Starting Reception Tonge Moor Primary School
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Contact Information Tonge Moor Community Primary School Brierwood Bolton BL2 2PF Tel: 01204 333755 Email: email@example.com Website: www.tonge-moor.bolton.sch.uk Headteacher: Mrs Read Chair of Governors: Mr Dave Scowcroft EYFS Phase Leader: Mrs H Muldowney Reception Teachers: Mrs S Roscoe & Miss Delvard Reception Support Staff: Mrs G. Eagle and Mrs Obertelli Our Vision Statement At Tonge Moor we are committed to working together to provide an inspirational and exciting environment where children develop an enthusiasm for life-long learning. We believe that every child should feel happy, safe and valued so that they gain a respectful, caring attitude towards each other and the environment both locally and globally.
About Reception The Early Years Foundation Stage at Tonge Moor covers a child’s time in Nursery and Reception. We have enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are fully qualified and experienced. We work closely as a team to provide a smooth transition as children progress from Nursery to the Reception classes. As the year advances children will be supported as they move on from the Early Years Foundation Stage ready to start in Key Stage 1. There are two Reception classes, which are joined through a shared creative area. The children in Reception continue to learn through play. Play is a child’s work and through this children develop the attitudes and skills to become ‘school’ ready. Our aim is to create a happy and stimulating atmosphere. Classroom Organisation There is a wide range of areas set up across the indoor and outdoor classrooms, for the children to access independently, this is known as the Continuous Provision. The activities available in these areas are carefully planned and enable the children to develop in a variety of ways. The key areas include: Reading Writing/Mark-Making Maths Painting Play dough Junk Modelling Role-play Small World Play Construction ICT The area outside of the Early Years Foundation Stage classes provides the children with an exciting learning environment outdoors. Reception children still go into the main school playground for lunch breaks.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Children in Reception continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The EYFS curriculum has been revised and from September 2012 consists of Three Prime areas of learning and Four Specific areas of learning, these are: Prime Areas Personal, Social and Making relationships Self-confidence and self- Emotional awareness Development Managing feelings and behaviour Moving and handing Physical Development Health and self -care Listening and attention Communication and Understanding Language Speaking Specific Areas Reading Literacy Writing Numbers Mathematics Shape, space and measure People and communities Understanding the The world World technology Exploring and using media and Expressive Arts and materials Design Being imaginative The children will also be assessed against the Characteristics of Effective Learning, with staff considering how your child behaves in relation to the following areas: Characteristics of Effective Learning Playing and exploring – engagement Active learning – motivation Creating and thinking critically – thinking Further information explaining the revised EYFS curriculum will be provided in the Autumn term.
Bringing your child to school At 8.55am the children enter school through the far side entrance, of the Headquarters building, As the Early Years Foundation Stage is all about encouraging children to develop their independence, we would like parents and carers to wait outside of this door and allow the children to enter the classroom and hang their coat up on their own. After registration the children are involved in a 20 minute teaching session, this is vital time and all children should arrive promptly for the start of each session. Attendance and punctuality is so important because it not only develops good habits for a lifetime, but maximises your child’s opportunity to learn. If you anticipate any difficulties with this Mrs Sharples, our Pastoral Manager, is available to help. Collecting your child from Reception Children in Reception can be collected from 3.05pm. All children need to have been collected by 3.15pm. The children will leave by the classroom doors in the outside area. Please wait in this area, when the children are ready inside, a member of staff will stand at the door and call your child’s name so that they know they are safe to come out to you. Please do not allow your child or younger siblings to play with the toys or climb on the wall or railings in this area. Children must be brought and collected from school by a person over the age of 16. When you complete the admission forms, you will be asked to provide a password in case someone other than the regular named persons need to collect your child. If this is the case you will still need to ring and inform school that we are to expect someone different. If somebody unknown comes and they cannot provide the recorded password then they will not be allowed to collect your child. Please collect your child on time and phone to let us know if you are running late or if there is a problem.
