New Reception Starters September 2021 2021 - 2022

Miss Mackenzie

A very warm welcome to Reedley Primary School! We are delighted that you will become part of Team Reedley from September 2021.  We can't wait to meet you all! If you have any questions please contact Miss Mackenzie on

Thank you to those parents who have handed in their forms. We have now contacted you and will email you with a date and time if you would like a 'doorstep' visit in June or July, please remember to email back to confirm the date and time is suitable.

Please remember if you were unable to attend our Welcome to Reedley Zoom we are running a second Zoom on Wednesday 16th June and Monday 21st June. You will find the link in the last email sent out. 

Please note, if you have not received your welcome phone call please call us on: 01282693688 and ask for Miss Mackenzie EYFS Lead.

 At Reedley our aim is to support parents to help parents get their children ‘school ready’ and at the same time we are getting ourselves ‘child-ready’. We hope to:

· Know each child, including their interests and needs.

· Ensure we are ready and able to meet these interests and needs.

· Form successful relationships with each family.

· Children have got to know, and like, the teachers and teaching assistants in Reception. 


On this page, you will find ideas of how you can support your child at home before they come to Reedley Primary School.

In the file section below I have added the All About Me Pack if you would like an online copy. Please fill this out over the summer and hand it in once your child starts school in September. You could also make a poster with your child. You can include their drawings or photographs of their family, pets, games they like to play, their interests and their favourite toy. Children can then bring this to school and children can talk about their posters with their teachers. 

At Reedley we instil a love of reading. Please support us by reading regularly at home. Here are some easy ways you can make reading a part of every day:

  • Don’t worry about how long you read for. Every minute spent reading makes a bigger difference than you realise!
  • Don’t worry about what your kids are reading: recipes, cereal packets, Argos catalogues… It’s all useful! Keep books and other reading materials close by.
  • Reading to children of all ages is helpful. If your little one isn’t reading by themselves yet, read with them.
  • Ask lots of questions: Who, what, where, when and why and ask them to summarise when you’ve finished. Tips on doing jobs or playing with your children – the TRUST approach. Here is a tool to help your child think and talk about the world around them. The TRUST approach can be used when you are talking with your child, such as when you are reading, doing jobs together or playing:
  • Take turns to talk about what you are going to do. Say things like: “I’m going to wear my red jumper today. What colour jumper would you like to wear”
  • Recap the plan as you are working. Say things like: “Why do you think that happened?”
  • Use lots of encouragement. Say things like: “What great ideas… Let’s see what happens!” Share what you know to help your child.
  • Say things like: “Have you learnt about…at school?”
  • Tune-in and be interested. Say things like: “I didn’t know you knew so much about…!”

Here are a few tips for how parents can support maths learning every day:

  • Board games like Snakes and Ladders or other games with numbered spaces can be great for maths learning. You can even make your own!
  • Why not listen to Miss Mackenzie read Handa's Hen
  • Mrs King is singing Ten Green Bottles. Can you join in with her? 
  • Meals and snack times can be great to teach lots of concepts, like sharing, talking about time, counting how many carrots you have, estimating the number of beans or comparing sizes of potatoes.
  • Use maths words in conversation and play. This can include talking about size (“Which is bigger?”), order (“Which is first?”), shapes and more.
  • Stories can be great opportunities for maths learning. One great free resource for maths stories is but you can use other books too!
  • Use manipulatives like bricks or toys of different sizes or amounts. Measuring items, scales, construction materials, puzzles, sorting and pattern materials are also great sources for discussion!  Here are some easy steps to help parents to build a great home learning routine with their child:
  • Point it out when your child is doing something right and say well done!
  • Talk with your child about each other’s learning struggles and coping strategies. Don’t be afraid to be open about getting it wrong and trying a different strategy.
  • No one knows your child as well as you. Speak to your child and trust your judgement about what works for them above any general advice.
  • Regular routines help support positive behaviour and learning
  • Routines can help support good behaviour and this might help parents to find a new daily routine. Consistent routines can be a struggle at home with changes to our home working and learning. Routines can be helpful in supporting positive behaviour and general well-being.

We have found useful links with online resources which are useful to read. They can support you to prepare your child for school, helping them with home learning, develop crucial communication and language skills.

Please click the following link for useful information about how to support your child with school readiness.


Hungry Little Minds is a fantastic website which was launched by the Department for Education to encourage parents and carers to engage in activities that support their child's early learning and help set them up for school and beyond


The National Literacy Trust’s new project, Small Talk, aims to support the language development of 30,000 children under the age of five by equipping parents with the skills and confidence they need to chat, play and read with their child every day. 


Tiny Happy People helps parents to develop their child's communication skills. It offers simple activities and play ideas to help parents find out about their amazing early development. 

Here are some ideas of how you can support your child with their home learning: 

Please click the link below for fantastic videos and games which prepare your child for School. 

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