Reception 2019 - 2020

Miss Vaughan

Welcome to Reception

With Miss Vaughan, Mrs Bristow and Mrs Williams and Mrs Barber.

A very warm welcome to all of our families. It is an exciting term ahead as your little ones start their very first year of ‘Big School!’ We really look forward to working with you and your children on our ‘Reception journey.'

To ease the transition into school life your child will attend half days for the first six school days. School starts on Wednesday 4th September and your child will attend either a morning (8:45- 11:45am) or an afternoon (12:20- 3:20pm) session. This time will give us the opportunity to get to know your child really well, enable them to become familiar with routines and expectations and allow them to explore indoor and outdoor learning environments. All children will start school full time on Thursday 12th September. Please may we remind you of our ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ event to be held on Friday 13th September, 2pm-3pm. (More information to follow)

We open the classroom at 8:45am each morning and we do encourage parents to help children hang their belongings and come in to the classroom, each morning, to complete a morning activity. Should you need to talk to a member of staff during this time, then please feel free to do so. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of staff at the end of the day should you need to. 

Image result for the night pirates, blurbOur learning in Reception is based very much around a creative curriculum that excites, stimulates, motivates and gives children a real sense of ‘purpose’ to learning. Our learning for this half term is based on the story 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris and Deborah Allbright. As a class we will be going into 'story world'. We will be using our magic story dust and our imaginations to bring the story to life. We will follow the story of a little boy called Tom who one night is awoken by noises outside of his house. He looks out of his window to find girl pirates! Tom joins their adventure to an island where some lazy pirates are not doing a very good job of guarding their treasure! Tom and the girl pirates carry out a surprise attack and are soon off on their way with treasure! The main themes that underpin this text, that we will be following and exploring are 'stereotypes', 'adventure' and 'rules.' There will be a strong focus on developing communication and language skills through the use of this text. 

We work very hard in developing our children's competence in Reading and love of books. Once the Image result for reading worm clipartchildren are settled we will be sending reading books home in their school book bag. We ask that you read with your child five times a week and record in your child's reading diary each time your child completes a read. You will receive three books from school, a week, one of which will be a school library book. The expectation is that your child reads their two school reading books to you and their school library book can be shared between yourself and your child. Should your child wish to read a book from home, this is absolutely encouraged and if they do please also record this as a read in their reading diary. 

PE is on a Tuesday afternoon. Children’s PE kits will remain in school each week. We will send them home in the holidays for a wash!

We will be keeping you up to date with our learning through your child's electronic learning journey on Tapestry. Any 'wow' moments that your child has out of school or learning that takes place, please, please upload it to your child's learning journal. We love to see what your child has been doing at home and it really helps us to build a holistic picture of your child's progress. 


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Contact the School

Highfield Primary School

Blacon Point Road

Tel: 01244 981140