Reception September 2020 Starters
***In September 2020, this page will be closed and moved across to be with the other class pages.
This will be located under the 'Class Pages' tab on the homepage bar.***
Welcome to the new website page for all the families that have children starting at our school in September 2020.
First of all we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for selecting our school. We cannot wait for a time when we can safely welcome you properly.
If you keep an eye on this page, we will keep updating it with any information we need to share with you.
In the meantime, we would love to welcome you a lovely video which aims to welcome your child to our school and help prepare them for some of the things they will see. Can I please thank Arthur and Eric's Mummy and Daddy who put a huge amount of time and effort in to making this video possible.
Take care, stay safe and we will be in touch again shortly.
Below the video, there is a 'page contents' section which will outline what you can find on this page. This will help you keep up to date with whether there have been any additions since you last came on the page.
Reception class 2020 welcome video
Reception September 2020 - Contents.
Hello From Mrs Bowman - A welcome from Mrs Bowman and 4 downloadable information documents about ways to keep up to date with school activities, induction information and two documents to return to Mrs Bowman about your child.
Documents From The School Office - This section contains a welcome from the Headteacher, a welcome from the Business Manager and a series of school information documents, including information about 'After School Care Club 'and 'Breakfast Club'.
A Typical Reception School Day - This contains a downloadable breakdown of a typical day in Reception. This was pre COVID-19. Therefore, there may be variations next academic year, depending on government guidelines.
Parent Workshop PowerPoints - This section contains copies of PowerPoints that would have been shown/handed out at parent workshops, this half term. They relate to: 'A Year in Reception', 'Literacy In Reception', 'Mathematics In Reception'.
EYFS Development Matters Statements - This downloadable document outlines learning objectives covered over the year in Reception.
Story Time With Mrs Bowman - This is a chance to have a story read to you by your new class teacher Mrs Bowman.
September Induction List - This contains a document that outlines which session children will be attending during the 2 week September induction period and includes session timings.
Internet Activity Links - This contains two downloadable documents that contain internet links for interactive maths and literacy games / activities.
Parent Questions About September This contains answers to some questions some parents have asked via e mail and starting inSeptember.
Hello From Mrs Bowman.
If you are reading this message right now, it means that word has got around about this web page! It is great to now have the opportunity to say hello and welcome you to our school.
I will start with a huge apology that we obviously can't welcome you in our usual way, as I know parent's have found our induction process very helpful in the past. I will do everything I can though, to try to enable a smooth transition to school.
Below this message there will be a grey box with some downloadable documents in.
The first document just outlines ways you can keep in touch with school and see what is going on.
The second document outlines how our September induction is usually organised. It is important to note though that, at present, we are going through unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the current situation and follow advice and guidance in order to keep all our children and staff safe. We will provide you with more definite plans for September as soon as schools have further guidance.
The third document is one that we usually hand out for parents to complete with their child and then return to school. It gives the staff in class the opportunity to find out about some of your child's interests before they arrive. We then try to incorporate some of these interests within the classroom over the course of the year.
Finally, the fourth document just asks for some information that is useful for me to know as the class teacher. The office may contact you for some similar information in time. It mentions the two week induction period in September which some of you may not be familiar with.
If you are able to return the third and fourth document to my class e mail address firstname.lastname@example.org, I will then be able to reply and send you a copy of your child's personalised tray and bag label. This way, your child can see it and be familiar with it before they arrive in September.
Thank you in advance for your patience with this new form of induction we have had to implement and I look forward to a time when I can safely meet you all. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e mail me. I am currently in school full time with the current reception children that have returned to school and delivering home school support to the rest of the class but I promise I will try to respond to you as quickly as possible.
Take care and stay safe. Mrs Bowman x
Documents From The School Office
If you click on the 'New Starter Documents Sep 2020' link in the grey box below, you will find a number of documents that can be downloaded.
We usually hand these out to families at our first welcome meeting. They include a welcome letter from the Headteacher, and a welcome letter from the Business Manager. These welcome letters can be found at the end of page 2 of the downloads.
The welcome letter from the Business Manager explains some of the other downloadable documents and outlines what to do with the documents that need to be returned to the school office.
A Typical Day In Reception
Below, I have attached a document which outlines a generalised day in Reception. There are obviously variations from day to day but it gives you an outline of how a day generally runs. The outline is a typical day before we had to partially close for COVID-19.
We are now at a stage where we have almost all of our current Reception children back in school. However, they are following a slightly different timetable from the one attached. This is due to such things as staggered school start and finish times, staggered break and lunchtimes and increased washing opportunities. School is continuing to constantly monitor government guidance. The school will contact parents regarding September arrangements closer to the time, following further guidance from the Local Authority and the Government.
