New To Reception Starters September 2020

Dear families, we hope you have been enjoying your summer. Please ensure you have read the email sent in July about returning to school. On Wednesday 2nd September and Thursday 3rd September your child’s teachers and teaching assistants will be carrying out doorstep visits. Please note we will not be able to enter your home so these will take place in your doorstep (whilst maintaining a distance of 2 metres). It gives us an opportunity to have a one to one discussion, we can answer any of your questions, ensure we have gathered important information such as data collection forms, medical needs, passwords for pickup, items children will need to bring to school, how to sign up to Target Tracker and Bug Club.  On this email you will find a time and date for your doorstep visit , you will also find information about our five day part time transition into Reception, where children will be attending either a morning session or an afternoon sessions (from Friday 4th September to Thursday 10th September). Please email if you have any further questions. In the meantime before starting school please watch the following videos with your child. We have created these videos to show your child our morning routine (scroll down to the bottom of the page). We are all so excited to meet you all. See you very soon.  


Dear parents, would you like to support your child's understanding of Phonics and Maths? Lancashire Adult Learning are holding LIVE, ONLINE CLASSROOMS for parents who have children starting in Reception - and we'd love for parents at Reedley to get involved. This course was completed by many parents last year in school and parents commented on how it helped them to understand how children learn in Reception. For full details, please email  For more information, please also click on the file below named - Online Learning For Parents in September.

There is a virtual group to offer support and information to help parents and carers feel prepared for their child's first day at school. The group runs every Friday at 10-11am or 2-3pm. If you'd like to participate please contact 0300 247 0040 for more information. Please download the poster at the bottom of the page named, 'Ready Steady School'.

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’. Our aim is 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.

· Support children to get to know, and like, the teachers and teaching assistants in Reception. 

· Ensure children are familiar and happy with their new school environment, its routines and expectations.


Home Learning linked to Early Number.

Please watch Miss Mackenzie read Handa's Hen. Can you join in with the story? Can you join in with the i-spy game? Then download the file at the bottom of the age named, 'Handa's Hen Activities 17.06.20. We'd love to see pictures of your Maths learning. You can send your pictures to Please include your child's full name, thank you. 

Please watch Miss Mackenzie read Hooray for Fish! How many fish can you see? Once you have read the book please click on the link Hooray for Fish Activities. 

Songs to Sing Miss Mackenzie and Mrs King (Reception Class Teachers) have recorded some of their favourite songs for you to join in with. Can you learn the songs, 10 green bottles, Wind the Bobbin Up, Five Little Monkeys, If You're Happy and You Know It? We'd love it if you could send us a video of you singing our songs to our email: Have fun singing!


We have found useful links with on-line 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:

If you scroll to the bottom of the page please click on, 'Book to Read with your child about starting school'. This is a story that may help your child gain a better understanding of what to expect when they start school. Enjoy reading it together! 

Bitesize and CBeebies have some activities and games linked to starting school; Play this fun game it’s all about going to school:


On the CBeebies website, you can watch Topsy and Tim on their first day at school and there’s lots of advice for both children and parents:


Book Trust is the UK's largest children's reading charity. Their website has lots of ideas for families:


Tom Hardy reads a bedtime story, Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It's all about a little crab overcoming his worries with a little help and encouragement:


The Book Trust has information about supporting bedtime routines:


CBeebies have a storytime app that can be downloaded for free:


Music activities with young children support their physical and mental wellbeing by encouraging movement and providing a means of expression. The songs on CBeebies music time are varied and fun for everyone:


Try out some yoga and mindfulness to help your child to relax and soothe any anxieties:


The Characteristics of Effective learning empower children as confident, creative lifelong learners. In Reception, we focus on developing the characteristics because motivation is more important than intelligence and is the key to success for children and adults. We ensure different types of learning occur through an exciting, challenging environment with open-ended resources, opportunities for uninterrupted play and high-quality teacher interactions where we scaffold the children's thinking. Further information for parents can be found by clicking the following link:

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 further ideas of how you can support your child with their home learning: Below another couple of useful websites, which might help:

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 you 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!

· 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! Check out these other resources from the EEF for more helpful tips. Here are some easy steps to help you build a great home learning routine with your 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


We will use this page to keep in touch and keep you updated.


Keep safe, Miss Mackenzie (Early Years Foundation Stage Lead)

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