Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Reception Class! We are pleased that all children have now started full time and are settling well. Thank you for your role in helping with this. Despite the new restrictions with Covid-19, we have managed to give the children a safe and happy start to Reception.

We would like to remind you that as you are dropping your child in the morning, you ensure that they are safely inside the classroom door before you leave. This is your responsibility until you have handed them over to a member of Reception team. At the end of the day, we will bring children down to the gate to meet you. On occasion, for example if the weather is very wet, we may open the gate for you to collect them from the classroom door. Please ensure you have given me the names of any adult regularly collecting your child in advance.

Thank you to those of you who have already provided a change of clothes for their child. If you have not, please send in a change of underwear, socks and leggings or trousers in a clean plastic bag. If your child needs changing and uses school clothing, please wash and return clothes promptly.

This half term, our topic will be “All About Me.” We will be doing many fun activities about our families, our local environment and ourselves. The curriculum overview for this is on the school website. As part of our topic, we hope to walk to Talacre before the half term break and will keep you informed once a date is finalised.

We are planning to start Home Learning soon and will be starting with a weekly story on Seesaw, supplemented with further home learning ideas weekly from October. Seesaw is the online platform that the Early Years and Key Stage One used at Hawley. This also means that if our Reception bubble has to close at any point in the future, I will be able to provide activities for the children at home. Seesaw was very successful with last year’s Reception class during lockdown. We will be in touch again soon with your log in details.

We have decided as a school that it is important for children to take books home regularly and will be in touch again with your child’s book bag, home reading journal and reading book. We hope to start this the first week of October. We will be in touch again to confirm a regular day for giving out and returning books.

Some of the parents in Reception are starting a WhatsApp group to keep in touch with each other. Again, this worked very well last year with all families choosing to be included. If you would like to join, please speak to Sophie (Eva’s mum) or Simon (Oscar’s dad).

Thanks again for your support at the beginning of term. If you have any queries or issues please speak to me at the beginning or end of the school day, I teach Monday- Thursday. Amy Morgan is now Reception teacher on Fridays as Anna Redman is on Maternity Leave.

Best wishes,

Sarah Richardson

Reception Class teacher