I apologise for not being able to be more definite about exact arrangements at this stage. However, I am sure you will all appreciate these are very unprecedented times we are navigating together. I can assure you though, that we will be doing everything we can to try to make sure your child's days are fun, enjoyable, supportive and safe when we meet each other in September.
Parent Workshop PowerPoints.
I have attached an adapted version of the three PowerPoints that I would have shown during our induction parent workshops.
This year, we had planned to carry out two workshops which would have involved your children spending the afternoon in the Reception classroom and I would have delivered some workshops with parents in the hall. This year we were going to combine the reading/writing and maths workshop, so that parents did not have to take as much time off work, prior to the September induction.
The first PowerPoint outlines some key features of Reception and includes some information about day to day things i.e. information about PE bags.
The other two PowerPoints give some details about literacy and maths in Reception, what to expect and some ideas of things that can be done with your child at home. I am working on creating a bank of internet links that I will add to the web page shortly. These will provide some ideas of places where you can find supportive activities to use with your child, if you would like to continue learning at home.
I would normally talk through the PowerPoints and show some resources. As I am not able to do that, I have tried to add a little more detail to the PowerPoints. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on the reception e mail address.
EYFS Development Matters Objectives.
I have attached a document we use in school for tracking. It is not the full EYFS curriculum document but it outlines the main objectives that we usually cover over the duration of reception. We usually find that the vast majority of children will be working within the 30/50 month age band or early 40/60 month band when they arrive at school and then the aim is to reach the 'Early Learning Goal' (ELG) by the end of reception. This will obviously vary depending on individual children's needs. Nursery settings provide assessment judgements and then as a school, we then carry out our own baseline assessment in September. This year, our baseline will be even more essential as some nursery settings are already contacting us but can only, understandably provide details up to March, due to early closures.
Story Time With Mrs Bowman
To All The New Reception Children,
Below, there is a video of me reading one of my favourite books. I am sorry I could not read it to you personally in the classroom. However, I think this is a great alternative. Hope you enjoy it as much as me.
Mrs Bowman x
September Induction Overview
Everybody should have received an e mailed letter now about which session your child will be starting on in September. If you have not received it yet, you could try looking back at the e mail I sent with your child's peg and tray label, as I sent it as an additional e mail in that thread. If you still have problems finding it, please contact me and I will be able to re send you it. Alternatively, the document below outlines which session all children will be attending first in September. It also includes information about start and finish times for the sessions. Thank you for your continued support through this time. Mrs Bowman x
Internet Activity Links
I know a couple of parents have asked about what they could do with their child before September.
Below, there are two downloadable documents that contain internet links to activities and games. I have adapted the lists slightly from ones that I gave my current class during Lockdown. They could be used on a rainy afternoon if you wanted to look for something for your child to do. Most of the sites contain a range of levels, allowing you to pick a game or activity suitable for your child.
If you do decide to try some out, i hope your child enjoys them. I know I enjoyed finding some of them!
Take Care - Mrs Bowman x
Below are a list of some questions that some parents have e mailed me about and the responses I have given, just in case anyone else had the same question but did not want to ask. If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to e mail me and after i have responded I will try to also add the response onto here for other parents.
Does my Reception child need to bring a pencil case to school? No it will not be necessary for Reception children to bring their own pencil case. Each child will have their own labelled pencil and then we will be cleaning other resources around the classroom more frequently and there will be hand sanitizers positioned around the classroom.
Does my Reception child need a water bottle? This is up to you under the current circumstances. We usually do not encourage this in Reception because we provide constant access to water and the children had milk delivered. The concern about water bottles is they can get left in school and then the water can get old in the bottles. However, if you would prefer your child to bring their own named bottle in, then that is absolutely fine.
Do I need to order a school dinner from my child from the office? No, the government currently provide funding so that Reception children can all receive a school dinner. Therefore this is already set up. Reception staff will help your child order their dinner in a morning and then help them collect their choice at lunch. Once we become familiar with their likes and dislikes, we will also help encourage which choices children make. We know that sometimes children order food they do not like, just because their friend is having it!
Are there any after school activity extra curricular clubs for Reception? Extra curricular clubs are subjected to ongoing guidance at the moment. However, even under usual circumstances the clubs are generally aimed at Year 1 and above. There has previously been a history club for Reception children. If this does run again, it will not be until at least the spring term.
Does Term begin on Monday? No, the school is not open to children on Monday 7th September. All year groups will begin on Tuesday 8th September. Monday is a staff inset day.
Clothing - This has not been a question but I wanted to pass on to parents that as part of the governments school guidance, classroom doors and windows have to be open through the day to allow good ventilation. This could potential result in the classroom feeling a bit cold at times. Therefore we would suggest you maybe pop an extra vest or something on your child if it is a cold day. Having said that, from my experience, children to do not appear to feel the cold like Mrs Hulton and myself!