Welcome to Reception 2
September 2020 - July 2021
We hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer. This is an exciting time now for your family as your child begins their school life at Bishop Lonsdale. We hope your child will be very happy and enjoy many achievements at our school.
We are really looking forward to getting to know your child better. Over the next few weeks, we will be doing a baseline assessment on your children by talking, playing and listening to them. This will help us gain knowledge of where they are and what their individual next steps are.
We know that for some children (and parents) this is a daunting and emotional time as you say goodbye at the school gates. Please be assured that any children who are initially finding this part of the day difficult, settle quickly once inside and they are soon happily playing.
Your child will need a water bottle in school every day. This water bottle needs to be clearly labelled and be filled with water only as we are a ‘Healthy School’.
In early years children will be able to access the outdoor area most days. When the weather is wet children need the appropriate footwear. Please send your child into school with a pair of clearly labelled wellies in a bag for them to keep in school.
We will be shortly informing you about the day your child needs to come to school in their PE kits each week.
Fruit and Milk
Children will receive free milk and a piece of fruit each morning until they turn 5 years old. Once they have turned 5, they still receive fruit but milk is charged at 20p a day (please see the school office). Children in reception also receive a free school meal. If you would prefer your child to have a packed lunch from home, please send your child with a healthy lunch in a clearly labelled lunch box.
Once we have completed a baseline assessment on your child this will determine what type of book your child will start coming home with. If your child brings home a picture book it is helpful if you would share this book with them, look at which way to hold a book, turn the pages, talk about what is happening in the pictures and what the characters might be saying etc. Some children may start with a phonetically decodable book to start them on their reading journey, once again please share this book with your child at home and encourage them with their reading. We consciously only hand out one week per week, this helps to develop children’s confidence and familiarity with reading. As a result, we hope that these skills can be used alongside your own books at home.
Whichever book your child comes home with, it would be helpful if you could write a little note in their reading diary about what you did together and how much you have read. This provides additional information about how they are finding their reading and allows us to change their book once it has been read.
After October half term, children will be bringing home a ‘Home Learning Book’ with a list of activities linked to our topic. Please complete at least 5 activities and record them in your child’s book. We will ask you to return these books at the end of the half term for the children to celebrate their home learning with the class.
As you are aware, home time is a very busy time! We appreciate your support whilst we are getting to know people who are collecting the children and this will become much quicker over the next few weeks. If your normal home time arrangements change e.g. children are being collected by another adult, please let your child’s class teacher know, either by sending into school a note or an email to school office.
We hope this answers any of your queries.
Mrs Bates and Mrs Jones
Celebration of Learning in Reception 2
Interactive Support For Learning
Reception 2 Termly Pages September 2019-July 2020