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Starting Reception August 2022

w/c 12.09.22

The current  EYFS 2022/23 information page is now moving - please select Early Years Foundation Stage from the drop down menu instead of this one for information abut next week. Many thanks.





w/c 5.9.22

Wow! What a brilliant first week we have had in EYFS. Please click on the 'Rainbow' icon below to read our welcome letter.


We have some lovely photographs of the first week to share with you. Please could everyone return any outstanding 'Photograph Permission' forms, so that we can post the photos on here, minus any children who can't be in them. Many thanks.


This week is all about settling into our routines, getting to know all the staff and staying for dinners - they can all have free school dinners or bring their own packed lunch! Please be re-assured that we will be helping the children with their meal selection and you can also look at the menus beforehand and discuss them with your child. Staff will be having a late lunch after the children have gone home, so that we can stay with the children throughout their lunch breaks this week. 


Remember Mrs Baldwin's class enter at the gate near the ball court and Mrs Wright's children enter at the gate near the public toilets. Parents will then go round through the front of the school to enter the hall for their welcome chat with our head teacher, Mr Miller. At the end of this, parents will leave through the front exit and return to the gate where they dropped off their child.


You will be split into two classes for things like the register, some lesson introductions, parent/teacher meetings. However, most of the time we operate as one larger 'bubble' and the children mix freely with each other throughout our indoor and outdoor classroom spaces. Although you will be assigned to one class teacher, all of the staff work with all of the children on various tasks. If you scroll down all the way to the very bottom of this page, you can click on the icons to see and hear Mrs Baldwin and Mrs Wright reading you a story.


Most of you were given a book bag at your 'stay and play' session before the holiday. A few of you who came to an early visit slot or couldn't make the sessions have a book bag waiting in school for you - please just let the teacher know that you didn't get one. 

To start with you will just need to bring your book bag to school and a water bottle - don't forget to name them!

In order to ensure a smooth transition for your child starting school in September, we will be having staggered sessions for their first few weeks of the term.  This reduces the number of children in the class initially so that it is less overwhelming for them and makes things like the first time to the dinner hall better for them. EYFS will be completely full with 60 children. The children will be split into two groups depending on their date of birth called 'younger' or 'older' for these staggered start sessions. If your child is born on or before 9th March 2018, they are our 'older' children. Children born on or after 10th March, 2018 are our 'younger' children. There is a timetable below setting out when your child’s sessions will be. Please click on the 'older' or 'younger' icon, depending on your child's date of birth. Please note all children will be in full time on MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER.




Best wishes,

The EYFS Team.

The PTA have kindly bought a book bag for each of you that we will be giving out at the start of term.

In terms of uniform, please wear school uniform at the start of term each day until we are all in full time. From the week commencing September 12th your child may come already dressed in their P.E. kit and trainers twice a week on our P.E. days (which days will be confirmed in September, once the whole school hall timetable has been decided) and school uniform the rest of the week.


During the summer you may want to make a scrapbook about your family, hobbies, pets, day trips or holidays etc to bring into school and keep in you drawer to share with your new friends and teachers.


If any of you, your parents or grandparents love gardening there is a bay marked EYFS in the school garden and you are welcome to visit it during the summer holiday and plant anything you like and look after it during the summer. Take some photos during the summer to ‘Show and Tell’ your new class about. 

This is how our desks are arranged to make it easy for us to works in groups on various activities.