Welcome to Reception 2
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.
Please be reassured that we are keeping things in Early Years as normal as possible with frequent cleaning of toys and handwashing. We will also be regularly using antibacterial hand gel, please let a member of staff know if you do not wish for your child to use this.
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.
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.
Please send into school a plastic bag with clearly labelled spare clothes for your child to keep in school.
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 8th 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.
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 book 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. These books will be changed once a week on a Monday and returned home on a Wednesday.
School book pack
In the next few weeks, your child will receive a school book pack. These only need to be returned to school on a Monday and will be handed back out again on a Wednesday (when reading books are changed). Letters will all be sent over ParentPay.
If your child requires a care plan for any medical needs, please collect from the school office and return to school ASAP.
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 10th September.
After 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.
Due to not being able to invite parents into the classrooms this year and help your child settle we are keen to put observations on Tapestry (our online learning journey) of your child for you to see at home and to reassure you that they are settled and enjoying school life. If you haven’t received any Tapestry emails by Friday 11th September then please contact the school office and we will get this sorted for you.
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 by contacting the school office.
Our Class Topics 2021-2022
Autumn Term 1
I wonder how we are special?
Autumn term 2
I wonder how we celebrate around the world?
I wonder what happens in fairy tales?
Summer Term 1
Summer term 2
I wonder what animals are under the sea?
Help at home
Interactive Support For Learning