Starting School

Mrs O'Dea

Executive Headteacher

Mrs Burdett

Head of School

Mrs Sheern

Deputy Headteacher

Our Inclusion Team

Mrs Sheern

Inclusion Manager & SENCO

Mrs Ankin

Home/School Liaison Officer

Is responsible for attendance and health care plans. She is also able to make referrals on to outside agencies who can support families within their homes.

Mrs Hucker

Learning Mentor

Works with children in school who require a greater level of pastoral support.

The inclusion team will work closely with the pre schools should a child be transferring up to Great Wakering with additional needs.

Care plans or transition plans will be put in place to support the transition and will be reviewed a few weeks in to the Autumn Term.


The school work closely along side Rochford Extended Services and through them can access family support workers, food bank vouchers, grants to support families who are struggling financially as well as a range of educational support workers.

WREN CLASS - RECEPTION STAFF

Mrs Lupton

Class Teacher

Miss Colwell

Class Teacher

Miss De Mello

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Sarah Reayner

Learning Support Assistant

ROBIN CLASS - RECEPTION STAFF

Mrs Guilcher

Class Teacher

Mrs Willson

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Boyce

Learning Support Assistant

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

  • The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the stage of education for children from birth to the end of the Reception year.

  • It is based on the recognition that children learn best through play and active learning.

Three prime areas of learning and development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development


Four specific areas of learning and development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


The three characteristics of effective learning- how young children learn- these are taken into account when we plan and guide children’s activities.


  1. Playing and exploring

  2. Active learning

  3. Creating and thinking critically



Throughout your child’s year with us in Reception, you will be kept updated on your child’s choice of activities, progress in all areas of the curriculum and achievements through comments and photographs linked to their learning.

Each child has their own account and each parent will have their own personal login details.



School Uniform

Autumn/Winter

Spring/Summer

P.E.

You need a t-shirt, shorts and trainers (all named) Jogging trousers and jumper will be needed in the winter months.


Book Bags & Uniform Names

Please clearly write the first name or initials on book bags and uniform, including shoes and trainers. You can also ask the uniform ship to embroider these.

Helpful tip - Attach a personal keyring/chain onto your child's book bag which will help them recognise and find the bag easier.

What to bring to school

Book bag

PE Kit

Coat

Water bottle

Wellies

What NOT to bring to school

Pencil cases

Toys

Teddy bears

Sweets, crisps or snacks

Parental Involvement

  • Tuesday afternoon 3.05-3.25 – Each Tuesday afternoon feel free to pop into school and look at the work we have been doing in class.

  • Any concerns or notices at school gate – There will always be an adult present at the gate. Please give notices to them and they will pass them onto the class teacher.

  • Homework – Homework is handed out each Thursday - please ensure it is handed in by the following Wednesday.

  • Home school Reading Record books - When you read at home, please write in the home school book. We like to hear how your child is progressing.


Before your child starts school...

Talk about coming to school

Walk past school

Try uniform on

Practise getting changed

Communicate with the school about any issues

Name everything!

When your child starts school, we would like them to be able to...

Recognise their name

Use the toilet independently

Get dressed/undressed independently

Open their lunchbox

Use cutlery

Tidy up after themselves

Take Turns

Parent Workshops


In the Autumn term there will be a maths and a phonics workshop to help parents understand some of the things their children will be learning in class. These are really helpful even if they are a refresher!



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A typical day in Reception

8:35 - Come in, hang coat up and morning activities.

8:45 - Register and lunch choices

8:55 - Phonics Session

9.20 - Group Reading Session

9:45 - Snack time (Reception only - this is provided)

10:05 - Free-flow (focus groups or independent choosing)

11:30 - Talk for Writing (English whole class focus)

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Register

13:05 - Maths session

13:25 - Free-flow (focus groups or independent choosing)

14:30 - Tidy up and story

15:05 - Home Time

Group reading - These sessions introduce new vocabulary, develop comprehension. Children explore fiction and non-fiction books and learn to differentiate between them. They discuss settings, characters and story content. Children also learn to recognise the sequence of events and reflect on how the stories make them feel.

Talk for writing - Throughout the school, each class uses talk for writing to teach and support writing. The best writers are readers. To write you need to be familiar with language rhythms and patterns. To write a sentence pattern you need to be able to say it and you cannot say it, without hearing it. Reading builds up children's imagination and allows them to internalise vocabulary and sentence patterns. The richness, depth and breadth of reading shapes and determines the writers we become. They learn a variety of texts and their structure, then use the structure to innovate and write their own versions - poems, stories, recounts, letters, instructions, reports etc. Innovations are more verbal in EYFS but once again, foundations are being laid in order for the children to build on their writing skills as they progress through the school.

Free flow - During free flow activities we provide children with many different opportunities and experiences, which covers different aspects of the curriculum such as art and design, fine and gross motor skills, communication and language, social and emotional skills and understanding the world.

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PE Lessons

P.E. happens on a weekly basis. Your child’s PE kit will remain in school and be sent home every half term to be washed. Changing for PE is progressive. At first, they just change their shoes and we work up in stages to the full PE kit! Mrs Steel is our school sports coach and she gives the children a fantastic input towards their physical development through team games and specific skill sessions. Most of all, they are lots of fun!








Music Lessons

Every week, the children visit the music hut and have music lessons with Mrs Liston. They sing, dance and learn to play a variety of instruments.






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Theme Days

Each term we will have theme days linked to our learning. Some of these days we dress up for and others we will invite you to take part in. Dates for your diary will have all the upcoming events.












Outdoor learning

Outdoor learning is a great activity which includes team games, team working skills, an increase in their self belief, confidence, learning capacity, enthusiasm, communication, problem solving skills and emotional well being. It provides the children with the opportunity to take risks in a controlled environment.







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Lunch

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Dates for your diary


Stay and Play Sessions 09:30 - 10:30 Group of 15

Monday 11th July 2022 Wren Class Group A

Tuesday 12th July 2022 Wren Class Group B

Wednesday 13th July 2022 Robin Class Group A

Thursday 14th July 2022 Robin Class Group B

Thursday 8th September 2022 Wren Class - Coffee for parents

Friday 9th September 2022 Robin Class - Coffee for parents


Thursday 1st September 2022 - Wednesday 7th September

20 minute individual meetings - parents and teachers. Individual times allocated


Children start school week beginning 12th September 2022

Monday 12th September 2022 09:00 - 12:00 All children - morning session

Tuesday 13th September 2022 09:00 - 12:00 All children - morning session

Wednesday 14th September 2022 09:00 - 13:00 All children - stay for lunch

Thursday 15th September 2022 09:00 - 14:50 All children - stay all day

Friday 16th September 2022 09:00 - 14:50 All children - stay all day


Week beginning 19th September 2022 all children will come in as normal 08:35 - 15:05.