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Reception ER

Welcome to Reception 2

Mrs Eden and Miss Rutherford



 Our Class Topics 2023-2024


Autumn Term 1 

I wonder how we will get there?


Autumn term 2

I wonder what we will celebrate?


Spring Term  1 & 2

I wonder where stories come from?

Summer Term 1 & 2

I wonder what is at the bottom of our garden?


Dear parents/carers,


Welcome back! We hope you all had a fun and relaxing summer holiday. 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.


The children have had a fabulous first few days and are settling in well and we are now looking forward to getting to know your children better. Over the next few weeks, we will be enjoying spending time and observing your children by talking, playing and listening to them. This will help us gain knowledge of where they are and begin to guide us to plan for their individual next steps.


Coming into school

The children are all doing fantastically well coming into school. We know that for some children (and parents) this is a daunting and emotional time and leaving them at the school gate isn’t easy. 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.


Water Bottles

Your child will need a water bottle in school every day. This water bottle needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name.



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 for them to keep in school. 


Spare clothes

If your child has a specific need and may require spare clothing regularly then please send into school a plastic bag with clearly labelled spare clothes for your child to keep in school.


PE Kits

Over the next few weeks children will start PE lessons. Children need to come into school dressed in their PE kits and wear them all day. Reception classes PE day will be a Wednesday and they will begin on the 14th September. PE kits will be a white t-shirt, green shorts and black pumps. Children are welcome to wear jogging bottoms and jumpers, however we will begin with indoor PE.


Fruit and Milk

Children will receive a healthy piece of fruit each morning and until they turn 5 years old they will receive a drink of milk.  


Reading Books

Reading books will come home weekly, sent home on a Thursday and to be returned to school on a Monday. The children will have 3 reading sessions in school a week focusing on their book and then this will be sent home to read with an adult. Your child should be reading this at roughly 90% fluency, being able to answer questions about the book - these can be found in the back cover. 

To support with their reading, we will be sending home weekly guidance sheets of the Phonic sounds they have learnt that week and their new tricky words to help yourselves as parents/guardians to encourage the use of these new sounds within their reading. 



Care Plan

If your child requires a care plan for any medical needs, please collect from the school office and return to school ASAP.


Family Photos!

Each child has a learning space on the wall in our Early Years classrooms with their name on. Please send into school a printed picture or upload onto tapestry a family photo so we can display this on your child’s learning space in the classroom for them to see. Please could these be sent by Friday 16th September.



Each half term children will be set a challenge via tapestry to complete at home, depending on the challenge it can either be brought in or photos can then be shared on tapestry giving the children the chance to talk about their project.



We use Tapestry (our online learning journey) to share observations of your child for you to see at home and to reassure you that they are settled and enjoying school life. Often these will be group or class activities of something the children have done each week which you may like to discuss with your child at home. Please feel free to add any achievements from home that your child would like to share with us. Hopefully you have all received an email invite from Tapestry to set up your account but any issues please contact the school office and we will get this sorted for you.


Home time

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. We may be asking for passwords several times just while we familiarise ourselves with lots of new faces. If your normal home time arrangements change e.g. children are being collected by another adult, please let your child’s class teacher know by contacting the school office.


Many thanks

Mrs Eden and Miss Rutherford (Reception 2)


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