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Starting School in the Foundation Stage

In addition to the information outlined in the school prospectus, please read the following information before your child starts in September.

The EYFS curriculum and changes

The new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is divided into 7 areas; 3 prime areas (Literacy, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development) and 4 specific areas (Communication and Language, Knowledge of the World, Mathematics, and Expressive Arts and Design).
Children's learning opportunists will be planned and assessed against the Early Learning Goals within the 40-60 month age bracket. Teachers will make a professional judgement using a range of observations, child initiated and guided learning, and examples of work, to identify if a child is emerging (below average) expected (average) or exceeding (above average) in each Early Learning Goal, in all areas of the curriculum.
Final summative assessments will be made at the end of the summer term, before the child begins Year 1.
The learning in a Reception class is a combination of adult guided activities, and child initiated learning or free-flow activities (children choosing an activity, and completing work independently). Children often refer the child initiated learning as 'play', but please be reassured they are working hard, in a hands-on, and child centred environment.


What to do on the first day

Bring your children round to the brown door in the court yard. At 8.50, where either Mrs Bonwick or Miss Winwick will come to the door,then you can bring your children in. They will have a coat peg with their name on. Please show this to them so that they know where their coat, Ruck sack and PE bag are hung. On the first day they will not have any packed lunch so you need to bring them into the class room and settle them into an activity.

At 9.00 the bell will ring for the rest of the school and at this point you need to leave your child. Even if they are upset we would like you to leave as the children calm down much quicker once you have left.

You will need to pick your child up at 12.00 from the main entrance.

Coming in

The following day your child will be in full time unless the class teacher feels that settling in was a problem for them. They will come in through the brown door at 8.50 when the class teacher is ready. They will hang up their coat and put their packed lunch on the trolley. and put their name card on either packed lunch or school dinner and then come into the class to do an activity


Once the children are in all day they are collected at 3.20 from the reception garden area. You get to this by going through the playground and following a small path to some black gates. Go through the gates and wait there. If there are any pieces of equipment out please do not let any small children play on it. At 3.20 we will let the children out one at a time once we see the adult who is picking them up.

Equipment needed
  • P.E Kit
  • Plimsoles
  • Water bottle
  • Fruit for break time
  • Back pack to put things in to keep safe

How to speak to an adult if needed/ home-school communication

If you need to speak to the class teacher please wait until all the children have been collected before you approach the teacher. If you need to speak before school starts please go to the office and make an appointment or ask if the teacher is available if it is urgent.

Support expected with learning at home

Once your child has settled in they will be given a book bag, a reading book and a reading record book. Please make sure you read the book with your child, talking about the pages and asking questions about the text.


  • Spellings in the summer term.
  • Talk about topic and the word of the week.
  • During the holiday please practice holding a pencil correctly and writing their name. Practice counting and talking about numbers.

PE kits

The children need to have their PE kits in school all week. They will be sent home at the end of every half term; however if you want to wash it more often you need to ask your child to take it home.

Labelling of clothing etc

Everything needs to be named. Clothes, coat, water bottle, fruit. Everything needs to be looked at every week to ensure your child is able to read their name on all their things.