A late charge will be made for children who are regularly late being collected. For more information please see the back of this booklet. After School Care We now have after school care at Tonge Moor Primary. This is term time only until 6.00pm, Monday – Friday. Cost 3.15 - 6.00pm £7.00 Includes an after school snack (sandwiches, fruit, biscuit/cake) Please see the school office for more information or for a registration form Wednesday Weekly Every Wednesday, in school, we publish the Wednesday Weekly. This is our weekly newsletter that contains important information about school life and events. The website also contains lots of information about school. www.tongemoor.bolton.sch.uk
Our Reception Day Our school day starts at 8.55am We have Dinner time 11.45 am -12.30pm Our school day ends at 3.05pm – Children can be collected between 3.05 – 3.15pm Group Work In addition to the Continuous provision available in the classrooms, children also take part in adult-led small group work which focuses on developing their phonics, reading, writing and maths skills. Carpet Time During each session there is an opportunity for the children to come together for a quiet time. This is used for working with the whole group on a range of activities including: Stories Number Rhymes Discussions Games Phonics Snack time Snack Time Each day the children are offered a piece of fruit and a carton of milk. Outdoor Play We now have a super outdoor area! The outdoor environment provides us with a useful space in which to extend learning. The children will go outdoors whatever the weather so it is important that your child brings a warm waterproof coat every day. ICT The children have access to computers, interactive whiteboards, remote control toys, roamers, CD players, tills, digital cameras etc., both in and outside the classroom.
Library Time Children visit the school library each week. Parents/Carers can join the library which is open to them on Wednesday, before and after school. P.E The children take part in a weekly P.E lesson. School will provide your child with their P.E uniform of burgundy shorts and pale blue t-shirt. All you are asked to provide are a pair of slip on pumps and a small drawstring bag so that the P.E kit can be kept at school. Primary Years Programme As throughout the rest of school we follow the IB Primary Years Programme. The PYP is an international, transdisciplinary programme designed to foster the development of the whole child. The Reception classes undertake four units of inquiry across the year, these are ‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Seasons’, ‘Grow & Change’ and ‘My Class’ during these units children are encouraged to formulate their own questions, research the answers, reflect on their findings and take action. We also refer to the PYP Learner Profile throughout our daily routine helping the children to become familiar with the terms Inquirer, Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk Taker, Balanced and Reflective, which are used to describe the characteristics we would like children to demonstrate throughout school. Educational Visits We believe that educational visits provide significant opportunities for learning. We try to keep costs down and want every child to take part. Please see the information at the back of this booklet for likely visits.
Preparing for Reception Moving into a new class can be a daunting experience for a child of any age and at Tonge Moor we work hard to make the transition as easy as possible. We believe the more time your child has to prepare for the change the better and so over the next half term we begin preparations to help them become familiar with both the Reception staff and environments. Over the next few weeks we will be holding ‘transition’ events where you and your child will have the opportunity to visit our Reception classrooms. There will be time for your child to explore their new indoor and outdoor surrounding s and a chance for you all to meet and talk with staff. If your child already attends our Nursery, our new environment means that they already spend time outdoors with the Reception teachers. In addition, to visiting the Great Hall, reading books about going to school and talking about moving into Reception, over the next few weeks we will arrange times so that children can meet the Reception staff. Dates for your Diary: Transition Week – Monday 30th June 2014 After School Opening – Wednesday 2nd July – 4.00 - 4.30pm. (Visit to School with your Child) OR After School Opening – Thursday 3rd July – 4.00 - 4.30pm. (Visit to School with your Child) EYFS Bear Hunt/ Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Friday 4th July 2014 Your child’s starting date/time will be given to you at the meeting for new parents.
Helping Your Child Get Ready For School Preparing your child for the changes ahead really can make a difference to how they cope when starting school. Talking to your child about their new class will give them time to process and think about what they can expect. Talk to your child about the staff they will meet and help them become familiar with our names. If your child isn’t used to wearing a uniform make sure you talk about it and let them try it on before their first day. Letting them come with you to buy their uniform can also prove a positive experience. If your child has only attended Nursery on a part time basis it can be very confusing for them finding themselves staying at school all day. Talk to your child and explain that they will be staying at school from after breakfast time through dinner time until home time. Going to the dinner hall can be equally as daunting, talk to your child about staying for dinner and make sure they know if they will be having a school dinner or packed lunch. All children are entitled to a free school dinner. See later. Encourage your child to dress/undress themselves. Let them practise putting on and taking off their coat on their own. Have clear and consistent rules and routines at home to prepare your child for this at school Encourage your child to listen to others and to follow instructions. This will help him/her to benefit most from the rich curriculum on offer. Continue to share books, sing songs/rhymes together and do lots of counting to encourage them to look for numbers and words in their environment.
Helping your child to settle into Reception It is important that we work closely with you during this settling in period and we respond to the needs of your child as an individual. Take an interest in what your child is doing every day! Display their models and stick their work up at home. Uniform Please make sure your child is in the correct uniform everyday: Maroon Sweatshirt/Cardigan (with or without school badge) White or pale blue shirt/polo shirt Grey skirt/pinafore/trousers (girls may wear trousers) Grey or white socks Black shoes Warm waterproof coat Sweatshirts and cardigans with the school badge are available from Parkers (School Outfitters) Deansgate, Bolton PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING ARE CLEARLY MARKED WITH YOUR CHILDS NAME Jewellery For safety reasons no jewellery should be worn. Illness We want you to send your children to school every single day but if your child is really unwell then they need to stay at home. If your child is just ‘out of sorts’ it’s better to bring them in and we will get in touch with you if they can’t manage at school. Absences If your child is absent from school please telephone us to tell us why they are absent. Also please speak to your child’s teacher when they return. If no reason is given for absence it becomes unauthorised. If a child has a number of unauthorised absences this can trigger a fixed penalty warning letter.
