deep cleaned. We have adjusted our cleaning rotas with our site team to ensure that more regular cleaning goes on during the school day – with particular attention paid to those surfaces that are frequently touched like door handles. School staff not normally involved in these duties like teachers and support staff have also been helpful in keeping their own classrooms clean and extra materials have been provided for this purpose. We anticipate these arrangements will stay in place until further notice.
Coats and bags
As children have their own cloakroom facilities in their individual classrooms, coats and bags can be left in their normal places. A change of clothes in school is useful. Please keep items brought into school to a minimum as much as possible.
The school office is only open to one person at a time due to its size. If you need office support, you must wait outside until the person before you has left, or call the school and we can answer your questions over the phone. The school is closed to all school visitors except the police (or other emergency services), the school nurse and social workers
Teachers will provide you with their email address. This is purely for important information that cannot be shared quickly as you say goodbye to your child. If something is urgent and private that needs to be shared, please call the school office and a message can be taken by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
I would like to add at this point, teachers get many emails every day. While their emails are on from the moment they step foot into school, it will not be possible for them to engage in lengthy email replies during the school day. Their priority in the morning is to ensure that everything is ready for a day of teaching. They will be in a better position to respond in detail at the end of the day.
Wrap around care
Breakfast and after school club will open on Thursday 3rd of September. Please book your child in via Mrs Kirkwood if you need this provision.
Snack, lunches and water bottles
We will provide a morning snack of fruit. From 28th September your child will be having lunch at school. Either send in a lunch from home, or book your child’s lunch on ParentPay, this will be available to book from 9th September. They will be provided with a hot lunch but the choice will be less.
Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. This must be taken home daily.
Before your child leaves home in the morning, please check for any of the following symptoms:
• A high temperature
• A new, continuous cough
• A loss of, or change to the sense of smell or taste
If any of these symptoms are evident, do not send your child to school. Report your child’s absence on 01933 224169 and report the symptom/s your child is experiencing. You must follow the government advice and arrange for a test which can be done at home or by visiting a testing centre. Please make sure you let us know of the outcome of the test results. Details of testing can be found by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
We can discuss any further questions you may have during the stay and plays. We look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming days and weeks.
Mrs Kelly Collins
This is your transition to school timetable. It is gradual to give us time to get to know you and your children in smaller groups. This will give us a good foundation for the year, and is especially important because we missed so many of our transition activities before the Summer due to lockdown restrictions.
Your time slots for the stay and play sessions, and whether your child will be attending morning or afternoon sessions for the first few weeks, is on the label on your school pack. If you are unsure, you can always phone school to check.
We will provide your child with a FREE book bag and PE bag. To order any other uniform, follow the instructions contained within the letter below:
Hello to all of our new families!
Before children returned to school on 1st June, our current EYFS team made this video for you to enjoy and share with your children.