Reception - RD 2021 - 2022
Class Teacher: Mrs Daffern
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Leonard and Miss Rossiter
We are delighted to have your child in our class and look forward to being part of their learning journey. See below some useful informaton regarding our class. Throughout the year, please be sure to visit our class page regularly as it will contain updates regarding our class activities, including photographs for you to see for yourself how our curriculum stimulates and engages and your child.
Latest Class News
This week we are continuing to explore the story of The Three Little Pigs. We are using puppets to retell the story and acting the story out with props.
Woodland Learning is on Monday - don't forget your wellies & waterproofs. Children do not need to bring in book bags on Monday.
PE is on Thursday
Reading books can be swapped on a Tuesday and Thursday.
Communication and Language- This half term we will be exploring Traditional Tales. We will begin with The Three Little Pigs. They will retell the stories and adapt them to create new versions. Children will learn to understand how to listen carefully and why listening is important. New vocabulary will be taught and children will be encouraged to use new vocabulary through the day.
Literacy- We will be using the Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics. More information will following shortly, to explain how we teach this in school and how you can support your child at home.
Mathematics – We are using Maths Mastery to teach maths. Each week we will concentrate on one number in which all mathematical concepts are explored. This ensures deep understanding of number and promotes the ability to notice patterns and make connections.
Physical Development - Children will be learning to develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. This will include pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons. They will also develop the skills they need to manage the school day successfully: lining up and queuing, mealtimes
Introduction to PE In this unit, children will be introduced to Physical Education and structured movement through the topic of 'everyday life'. They will spend time learning basic principles of a PE lesson such as safely using space, stopping safely, using and sharing equipment and working individually, with a partner and group. They will take part in activities which will develop fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping and skipping. Children will also play simple games and begin to understand and use rules.
Understanding the World - Children will be learning to talk about members of their immediate family and community. They will draw information from a simple map. They will describe what they see, hear and feel whilst outside.
Expressive Arts and Design - Children will be learning to create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills. They will learn to listen attentively, move to and talk about music, expressing their feelings and responses and develop storylines in their pretend play
We are very proud of our ‘Woodland Learning’ offering, where your child will be experiencing a range of new skills in our forest every week. We want you to make the most of every session whatever the weather, so you will need to be appropriately dressed. Please make sure you PE/Woodland uniform on your ‘Woodland Learning Day’.
We have Woodland Learning every Monday.
Your child will also need to bring in waterproof clothes in a waterproof, draw-string bag and wellington boots. As the weather becomes colder they may also want to bring an extra jumper/fleece, an extra pair of warm socks, waterproof gloves and a warm hat.
Please ensure your child does not attend school wearing their wellies and arrives in alternative footwear as this ensures the spread of mud around school is kept to a minimum. Children do not need to bring in book bags on a Monday.
It is essential that you wear appropriate clothing for P.E. We have one session per week . Children should attend school in their PE/Woodland uniform on PE days. Black pumps or trainers must be worn.
We have PE every Thursday.
Please visit our class page regularly to see what we have been learning at school.
Updates will be notified to you via our School Spider app . Via the app you will be notified not only of class page and gallery updates, but also school communications.
The first time you log in to the app, you will be required to click "forgotten password" link. This will allow you to set a password and access the app. Please note some devices automatically include a capital at the beginning of entry fields, so please ensure the wappropriate lower or upper case option is set for any characters you are entering.
If you have any problems accessing the app, please contact the School Office who will be happy to help.
It is expected that your child is reading a minimum of 3x per week. However, you are encouraged to read every day. Please write in the yellow reading diary when you have read with your child.
In addition, children should aim to log on to Numbots, which is part of our home learning platforms which incorporate maths and spellings via Timetable Rockstarts and Spelling Shed. These educational game platforms are a great way for your child to practise at home whilst having fun.
We set home learning on a Monday via Tapestry. Plase take a photo of the learning and upload it.
Code of Conduct
We will be looking at our 3 character traits: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Any children following our code of conduct will be presented with ‘Dojo points’ which will enable them to receive a reward. Any children breaking any part of the code of conduct will be given a warning, which may be followed by a sanction.