School Meal Arrangements From September 2014 ALL Reception and Key Stage 1 children will be entitled to a free school meal. Free school meals are available to some children according to family income. It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) to support learning. Please continue to register your eligibility for free school meals with Bolton Council and hand any proof of eligibility that you receive from them to the school office. We would like all children to take up the offer of a FREE lunch. However, if you decide to send your child with a packed lunch, we have a healthy eating policy and ask that you do not send sweets, chocolates etc., and that drinks are not in glass bottles or cans. No fizzy drinks thank you. Toys Whilst we understand that having items from home can be comforting, there is a high chance they will be damaged or lost in school. Therefore we would ask you to ensure your child does not bring toys with them to school. Sweets Please do not send sweets etc. if you wish, you can send sweets for all the children on your child’s birthday (no lollipops please or hard sweets thank you).
Helping in School School has an active ‘Friends of Tonge Moor’ group who are always looking for new members. Throughout the year they organise various events and support school with donations and gifts. If you would like to help with reading in school please speak to a member of staff. Before you can start you need to fill in a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. This can take twelve weeks to arrive so the sooner you complete one the sooner you can start helping. Hoot Savings Scheme Hoot is our school savings club which is open to everyone, children, parents and staff. Membership is free to all and there is no minimum deposit. On joining, you or your child will receive a savings card. You will also receive interest on your savings, which will be paid annually. You can save as much or as little as you like. Hoot is in the hall every Friday morning between 8.30 and 9.00am. Talking to Staff At Tonge Moor we have an open door policy. If you are worried about something or need to speak to someone we will do our best to see you straight away. If we cannot see you immediately we will make an appointment to see you as soon as possible. We hope that you have found this information useful but if there is something else that you would like to know please tell us so that we can include it next time.
Collection of Children At the end of the day we ask that you wait outside your child’s class, for the class to be dismissed by the teacher. Arriving 5 minutes early is a good way to meet other parents. Please inform the school if you are going to be late collecting your child to avoid any concerns or if someone new is picking up. Please be aware this person must be prepared to be asked for the child’s password, so please make them aware of this. If at 4.00pm your child is still in school, they will be taken to our after school club and a charge of £7.00 will be incurred. If you are frequently late collecting your child, a charge may be made. After School Club Tonge Moor After School Club begins at 3.15pm. Staff will collect the children from their classrooms and take them to the Great Hall building. Registration is then completed by a member of staff to ensure all children are present. After a light snack, the children are given time to relax after a busy day at school with a wide range of activities provided for them to enjoy. Some of the activities include outdoor games, art & crafts, role play, construction, board games, reading, computer games and DVDs. Cost 3.15 - 6.00pm £7.00 Includes an after school snack (sandwiches, fruit, biscuit/cake) Please see the school office for more information or for a registration form
EYFS Bear Hunt/Teddy Bears Picnic Smithills Open Farm As part of our unit of inquiry ‘The Seasons’ the Reception children have the opportunity to visit Smithills Farm. The children who have visited the farm in the past have always very much enjoyed the experience. They have the opportunity to handle baby animals, see a variety of livestock, watch cows being milked, enjoy donkey and tractor rides and see a working farm in action.
Tonge Moor Primary School SCHOOL TERMS AND HOLIDAYS 2014/2015 Autumn Term Children in school 72 days Total 74 days in term INSET day (Staff) Monday 1st September 2014 Term begins: Tuesday 2nd September 2014 Training days 2/3 Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th October 2014 Half Term: Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October 2014 Term ends: Friday 19th December 2014 Spring Term Children in school 54 days Total 55 days in term Training day Monday 5th January 2015 Term begins: Tuesday 6th January 2015 Half Term: Monday 16th February to Friday 20th February 2015 Term ends: Friday 27th March 2015 Summer Term Children in school 64 days Total 64 days in term Term begins: Monday 13th April 2015 Bank Holiday: Monday 4th May 2015 Half term: Monday 25th May – Friday 5th June 2015 (Please note that this is two weeks) Term ends: Friday 24th July 2015
Tonge Moor Primary School Brierwood Tonge Moor BOLTON BL2 2PF Telephone: 01204 333755 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.tonge-moor.bolton.sch.uk
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