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Welcome to all our New Starters - Reception Class 2020

We are so excited to meet you and your family. Starting a new school, especially when you have not had a chance to visit can be a bit daunting, we want to reassure you that starting school at Freezywater St Georges is going to be a lot of fun! We hope that this page will help you get to know us a little better and some of the things to expect in September, and also to be informative for parents and carers too! 

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Mrs Pedder

Mrs Sheehan and Parents Welcome Meeting

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Usually we would invite you all to school for a welcome meeting. Sadly this is not possible this year, please find the information below which we would usually share with you during the meeting.

The Reception Class Team

Our Classroom and out door learning space

We have a large classroom inside with lots of fun resources to help us learn, we also have a fantastic outdoor learning space. Have a look at the photo's  below and see where you will be learning in September. Mrs Pedder also takes you on a virtual tour in the video...

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Learning in Reception is Fun!

Please view the photos of our current Reception class, we have had a lot of fun this year and the adults are looking forward to having more fun in September 2020 with our new class - yes that's you!

Story Time

If you are feeling a little unsure about starting school why not listen to one of the short 'starting school' stories below... 

Perhaps you are a little worried or nervous, you might need to be brave initially but the adults at school are all very kind and friendly and we will look after you!

Soon you will love coming to school because we have so much fun and really are a Freezywater family!

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School

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Do I have to go to School?

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Uniform

All children in Reception wear the school uniform, beautifully modelled here by some of our current pupils. 

Summer uniform - blue and white checked dress, grey shorts, white Freezywater polo shirt

Winter uniform  - White shirt, red tie (clip on or elastic), grey trousers/skirt/pinafore dress, blue Freezywater jumper or cardigan.

PE kit - Black shorts, blue Freezywater PE T-shirt, plimsoles. Children should also have navy blue jogging bottoms and jumper for outdoor PE.

More information about school uniform can be found in the 'Uniform Policy Document'.

Tapestry on line learning Journal

In Reception we use Tapestry to record observations about your childs learning, you will have access to their exclusive Tapestry account and will also be able to upload photos and videos from home to share with us at school.  We love to hear about special WOW moments that happen at home, like a family celebration or when your child does something new for the first time independently.

Lunch time

All children in Reception are able to recieve a free school meal at lunch time. School meals are prepared freshly each day by our fantastic kitchen team.

Children can bring a packed lunch from home - please see our Healthy Lunchbox Guide.

Please understand due to severe allergies - WE ARE A NUT FREE SCHOOL

Information and Documents to sign and return

Each child starting Freezywater St Georges in September will receive a Welcome Pack and parents are asked to collect  these from the School office -  packs will contain documents that will need  to be signed and returned to the school. 

Phonics

One of the very exciting things about starting in Reception will be learning phonics and quickly being able to use them for reading and writing.

At school we will teach phonics by using Ruth Miskin’s - Read Write Inc programme. Experts strongly promote the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Using Read Write Inc the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into composing what they write.

We do not expect the children to come into school knowing their letter names and sounds. Some children may show interest in recognising letters and writing, that’s great, if your child doesn’t yet do not worry there are plenty of ways you can help them prepare through the summer.

Read, read, read – sharing stories is so important, children need to hear you read stories to them and for you to be excited about reading, you are their role model and if you love reading they will pick up on this. Read with enthusiasm, read with expression. It doesn’t matter if you change the words, make it up from the pictures or have funny voices for the characters. Read signs, read labels, read newspapers – start to find print in the environment there’s lots of words all around us.

Playing listening and sound games will also enable your child to tune into sounds they hear. Some examples of games you can play are below…

  • Close their eyes whilst you hide a noisy bunch of keys somewhere in the room, were they able to identify the direction of the sound, giving them a clue as to where to find them?
  • Play a sound talk game, you can use a collection of house hold objects put them on the floor or table in front of your child ask them ‘can you find the h-a-t?’, ‘where’s the b-oo-k?’ can they identify the objects from your sound talk?
  • Have a quiet moment inside the house, - what can they hear? E.g. Washing machine? Cars outside? How about in the garden? Birds singing? Plane going past?
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes are also important activities to support your child. Encourage them to clap, stamp or tap along with musical instruments.
  • Experiment with voice sounds can you make your voice go down the slide ‘weeeeee’ or bounce like a ball ‘boing boing’ can you buzz like a bee?
  • My mum went to market Invite your child to play the game with you. ‘My mother went to market and she bought …’ She has to buy things beginning with the same sound and the list of things she buys grows and grows. e.g - a sandwich, a sock, a sausage.
  • Read a familiar book with your child. After you have read it, can you remember what happened? Discuss together what happened at the beginning of the story? In the middle? At the end? Could you change a part of the story to make a new version? The story could be retold by using puppets or soft toys.

As part of the children’s Read Write Inc lessons we use silent signals when demonstrated by the teacher or teaching assistant the children respond to them in the correct way. These silent signals used in lessons ensure quick, effective management within the classroom. All children who are in the Read Write Inc groups will be taught these signals which will ensure consistency across school.

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