At TPS we have a code of conduct that all children are expected to follow. We need your support to implement this. Please also see our Promoting Good Behaviour Policy.
We believe that it’s important that you look smart in your TPS uniform and represent our school with pride. We ask you to start the new academic year by ensuring that you wear full TPS uniform. Please note the following:
- Children are allowed to wear small plain silver/gold studs earrings;
- No trainers (including black trainers);
- No extreme haircuts (including; undercuts, number 1 cuts, excessive hair products/gel);
- Long hair to be tied back (including boys);
- Black/brown/blonde elastic bobbles. If wearing a headband it must be burgundy and no large ribbons or bows;
- No oversized (Jo-Jo style) bows;
- No false nails and/or nail varnish
- No jewellery is permitted save for small stud earrings and a watch.
These requirements are set out in our school policy and we expect all pupils to adhere to them. We appreciate your efforts in maintaining our high standards of appearance.
School Dinners & Snacks
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are provided with a school lunch, as this is funded by the Governments Universal Free School Meals Scheme. Children in these year groups are not required to bring a packed lunch as both hot and cold options are available daily for children to chose from.
Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 may purchase a school dinner at a cost of £2.00 per day/£10.00 per week, which should be paid for in advance via SCOPAY. Alternatively, children in these years may bring a packed lunch to school if they wish.
Please see lunch menus for further information.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive a daily healthy fruit snack for them to consume during morning break. All children in remaining years (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) are requested to bring a fruit snack to school for their morning break.
Any named items will be returned to your child’s class. Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly marked with your child’s name (not just initials). All lost property is collected by each year group and is available for checking at each home time for parents/carers to claim any lost items. If you cannot attend at this time, please speak to your child’s teacher. Alternatively another parent/carer may claim lost uniform on your behalf.
Punctuality & Attendance
We are keen to ensure that every pupil attends well and at least achieves our school target of 100%.
- School gates open at 8.30 am and class doors open at 8.45 and close at 8.55 am
- Registers are taken at 8.55 am – children must be in class at this time
- Please arrive on time to prevent the need to sign in late at reception
- Holidays are not permitted during term time. Parents who remove their children from school during term time will be fined.
- Incentive awards will be given for good attendance
- School finishes at 3.10 pm
Corona Virus Procedure
If you child has any symptoms linked to the Corona Virus, please ensure your child and any siblings do not attend school until a test PCR Test has been completed and a negative result confirmed.
If your child is required to isolate please advise the school office so home learning can be arranged. Full information and guiance can be found on our website - Corona Virus updates & info & Covid & Remote Learning
Absences for Sickness & Medical Appointments
Any absences must be reported to the School Office or absence line prior to 9.00 am.
- School Absence line is 0151 652 8498 (option 1)
- Appointments should always made outside of school hours wherever possible. However, if this is not possible, please advise the school office of any appointments
- Appointments can be notified to the school office by email (TPSabsences@remat.org.uk)
- Please ensure a copy of your child’s appointment card/letter is also provided to school to ensure any medical appointment absences are duly authorised.
- Patterns in absence for sickness and appointments are monitored (e.g. repeated Friday afternoon appointments with no appointment confirmation provided) to ensure children attend school unless there is a legitimate reason
How to Help at Home?
Please read with your child as often as you can, ideally every day. We follow Read Write Inc at Townfield and we will be sharing information on how we teach phonics and how you can support this at home in the coming weeks.
If you have any queries or concerns about your child or school, please do not hesitate to discuss these with your child’s class teachers in the first instance.
Where to find more information?
Our website contains masses of information, not only about Townfield Primary School but also our exciting curriculum and enrichment activities. Furthermore, you can find details of our staff (including how to contact our SENDCo directly), school policies, Governing Board, useful parent information (School Dog, term dates, lunches, communication, making payments, etc) and the additional services we offer to support our wider school community (nursery and wrap around care). Our website is extremely user-friendly, however to help you identify the range of information available please see our website summary guide.