The Learning for Life Proud to be part of The Learning for Life

September 2021 intake

(Please note that additional details will be added to this page so keep visiting this page for more up-to-date information!)

We are really looking forward to welcoming all of our new Reception children this year!  We can't wait to get to know you and see how you will blossom at our school! 

Reception Staff 

Class Teacher - Miss Henshall

Class Teaching Assistant - Mrs Decker 

Other school staff 

Here are some other members of staff you will see around our school.

Meet our:

Headteacher - Mrs Gawn

Caretaker - Mr Dale

School Cook - Mrs Gregory

Transition into school

A starting school 'Information Pack' will be sent to you during the Summer Term which will include a number of useful information sheets that will answer many of your questions (e.g. snacks, school uniform, school meals, Breakfast Clubs, allergies). It will also include forms that will need to be completed and returned to school on the day your child starts. 

Please support your child to attempt the 'Can you write your name?' and 'Can you draw a picture of yourself?' Do not worry if they aren't spelled correctly or that the letters aren't formed properly.

Preparing for School

The period before a child starts school for the first time can be an anxious time for parents. We hope that the information in the documents below may help you and your child to prepare for this exciting time in your lives!  (please download from the 'files to download' section below):

- Preparing your child for school handout

- Starting school checklist

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19, we are unable to follow our usual transition process. However, we promise that we will make the transition as smooth and exciting as possible for our new children!  We want to reassure you that we will work together with parents on everything, keeping you informed as we know any more information regarding school opening, and working together to help your child settle happily into school life. 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the school prior to your child starting.

See the bottom of this page for frequently asked questions (FAQ) 

Learning environment 

As you are unable to visit our classroom at this time, please see below for pictures of our indoor and outdoor areas, and some activities that you will be able to participate in when you are in our Reception class. 

Indoor area

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Pegs outside the classroom 

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Class work on the carpet 

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Writing at the writing table 

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Construction (building/making things)

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Role play area 

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Role play (dolls house)

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Water area

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Snack table 

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Reading area 


Outdoor area 

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Climbing frame 

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Stage (performing with instruments, singing etc.) 

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Mud kitchen 

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Sand pit

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Playhouse/kitchen (role play)

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Mark-making blackboard 

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Water area 

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Reading area

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Plant watering 



My child is still unable to get dressed independently. When will they be expected to do this at school? When will PE start?

PE sessions begin as soon as your child starts school. To start with, children are encouraged to take off their clothes one item at a time as a class and teachers will talk them through this. Lots of children require some support with certain items (eg. jumpers) but we encourage them to be as independent as possible when changing. Please ensure that your child's clothes are all named so that it will make them easily identifiable.

Do I need to send in a snack for my child?

No. We ask that you do not send in a snack because the children are given fresh fruit to snack on each day at snack time until they begin KS2.

How long will my child be expected to sit on the carpet for when they start school?

When your child starts school, carpet-based lessons will be approximately 10 minutes long. Maths, English, and phonics sessions will take place on a daily basis and topic sessions will also take place frequently. These sessions will be active, engaging, and tailored to the interests and learning needs of your child. This will increase over the year as we prepare for year one. 

How is reading assessed and when will my child receive a reading book?

Initially, your child will bring home picture books for you to share together. As soon as your child is ready they will bring home a reading book. Books are divided into colour bands based on the phonics skills required. Children read with an adult every week and your child will be assessed half-termly and moved up onto the next book band if appropriate. 

 We encourage you to support your child with their reading at home by reading frequently and discussing stories as you read them. We also offer a phonics/reading information evening in the Autumn term during which we discuss some useful strategies to support reading. 

How does the school dinner system work?

When your child starts school, they will be entitled to a free school meal until they start KS2. Your child’s class teacher will explain the different options each morning and then your child will tell them what they would like. We will then order your child’s choice ready for lunchtime. We need to be informed of any food intolerances or allergies prior to your child starting school so that we can cater to these.



Page Downloads Date  
Preparing your child for school 09th Jun 2021 Download
Starting school checklist 09th Jun 2021 Download