Reception Parent Guide 2021

Parent Information




Parent Information

Booklet Reception Lead: Miss McDonald 1

Parent Information

St. Pius X Catholic Primary School

Amersham Road Park End Middlesbrough TS3 7HD Tel: 01642 314453 Email: enquiries@stpiusx.npcat.org.uk Website: stpiusx.npcat.org.uk Head of school: Mr N. Bennett Executive Head Teacher: Mrs C. Walker We are pleased to welcome you and your child into St. Pius X Catholic Primary School. This booklet gives you a brief insight into our Foundation Stage. Please feel free to contact the school to ask a member of the Foundation Stage team if you have any questions or queries. Our Vision To provide an outstanding Catholic education with Christ as our light. Our Mission Live every day to the full growing in confidence, independence and self-belief as we learn and discover the potential we have, using the gifts and talents God has given us. Learn and work as one, inspired by the teachings of Jesus, to share the light of his love in our homes, school and parish, and with our global family. Love one another and grow together, living out the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Our Values St. Pius X Primary School is a values-based school. Values are things we believe in that help us to make decisions about how to behave. They are the principles that guide our lives. Our values are based on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, as read in St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. 2

St. Pius X Catholic Primary School

The Foundation Stage is a distinct phase of education which follows its own curriculum and places learning firmly within a

context of play. Our staff is skilful, highly trained practitioners who are knowledgeable about how children learn. We work together as an integrated team. School day will start at 9:00a.m. Your child should be dropped off at the entrance gates of Chard Walk/Chantry Close – gates open at 8:50a.m. You will be able to collect your children from the same place when the school day finishes at 3:00p.m. It is really important that you collect your child on time – If anyone other than a parent is coming to collect your child please let a member of staff know or contact the school office. Under no circumstances will we hand over a child to an adult unknown to staff unless advised by parents. We also ask that no person under the age of 16 collects a foundation stage child from school. Our Shared Values We want your child to be happy here because we believe that children learn and develop best when they feel secure and happy. We hope you always feel welcome in our school, and that your questions and comments will always be answered and valued. We place great importance on the role of parents, carers and grandparents in the education of the children and believe strongly in creating a positive working partnership between home and school. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum with a wealth of experiences for the children. We aim to develop the children’s confidence to become independent learners with enquiring minds. Learning Through Play A high-quality Foundation Stage education is about much more than colours and shapes, numbers and letters. It is about learning to be confident, strong and curious. It is about developing children’s natural joy and wonder at the world they live in. It’s about having a positive attitude, forming positive relationships and believing in yourself. If children can learn to “have a go”, learn from mistakes and try again, they will succeed in their future learning. Young children learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing, creating and communicating. Play is children’s work and playing hard is very tiring! Your child may be really exhausted when they come home. The Foundation Stage Curriculum Young children learn from everything around them – the people, the environment, the atmosphere, the routine, the experiences. All of these elements of the Foundation Stage make up “The Foundation Stage Profile”. All aspects of children’s growth and development are woven together. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) describes the following areas of learning, with 17 “Early Learning Goals” to be achieved by the end of Reception. These are: Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language Physical Development Literacy Mathematics Understanding the World Expressive Arts and Design Self-regulation Listening, Attention and Understanding Gross Motor Skills Comprehension Numbers Past and Present Creating with Materials Managing Self Speaking Fine Motor Skills Word Reading Numerical Patterns People, Culture and Communities Being imaginative and Expressive Building Relationships Writing Uniform/Clothing Uniform for our Reception children consists of: ⮚ A light blue shirt ⮚ Blue Jumper – St. Pius logo ⮚ Grey skirt or trousers ⮚ Black school shoes with Velcro fastening ⮚ Blue summer dress or grey shorts in the summertime. ⮚ School book bag PLEASE make sure every item of clothing is well labelled with your child’s full name. 3 The Natural World

The Foundation Stage is a distinct phase of education which follows its own curriculum and places learning firmly within a

Please provide your child with spare clothes in their book bag as accidents do happen.

We have several messy activities within Foundation Stage and although the children do wear protective aprons whilst using glue, paint etc accidents can and do happen. A messy uniform at 3pm proves your child has been working hard. Please remember: ⮚ Children are ⮚ Children are ⮚ Children are ⮚ Children are ⮚ Children are ⮚ Children are not permitted to wear nail varnish not permitted to wear earrings not permitted to have chewing gum or other foods in school not permitted to wear tattoo transfers not permitted to wear open toed shoes not permitted to bring in any toys from home Partnerships When your child comes to Reception, we build on the foundations which you have laid and will continue to develop at home within your family. You are the most important people in your child’s life and always will be, so we need your help to ensure that your child progresses and reaches their potential. The partnership between family and the Foundation Stage staff is crucial to children’s happiness and development. Snack At each session, children are offered a drink of milk or water and a piece of fruit. Please inform a member of staff if your child is unable to drink milk/or has an allergy to any fruits or other foods. Medicine Medication will only be administered at school if it is prescribed by a doctor and is required 4 times a day. All medicines should be taken to the school office and the appropriate paperwork completed. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they should remain absent from school for 48 hours after their last episode of illness. Safeguarding Parents and carers should be aware that the school has a duty to take reasonable action to ensure welfare and safety of all its pupils. In cases where school staff has cause to be concerned that a pupil may be subject to ill treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff will follow Child Protection procedures. Mr N. Bennett is the “nominated person” for Child Protection Issues. All visitors to school will need to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge whilst in Reception. Assessments and Records As part of our provision, children’s development is continually assessed from entry into Nursery till the end of Reception. This is achieved using observation of children at play and their responses to teacher led activities. Parents are informed of their child’s progress during consultation meetings held twice yearly (covid dependent) and a written report indicating progress is sent at the end of the summer term. If you are concerned about your child’s progress, please speak to a member of staff – there is no need to wait until a consultation meeting. Attendance As a school we work hard with parents to encourage regular, good attendance. We of course realise that sometimes children are simply too unwell to come to school or they may need to be absent for exceptional circumstances. Holidays taken in term time are not classed as exceptional circumstances. There are lots of common infectious diseases which your children will invariably have at some time e.g. chicken pox. Please let us know as soon as you suspect an infection or have a diagnosis so that we can inform other parents. If your child is absent from Reception, please inform the school office by 9a.m. the same morning. Head lice Please check your child’s hair regularly and if you find any signs of head lice treat the whole family and inform Foundation Stage staff. We ask that long hair is tied back every day. 4

Please provide your child with spare clothes in their book bag as accidents do happen.

Asthma

Foundation Stage staff need to know if your child suffers from asthma, if an inhaler is used we need to keep an inhaler and spacer in school labelled with your child’s name. Please see a member of staff to complete an Asthma Care Plan. Useful websites to support your child’s learning at home ⮚ The National Literacy Trust – Lots of activities and books to enjoy and encourage the love of books and reading. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/ ⮚ Top Marks – This website has lots of maths games and activities. The children enjoy games such as Teddy names and underwater counting in Nursery. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?AgeGroup=1 ⮚ Hungry Little Minds – https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3 ⮚ Tiny Happy People - https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people ⮚ Phonics Play – has lots of phonics activities, games and resources https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ People in school Executive Head Teacher: Head of School: Reception Teacher: EYFS Lead: SEND coordinator: Mrs C. Walker Mr N. Bennett L Parkes E McDonald Miss C. Green 5

Asthma



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