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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."


Autumn Term 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                                                                 September 2018    


Welcome to Beckford Reception.  We hope you had a good summer and that your child’s first term in Reception will be an enjoyable and exciting time.  We would like to let you know about some of the class routines and to give you an outline of the teaching and learning that will take place.

Our priority in this first term is that the children feel safe, happy and secure in their new environment and that they build relationships with the other children in their class and the adults who are working with them. Our aim is for the classrooms to be busy and fun places where the children can develop the skills to become independent and enthusiastic learners.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum covers 7 areas of learning and development that shape the

Reception curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

These three areas are:

· Communication and Language

· Physical Development

· Personal, Social & Emotional Development

We also support children in four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These areas are:

· Literacy

· Mathematics

· Understanding the world

· Expressive Art & Design

Each area of learning and development is implemented through planned purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play is essential for children’s development, building their confidence as they learn to explore, to think about problems, and relate to others. We would like to reassure you that if your child is not bringing home a vast amount of paper work, it does not mean they are not learning.

Throughout all these areas opportunities are given to children to experience a rich language environment, to develop their skills in expressing themselves and speak and listen in a range of situations.

Our planned opportunities for this term will be linked to the following topic themes:

· All About Me

· In the Night Sky

· Festivals (ongoing throughout the year)

A day in reception

After stay and play, there will be a short carpet session where we introduce the key text we are learning and model the activities that will be set up in the continuous provision. The children are then able to learn independently in both the indoor and outdoor areas, during which time adults observe the children and work with individuals and groups on focused activities. There is a whole class phonics session before lunch and a maths session in the afternoon.


Children will have regular opportunities to choose and change a story book for you to share with them. If your child wishes to keep a book for a few days because they are enjoying it, that is absolutely fine—repetition is very important at this stage and it will give the children more self-confidence when reading aloud to others. It is through enjoyment and sharing of books that children will learn to read and develop a love of books. If you would like to come and share stories or songs in your home language please let us know—the children really enjoy the experience!

When the children are settled, we will send home independent reading books for them to read to you, these will be changed once a week. It is vital to read with your child for five to ten minutes every day to give them time to practise and develop their confidence. At this stage, it is fine to read the book together first and then let your child have a go by themselves—maybe just one or two pages at a time. When children start learning to read, there are many reading behaviours which can support them.

· Use picture cues—discuss what is happening in the pictures.

· Point to each word as you read it.

· As children’s phonic knowledge emerges, you can encourage your child to sound out words (but 
  not sight words such as ‘the,’ ‘I’ - these will be learned by sight!)

Please feel free to write in your child’s reading record or have a chat with a team member to let us know how your child is getting on. It is important that you send your child’s reading folder in every day and check in the evening to see if any letters have been sent home.


During the week  our P.E  teacher will be visiting the Reception classes to work with the children to further develop their skills in this area. Your child does not require a P.E kit at this stage, but please ensure your child has appropriate foot wear e.g trainers or plimsolls. P.E is on Mondays in Lily class and Fridays in Avon class.


It is very important that the children arrive punctually. Please bring your child to the classroom door from 8:50am to help to settle them. Learning begins promptly at 9:00am. When a child is late it can cause anxiety for them and they miss out on the introduction to the day’s learning. It is  important that your child attends school every day and develops good habits early on!  The school closely monitors attendance and punctuality. You are welcome to stay with your child until 9.15 each morning. The purpose of this time is  to settle your child and see how the children learn at school.

At the end of the day children can be collected from their classrooms (doors leading to playground).  Please let us know if there is going to be a change to the usual collection arrangement, as we are not permitted to release children to anyone but you without written or verbal permission. If you are late collecting your child this can cause them unnecessary anxiety. If an emergency arises, please contact the school as soon as possible.

Fruit is available for the children throughout the day. They can also bring a named water bottle to use at school (please ensure this is refilled with fresh water everyday). All children are now eligible for a free school meal but if your child is having a packed lunch, please ensure it is healthy (no crisps, chocolate, sweets or fizzy drinks). As we are a healthy school it is now our policy not to accept birthday cakes or treats. However, we will celebrate all birthdays in the classroom  with special stickers and songs.


It is essential that your child’s clothing (including jumpers, cardigans and coats) be named. Our school uniform means that the children have identical clothing which can easily be mistaken for someone else’s.  Please remember that jewellery is not allowed in school for safety reasons. Often buttons, buckles, belts etc. are difficult for little fingers to deal with - especially when you are busy and in a hurry to return to your activity.  Comfortable shoes are important for using the climbing equipment. 

The children will have access to the outdoor learning area throughout the day and in all weathers.  Please ensure your child wears suitable clothing for different weather conditions, for example, a water-proof coat.

As we are very much aware, there can be anxieties and worries for parents and young children when starting school, so if you have any concerns please do not hesitate to come and see us. We will help in anyway we can. You can make an after school appointment with the staff as our mornings are very busy.

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this year.

Best wishes,

Pandora Donegan  Berni Quirke & Michelle Headley( Avon Class) Sue Canning & Maxine Lee (Lily Class)