Reception - Little Owls
Welcome to our Reception Class – Little Owls.
In Little Owls, we love learning and playing and spend our days doing just that. There are lessons every day which focus on one of the seven areas of development from the EYFS curriculum.
The children have lessons with the teacher for Phonics, Maths and English, read with an adult in school, and take home reading books and phonics homework every week.
Learning takes place both indoors and out.
If you would like to look around Little Owls please do contact the school office to arrange a tour.
Age for Admission
Little Owls is open to children from the September after their fourth birthday.
Parents are required to complete a Common Application Form from their home Local Authority, naming the school, and also complete our Supplementary Information Form. Those applying for a Foundation Reception place should get the Minister’s Reference form (Part B) completed by their Minister and return it to the school, along with Part A.
Casual admissions throughout the year will be subject to the same admissions criteria found within the Admissions’ Policy.
Little Owls operates from Monday to Friday. Doors open at 8:40am and pupils finish at 3:30pm.
Please see our Admissions’ Policy here. Please note that attendance at Nursery does not guarantee a place in the Reception class and parents with children in the school must not assume younger siblings will automatically gain a place. The school may be oversubscribed and parents and carers are advised to look carefully at the Admissions’ Policy and see advice to ensure that forms are correctly and fully completed.
Please contact the school office to enquire about places in our Reception.
Joining Little Owls
If you are a new parent or carer to our Reception – WELCOME! We hope that you and your child will enjoy being part of our community. We want to work closely with you during your child’s time with Little Owls.
Induction for new Reception Children
We aim to ensure that all children settle quickly and happily into Reception. Our induction programme provides several opportunities for you and your child to share information with our staff and get to know them:
- Taking part in a formal tour or informal visit;
- Children and parents stay and play session;
- Home visits (if your child is new to the school);
- Children will be given a transition book with simple pictures and information about Little Owls, to help them feel at home when they arrive.
During the induction, parents can share information with staff such as medical issues, special educational needs and disabilities or concerns. If you would like to arrange to meet with staff to discuss any particular needs in addition to this then please let us know.
Our staff have plenty of experience to help your child come happily to school. Some children find it difficult to settle into Reception at the beginning of the day, particularly when they are new. This is perfectly normal so try not to worry about this. Initially parents/carers of Reception children are welcome to come in and help children hang up their coats and book bags. As children grow in confidence they will be encouraged to become more independent.
Children usually settle very quickly when their parent has left. We will let you know if your child does not settle and you can always ring up the office to check. Helpful tips to make it easier for you and your child:
- Be positive and encouraging, even over the smallest of achievements!
- Some children go into Reception more easily with a friend – talk to your child about who they would like to go into class with and arrive a couple of minutes early to try and link up with your child’s chosen friend.
- Tell your child what you are going to be doing when he or she is at school and tell them that you (or someone else) will be back and will pick them up.
- When you say goodbye, smile, be positive and don’t prolong it.
- Sometimes it can be hard for parents to ‘let go’ when their children start Reception. Being consistent with children is essential – don’t give in to unreasonable requests by very little people. Sometimes handing over your child to a member of staff demonstrates your trust in that person. Your child will pick up on these vibes and this will help them settle.
- The most common reason for a child not settling is when a parent is hesitant about leaving the child. The child is then not certain whether the parent is staying or going and this is unsettling.
Remember to ensure that your child has sufficient sleep and plenty of time to play quietly when starting Reception – children do get tired when new routines and challenges are introduced and this can lead to difficulty making good behaviour choices. Do ask your child how they got on at school but remember that they may want to simply switch off. Sometimes asking them one thing that they did or what made them happy today may be enough.
What Should my Child Wear?
Pupils in Little Owls wear a school uniform similar to the rest of the school. They wear a white polo shirt and a navy school jumper or cardigan with grey school trousers, shorts or skirts. In the summer months children can wear blue summer dresses. Pupils are required to wear black school shoes, not trainers.
For PE they wear a white round neck t-shirt and navy shorts or navy jogging bottoms. We need to wear black plimsolls or trainers on our feet for these lessons.
We must put our name on all our clothes.
Uniform displaying the school logo can be purchased from our uniform supplier and trousers, skirts and shorts are sold widely. More information about our uniform can be found here.
What Do I Need to Bring?
Your child will need to bring the following:
- Named water bottle
- Named lunchbox (if not ordering school lunches) – please do not send in any food containing chocolate, nuts or egg due to severe allergies
- Bag with a complete change of clothes to be left on your child’s peg
A healthy snack will be provided by Reception each day – children will be offered a choice of fruit and you can register your child to receive free milk until the age of 5 and subsidised thereafter. Details of this can be found on the leaflet in your Induction Pack or at the following website: www.coolmilk.com.
In Reception children stay all day so they have lunch in the school hall. They can have a packed lunch or order a meal from The Pantry.
Information about The Pantry can be found here.
We use Class Dojo to support communication between parents/carers and adults within Reception. Your Induction Pack will have all the essential information regarding this.
All parents receive a weekly Newsletter giving information about important dates and activities taking place across the school.
How do I know what my child is doing and learning in Reception?
Each half term, you will receive a Curriculum Map detailing the topic that your child is learning. It will give details about learning from the key aspects of The Early Years Framework. In addition, Class Dojo will be used to share what the children are learning on a daily basis.
Twice a year the school conducts Parents’ Evenings at which time you will be able to discuss your child’s progress and see some of their work. Additionally, appointments can be made with the Class Teacher at a mutually convenient time.
At the end of the year, you will receive a written report detailing your child’s progress throughout the year.
Collective Worship is an important part of our school life.
Little Owls join the rest of the school for Collective Worship in the school hall. They also sometimes have Collective Worship in the classroom. Each half term Little Owls focus on one of the Christian Values: honesty, resilience, responsibility, self-control, empathy and equity. Collective worship helps us to understand these values.
Each week, Little Owls have a Religious Education lesson (RE) where they learn about Christianity through role play, model making and creative arts.
Throughout the year they visit St. Andrew’s and St. Margaret’s Church for Eucharist and whole school worship.