Herrick Primary School
Herrick Primary School
Herrick Primary School

Welcome to Reception

To our new children and your families,

Welcome to Herrick!

We are so pleased that you have chosen to come to Herrick Primary School and we can’t wait to meet you all. We just want to reassure you at this time of uncertainty that we won’t forget you and will give you as much support as any other year.

It is normally during the summer term that we start carrying out the transition period for your child. We will be contacting you closer to the start date - will send you further information when we have more of an understanding of the procedures to follow. We can’t wait to see you then and answer any questions you may have.

We will tell you how the Reception class works and key information you need. Again, if we are unable to do this in a school meeting we will do it through other, online means. Please do not worry, we will get you all the information and be here for any questions you may have.

We will also put on a video tour of our classroom if we can’t get back before September so that you can see all the wonderful and exciting areas the children get to play and learn in.

We are so excited that you have become part of the Herrick Family and will keep you updated on any information that you need. Please keep checking our school webpage (there will be activities/videos that will help your child when starting Reception).

See you all soon and take care.

Reception Information for Parents 2020-2021

Reception Phase Leader - Mrs A Aydin

Our staff
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Miss Jones
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Miss Lewis
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Mrs Lad
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Mrs Ebrahim
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Mrs Baza

Miss Jones: Rec AJ
Miss Lewis: Rec RL

Welcome to Reception at Herrick.

School starts at 8.30 and finishes at 3:15pm

To ensure the safety of all our stakeholders, there may be changes to the timings and exit/enter points. Our traditional systems will be reviewed. More information will be sent out nearer your child’s starting date.

We have planned activities on DB Primary for you to do over the summer period to help get your child ready for reception.

Children are required to wear a black or green jumper or cardigan, white t-shirt or shirt and black or grey trousers. Black or grey skirts need to be knee length. Children can wear black jogging bottoms in Reception. Every item needs to be named. We have a strict no nail varnish policy. Children can wear studs only.

P.E Kit
Children should bring in their PE kits, in a drawstring bag-not a rucksack. His/her P.E Kit needs to be in school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday. If your child wears religious jewellery, it needs to be covered by a sweatband or removed for P.E.
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Children are not required to bring in folders or pencil cases. All equipment is provided. Children are not allowed to bring their own stickers into school.

Outdoor play
Children will enjoy using the mud kitchen, exploring the water wall, and using the large apparatus outside to encourage children to access the full curriculum. Outdoor learning is an essential part of the Early Years curriculum. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies that are named and a suitable coat.

While all children are entitled to free school meals and there is provision of both vegetarian and meat (no beef) hot meals, initially we may be offering a healthy packed lunch.

If you still would like your child to have a packed lunch from home, we request that children bring a healthy packed lunch which includes fruit. We believe in encouraging children to develop healthy eating habits: Fizzy drinks and chocolates are not permitted. We are also a nut free zone. We can provide water.

We encourage children to eat as much as they can and we will inform you if your child is not eating enough.

It is important that you collect your child on time as it can be distressing for young children and affect their settling into school. Teachers will ensure that each child has been collected by the adult/s stated on the consent form. If you have arranged for another adult to collect your child, please send a note to our school office.

Early Years Curriculum
We follow Early Years Development Matters in Reception. The focus of the first few weeks is settling the children, then once our baseline is completed. We will introduce phonics through structured letters and sounds lessons and structured maths lessons. Children will have access to creative and messy play in their learning through play. Reception staff will be a play partner to support their learning.

During the first half term children will be assessed against the Development Matters criteria through play. You will be informed of their Baseline Data at the end of September. Throughout the year we will continue to observe their progress in line with Development Matters. You will be invited to parents’ evenings to discuss your child’s progress and attainment. You will receive a full report at the end of the summer term. We also use Target Tracker online system to record your child’s achievements and the work they have produced. At the end of each term you will be able to view your child’s online learning journal.

Learning Folder and Children’s Topic Books
Homework is sent out on a Friday and collected every Wednesday. Their homework is sent home in a folder. Topic books are sent home to view their child’s work, once new work has been completed. This might not be every week to begin with. The topic books need returning to school the next day.

Home and school Diary & Reading Journal
This is the orange book your child will bring home. This is where reading is recorded as well as your child’s next steps and progress in phonics. We will also write Maths targets throughout the term. Your child will be given 5 words to learn - once your child can read them, further words will be given out. You can help your child by practising these at home.

Reading Books
Every child will be given a picture book. Once they have learnt to blend the sounds they will have a phonic reading book. Please regularly read with your child at home and sign their reading journal as evidence that they have read the book. Children will have their reading book changed on a specific day each week. Your child needs their book bag with their book in school every day. Each child will be heard once a week by an adult in school.

Community Link Officer
Mrs N. Kaur is our Community Link Officer. She is available in Reception from 8.30 to 9.00am and from 3.00-4.00pm. Mrs Kaur passes on messages to class teachers and can deal with any queries you have. For health and safety reasons, parents are not permitted to enter the Key Stage Two corridor during the school day.

Yours Sincerely Mrs A. Aydin
Assistant Head

Herrick Primary School
Lockerbie Avenue
Telephone: 0116 2665656
Email: office@herrick.leicester.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr U Patel
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