We’re keen to work as closely as possible with you all the way through your child’s time at primary school, and perhaps Reception is the most important time to get this right. Like other teachers, Reception staff are available to speak with you at the start and end of the day. There’s usually a chance to have a quick word with one of the Reception team when you drop your child off in the morning, or collect them in the afternoon. When you’re in, you’re welcome to have a look through your child’s Learning Journey book, too.
Learning happens at school and at home. We want to hear about some of the learning that happens at home. This might be a ‘wow moment’ when your child does something really special at home, such as riding a bike without stabilisers, swimming without armbands, writing their name, reading signs on the street etc. Equally, it might be other learning moments, such as your child re-telling a story they heard at school, choosing to count steps, recognising bus numbers or your child writing a shopping list. Please tell us about these home learning moments. As well as a great way to celebrate your child’s development, knowing about the learning which is going on at home will mean staff can make sure they encourage your child to practise or apply the skills they’ve shown.
Sharing information about what your child enjoys and is interested in is important. The Reception team take on board the interests of the class and plan future topics around them. Using our Talking Together document can be a good way to share information. It can also be a good prompt for valuable talk at home and at school – a fundamental aspect of learning (and an introduction to our Talk Time homework in Key Stage 1 and 2).
Don’t forget to come to our ‘Relax and Read’ sessions, happening most Thursdays first thing and lasting around half an hour. They’re a great way to share a story. Occasionally during the year, you’ll be invited to a session to observe phonics being taught – do come along to get ideas about how to support your child in this important aspect of reading and writing.
See the Transition section below for how we work with you to secure a positive start to your child’s primary school years.