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Welcome to Reception

The teachers this year are: Miss Hurley, Miss Leader & Mrs Moore

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs Clarke, Mrs Mussett, Miss Stallard, Miss Martin, Mrs Miller, Miss Burt, Mrs Penny, Miss Knowles, Mrs Smith, Mrs Hills, Mrs Wilkin

In Foundation Stage there are seven areas of learning that will be covered in the inside and outside curriculum. The seven areas of learning are: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World, Expressive Art and Design.


As a school we like to encourage a love of books and reading.  We build upon the process that was started in Nursery by continuing to send home story books to share together.  Alongside this, your child will be given a book from our school reading scheme.  Initially this will be a picture book, so please spend some time encouraging your child to look at the pictures, talk about what they can see and make up a story to match the pictures.  It would also help us if you could write a short comment in their diary so that we know that they have read at home. Please look out for reading café dates for you to attend with your child and share some stories!


The children will be given a reading book to share with you at home. They can change their reading book when they have read at school. Please write in their yellow reading record book when they have read at home. Every time your child reads at home 50 times, they will receive a special award! We encourage children to read as much as they can and this helps us to win the ‘Reading Bear’ in assembly each week for our classes! The children will also be expected to begin to learn High Frequency words to support their reading, these will be sent home in a book. The children will receive weekly Topic homework that will start from October half term.


The children will cook during this term and bring their achievements home to share with you! We ask for a contribution of £2.00 at the beginning of the year to cover the costs of this. Please ensure that this is paid in full by Tuesday 3rd October in a named envelope and handed to the class teacher.

Packed lunches

Just to remind you we are a healthy school and we encourage children to eat a healthy lunch. Please no fizzy drinks, sweets or chocolate bars. Please remember that the children MUST NOT bring in any food that contains nuts due to children and adults suffering from severe allergies .Every child in Reception is offered a piece of fruit in the morning and milk or water in the afternoon.


The children will have PE on:

RSH - Mondays

RCL - Tuesdays

RHM - Wednesdays


Please ensure that children wear sensible footwear and a practical, warm coat. Please make sure your child’s P.E kit stays in school. Children are also required to have outdoor PE kit this includes warm trousers and appropriate footwear.  Jewellery, including earrings should not be worn to school and long hair should be tied back. Please ensure PE clothing is labelled clearly.

Sponsored Bounce

The children take part in a Sponsored Bounce at school! The sponsored bounces helps to raise money for our adopted animal when we visit the zoo in May. Please come and watch your child take part. The dates are as follows:

RHM – Monday 9th October / RCL – Tuesday 10th October/ RSH- Wednesday 11th October from 9.15am in the hall. Your children will come into their classrooms at 8.45am as normal.


We will be going to see a pantomime at the Towngate Theatre on Thursday 14th December. We will also be visiting the zoo in the summer term. The pantomime letter was sent home yesterday. Reminder if your child is registered for free school meals at the office there is not any charge for school trips.


If your child requires medication, please ensure you take this to the office so that they can keep a record. This includes inhalers. The children will have access to them as they need them.

Forest school

The children will take part in Forest school sessions in four weekly blocks for the whole year. Forest school will be on Tuesdays and will start on 26th September.

RSH – 26th September, 3rd October, 10th October, 17th October

RCL – 31st October, 7th November, 14th November, 21st November

RHM – 28th November, 5th December, 12th December, 19th December

The sessions will continue after Christmas in four weekly blocks beginning with RSH.

Please ensure that your child brings in the appropriate clothing to school in a bag for these sessions, this includes, wellies/ trainers, long trousers, jumper,
T-shirt and waterproof coat. On the days the children have these sessions they will be sent home wearing their forest school clothes. Earrings MUST NOT be worn on these days.


Open door policy:

At Northwick Park we operate an open door policy. Teachers will be on the door for any messages that you need to relay. Please inform us of any changes as to who is picking your child up from school.

Don’t forget Busy Bears is available before and after school, between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm for your child.  Please ensure you make Busy Bears aware if they are attending.

Things to remember:

  • Book bags should come to school every day
  • PE kits should remain in school
  • Read at home at least three times a week
  • All clothing should be labelled – including hats and scarves
  • Earrings should only be studs and should not be worn on PE or forest school days. Please note that we are not allowed to remove earrings or cover them with tape.
  • Please try your best to bring your child into school every day and on time, so they do not miss out on any learning time
  • Please ensure your child has a coat with them in school every day due to the changes in weather and the Reception outside area always being used.

Learning Journeys

As children tend to develop rapidly during this year we will be documenting their ‘Learning Journey’ within school.  This will include pieces of work, photographs, drawings, pieces of homework etc.  Please feel free to send things in that your child has done to build up these journeys.  Things that you may want to share include the children learning to ride their bike, achieving an award for swimming, trying a new food, doing something independently or visiting the dentist.