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Reception 2020 New Starter Information

 🌈 Welcome! 🌞

We are delighted that you have chosen Upperby Primary School and we are looking forward to meeting you very soon!

We have two separate Reception Year Classrooms ...Sunbeams and Rainbows. We both share the outside play areas, spend some time joining in with shared play activities and go for lunch together. 

It is rather tricky to get photos of our provision just at the moment, so here are some photos of children who have gone through our Reception classes recently, to give you an idea of the range of activities on offer. Children are encouraged to develop their self-confidence and make their own decisions about where they want to play and what they want to do during their busy time...

Coronavirus changes...

From September, following the current guidance, both Reception classes will be considered to be in the same "bubble".

The indoor and outdoor provision for all children will be slightly different to what we would normally have. Currently, we are not allowed to have:

  • malleable materials -playdough etc
  • soft furnishings -cushions, soft toys etc
  • sand

All equipment and toys that children use are either sanitised each day or separated into boxes and used as part of the rota of equipment.

We have hand sanitiser spray in each class and children will be shown how to give their hands a "squoosh" during the sessions, on entry and exit to the classrooms as well as washing their hands regularly with soap and water. It would really help us if you could practise this process with your child and get them used to washing their own hands before they come into school in September! 

This is the way we wash our hands......

Upperby Nursery Children

Children coming to Reception year who have been in our Allstars Nursery, will begin the new term on Thursday 3rd September, back in the Nursery with Mr Stokes and the Nursery Team. They will be brought through to spend time in their new classes by the Nursery Staff during the week starting the 7th September. By the Thursday and Friday of that week they will be based in their new class with their new teacher.

Please see Mrs Hodgkins letter to parents dated 13th July on the September 2020 page, as this details  the specific times for arrival and collection of children and specifies which gates and routes around the school parents should use for each year group.

Parent Welcome Pack

We are putting together Parent Welcome Packs for all our children starting with us in September.

You can collect your pack from the Hall Doors (situated off the main Playground area) next 

Thursday 16th July between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm 

The Reception Teachers, Miss Davidson (Sunbeams) and Miss Henry (Rainbows) will be ready to say hello and answer any questions you may have when you arrive!

Inside the pack there are

  • important forms that will need to be filled in and returned to the school office in September
  • the Unique Child form, which will need to be filled in and returned to the Class Teacher in September 
  • the Parents Guide to Reception ( also here on the website -see below)
  • some activity ideas for the holidays

It is really important that you collect your pack from school -if you cannot manage to be there on that day, please let us know and we will arrange an alternative time for you to collect it from the office.



Breakfast and After School Clubs Update

Breakfast and After School Club will not be opening until after the October Half term holiday....please see Mrs Hodgkins letter to parents dated 13th July on the 'September 2020' page. We will keep you informed of any updates as they occur.

Free School Meals and Clothing Grant

You may qualify for an extra allowance that offers some financial help with buying uniforms etc. Parents should now apply online...just fill in the form on the direct link below to see if you qualify.

Parent Guide 2020

This is our guide for parents, which gives you lots of important information that you will need at the beginning of the year, including :

  • Classes and Teaching Staff
  • Coming and going 
  • Uniform
  • Dinners
  • Snacks and milk
  • PE and the outdoors, including clothes for outdoors
  • Water bottles and book bags
  • Upperby School Ethos
  • Curriculum in the Early Years
  • The Characteristics of Learning
  • Communication with Parents
  • Term dates for the school year

Tapestry Online Learning Journal

We use 'Tapestry' throughout our Early Years to record our observations of what the children do -we want to make sure that all of our parents are confident with using Tapestry from when the children first come into school.

When the staff have logged an observation with a photo or short video, it can be sent straight to parents so that you can see what's going on too! You can join in and upload photos and videos from home; this might be the moments when you see that your child is making progress with counting or phonics,it might be them telling a story or a record of a day trip or holiday (how often do we ask the children where they went and they just shrug their shoulders!) - now we can see these and reply back to you and we can also share the observations with the rest of the class at carpet time. 

It works in a very similar way to other social media can 'like' an observation so that we know you have seen it or, even better, you can make a comment about what you have seen!

You will get an activation email from us ...when you see it, click on it and follow the instructions to set up your account. There are some short videos now on Youtube that you can watch to help you with this and other aspects of using Tapestry at home.


Tapestry for parents/relatives: Setting up your account

This video runs through how to set up your account as a parent or relative on Tapestry. Your child's school, nursery or childminder will need to initially se...

Tapestry for parents/relatives: Adding an observation

This video runs through how as a parent or relative on Tapestry you can add your own observations of your children.

Helping your child be school ready

A great video from Penny Tassoni, Early Years author and education consultant

Skills for starting school from PACEY

The Early Learning Goals

At the end of Reception Year, children's progress is measured against the Early Learning Goals, as an expected level of development for a typical 5 year old child - children will be either emerging towards, at the expected or exceeding the expected level. 

These pages are taken from the " What to expect, when" document, written especially for parents as a guide to the ages and stages of children's development throughout the Early Years.

School Lunches

Lots of our children choose to have a school dinner as there is currently no charge due to the Universal Free School Meals offer. Meals should be ordered online in advance and the school office will provide you with your login details.

If you prefer, you can provide your child with a packed lunch -here are some great ideas for nutritious and healthy packed lunches.....