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To help your child in the build up to September 2020 we have created a tour of the Reception and Nursery classrooms and outdoor area. We hope this gives you and your child a feel for our school and helps you to get to know some of our Early Year’s staff.
We are preparing for your child to join us in September and realise it is difficult at present for us to offer the usual transition into Hillside. We have thought deeply about questions you may have and important information we can share with you. Mrs Morris (Head Teacher) and Mrs Attewell (Early Years Leader) are preparing slides and audio which are usually shared at a “New to Early Years’ Parent meeting” which will give you an introduction to Hillside School life. This will be available to watch soon. We are also wanting to arrange a meeting with you and your child in a safe and useful way – details on how this will happen will follow shortly.
We are providing you with information about a typical school day, resources children need, ideas to help prepare your child for school through answering frequently asked questions. Please refer to the Foundation web pages for further information on Early Year’s Education and the Hillside Early Year’s Handbook sent to you in the “Welcome Pack” which has information to help you prepare your child for Early Year’s Education.
Nursery – Nursery runs for two three hour sessions. Morning session 8:30am – 11:30am and Afternoon session 12:30pm – 3:30pm. We do offer 30 hour funded spaces and the opportunity to pay for lunch.
Reception – The gate to Reception opens at 8:45am and closes at 8:55am. Any child arriving at school after this time is marked as late and will enter the school via the school office. Our day finishes at 3:10pm and the gate remains open until 3:20pm. A child will be taken to the school office to await collection if you are late picking up your child. If someone different is collecting your child, please call or email the school office with their details.
The school has both a breakfast and after school club available. They are based in the Family Centre on the school site. Information regarding the clubs and how to book a space for your child is found on our website and also via the school office.
A company called “Get Active” also runs a variety of after school activities. