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Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to the new academic year at Edward the Elder and the start of your child’s learning journey in full term school! We are so excited for the school year to begin, and I am sure the children will be more than ready for the learning and fun this year will incorporate! We are sure that the children will settle quickly into their new routines and with everyone’s support we know your child will succeed! Our main priority is to ensure that all pupils are settled and happy before introducing a rigid timetable in any form.


Supporting the children in Reception this year will be myself, and Nursery Nurse Mrs Harris, who the children all know extremely well. We welcome back Miss Collins into Reception this year and of course, Miss Lockley will also be on hand in Nursery to offer support and a familiar, friendly face for your children.


We ask that you please return your child’s red Sharing Together Journals and as we use these to share some of your child’s wonderful experiences they may have had whilst enjoying their summer holiday. If you are new to our setting, you will have received one of these at one of your visits. The Sharing Together Books always prove to be an exciting and valuable addition to our curriculum, the children love to share them with their class, and we are looking forward to sharing them with all of the children.  

Purple creative homework books will soon be sent home and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child within the next few weeks. The insert to the book will provide further information about this and we look forward to your exciting contributions!


Children will soon receive reading books and flashcards/words linked to their ability from school. This includes a Floppy’s phonics book which is changed fortnightly and a reading for pleasure book which is changed weekly. Please support us with reading by recording reading at home in your child’s reading diary. A reading workshop will take place early on in the term and we would encourage everyone to attend as this will help to support your child’s journey with reading, which is such a vital skill for all children.

PE will take place twice a week, so please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. Although we may not initially expect your child to change into their P.E. kit this is an important skill which we will introduce as soon as we feel the children are confident enough to do so. P.E. kit should include a white round neck t-shirt, shorts (black or navy) and black pumps. PE lessons will be taught by Mrs Harper and will cover a range of skills. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.

We have some fantastic topics planned for Reception this year and this term our learning will be based around ‘Tell us a Story’ ‘Cultural Fortnight’ ‘Humpty and Friends’ and ‘Christmas’. We will also launch these exciting topics with inspiration days so please look out for further information regarding these valuable learning experiences!


A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in-date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.

We look forward to working with you to ensure your children have a valuable year. Reception is a very important year, and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.


Let the fun commence!


Miss Housden,

Reception Teacher.


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