Welcome letter sent by email
Firstly, welcome to Stoke Park Primary School and Reception! We are delighted that you will be joining us in September 2020! If this is your first experience as a parent at Stoke Park Primary School, it can be pretty nerve wracking at the best of times and being on lockdown isn’t going to make it any easier! For those of you who have done this before, this time will be different.
Although we have dates in the diary – ‘stay and play’ dates alongside home visits, we now do not know if they will be able to go ahead. However, we are going to do everything we can to help you and your children settle in and be ready to start Reception in September.
We have been thinking through how we can support you and your children in transition to Reception in these difficult and unusual circumstances. Exactly what we do will depend on how the world changes in the next few weeks and months but our first contingency is to introduce ourselves to you and your children at home.
We will put all of the information that we would have given out on home visits and ‘stay and play’ dates here.
We will also need set up an e-mail distribution list so we can get information out to you electronically and keep you informed about arrangements for the rest of this term as circumstances change.
What We Need From You
If you wish to take up your offer of a place at Stoke Park School and you have not yet done so, could you return your acceptance form electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand in at the office.
Could you also make sure we have a current e-mail address for you so we can set up that distribution list, contact details below.
Complete and return, via email or at the office, this All About Me booklet
We hope to see you all soon but, in the meantime, stay safe. If you require further information please email: email@example.com
Clair Wells & Vicki Duddridge Reception Class teachers
Linda Facciponti Reception Teaching Assistant
Welcome to the Reception staff
We can’t wait to meet you all properly but we can’t do that just yet, so in the meantime here are a few messages.
Hi, my name is Mrs Duddridge and I am one of the
Reception Teachers in Dragonfly class alongside
Mrs Wells and Mrs Facciponti. I am proud to work in
Dragonfly class and believe we are a brilliant team.
I can’t wait to meet you all soon!
Hello, my name is Mrs Wells and I am also one of
the Reception Teachers in Dragonfly Class. I
really enjoy working in Dragonfly Class and am
proud to be part of Stoke Park School. I’m
very excited about meeting you all very soon!
Hello, my name is Mrs Facciponti. I have been teaching for 19 Years. I like
singing, dancing and growing things in my garden. I am very excited about
meeting you all!
Home Visits – We hope to carry out home visits before you start in September. We will keep you informed as much as possible about the arrangement for these.
The home visit is an opportunity for your child’s teacher and teaching assistant to come visit him or her in his own home prior to the start of school. We believe that those children who have a home visit prior to the start of school begin the school year with less separation anxiety and more confidence. It is a chance to meet your child and yourselves in the comfort of your own home and establish strong, positive communication with our parents and carers.
Before starting Reception- You can access a welcome booklet here which is useful when talking to your child about starting Reception.
Links to some websites supporting parents and children starting Reception
We follow a visual timetable, which the children use to guide them through the day. A typical day may involve the following activities:
Soft start – parents encouraged to stay and play/read with their children to settle them in.
Welcome time – We all come together on the carpet to welcome each other using Hello, weather, counting songs.
Carpet time-phonics – an adult led activity to support and extend your child’s learning to read and write.
Learning time – Child initiated learning. The children will be able to choose their own activities and play alongside their friends and adults in our learning environments, inside or outside.
Snack time – Fruit and milk is supplied by the school and the children will have access to their water bottles. Only water is allowed to promote healthy choices
Literacy time– The class come together to share stories and continue activities through child initiated learning.
Lunch time – The children will be supported to get ready for lunch washing hands/toileting. They will then go to the dinner hall accompanied by the SMSA’s on duty. After eating they will get a chance to play in the big playground.
Maths-Whole class adult led activity to extend your child’s learning.
Learning time– Child initiated learning that will support all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Reflection/story -end of the day.
Additional activities your child may experience are: Forest school, Gymnsatics, Ballet, Drama