Welcome to Reception!
Firstly, we would like to welcome you to Elms Farm Primary School, and to say how excited we are welcome you and your child to our school. We are delighted that you have chosen our school. Staring school is such a special; a time for new experiences, new friends and a step of being more independent for your child.
At Elms Farm we believe all children should have the opportunity to grow and succeed. We deliver the EYFS curriculum with ambition and allow the children to have lots of real life experiences.
We will ensure your child develops a positive attitude to school and learning, which will stay with them as they move through Elms Farm Primary School.
Our key values our ‘Ambition, Community & Equality’. We teach our pupils about these values so that they grow up to be ambitious, good citizens who treat everyone equally. Working closely with parents and carers is important to us in supporting our pupils.
We are always available to answer any questions so please feel free to contact the school. We cannot wait to see you in September!
The School Day
All Reception children will start Monday 6th September at 8.45am – 3.10 pm
We like to have lots of fun in Reception! You can see our curriculum units on our website.
Example of daily activities completed throughout the week
Focused English Task
Focused Maths Task
Gross and Fine Motor Skills Activities
Communication and Language Activities
Whole school Celebration Assembly
Arriving for school
At the beginning of the day the children will come on to KS1 playground and they will go through their classroom door where they will be greeted by a member of the EYFS team.
We kindly ask parents not to enter the school but allow their child to find their name peg independently. Children will try to find their name card and complete a settling in activity.
Collecting at Home Time
At the end of the school day children will be ready with their belongings on the carpet. The children will be let out of their classroom door once a member of EYFS team as seen you or the appointed person, for pick up.
Things to bring to school
- A school bag – which can be purchased from the school office
- PE Kit in a named bag
- A suitable coat
- A named water bottled
Snacks and Lunches
Children will be provided with a piece of fruit which is usually given at snack time. Please do not send any sugary snacks with your child.
If you are providing your child with a pack lunch, please make sure it has a variety of food so your child is receiving a balanced diet.
All children in Reception are entitled to Universal Free School meals at lunchtime. We have a varied and exciting menu ranging from jacket potatoes to Caribbean chicken. Halal and vegetarian menus are available every day.
Should you wish your child to bring a packed lunch, please do look at the enclosed packed lunch guidance.
It is important that you let us know if your child has any allergies.
Should your child need to have prescribed medicines or inhalers administered in school, an authorisation of medicine form must be completed. This is available from the office. Only prescribed medicines should be brought into school.
We use the ‘Class Dojo’ app to communicate with parents and share whole school information. You will be able to see photographs of the class learning during the week too. In September, you will be given sign up information.
Free School Meals/ Pupil Premium
Although your child is able to have free school lunches through Universal Free School Meals, your child may be entitled to Pupil Premium. This provides additional funding to the school to support pupils & provides with free school meals beyond Year 2.
You may be entitled if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Please contact the office to complete a form if you feel that this applies to your circumstances. We process these confidentially.
What can we do during the summer
to get ready?
Firstly, talk about school. Talk about school positively, revisit the children’s welcome booklet often in the lead up to September, and if you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to get in touch! No question is a silly question.
Secondly, encourage your child to be independent. There are always supportive adults on hand to help your child with whatever they need, but throughout the summer you may like to help your child practise skills such as:
- Managing zips and buttons on clothes
- Putting shoes on the right feet
- Eating with a knife and fork
- Using a tissue
- Going to the toilet & washing their hands
Finally, but perhaps most importantly;
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!
We wholeheartedly promise that we can and will teach your child to read, write and solve mathematical problems. However, before reading comes signing nursery rhymes, sharing stories with grown-ups and developing a love of books.
Please return to school:
- All About Me booklet
- Free School Meal Form
- Parental Consent Form
- Free School Meal Form
Spring Term: Remote Learning
Current Topic: Where do I live?
Current Literacy Text: Hansel and Gretel
For our non-fiction Talk For Writing unit we will be creating wanted posters for the witch and other villain characters.
We have also looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs this half term. The children learnt the story using actions and story maps. They then innovated by changing parts of the story and by writing their new ideas down. To finish the fiction unit the children created their own stories using story mountains.
Current Maths Focus; numbers 6-8 and measure
This half term we are focusing on subitising, combining 2 groups of objects, bonds of numbers up to 8, making pairs, length and height and time.
All of our remote learning is posted on Class Dojo.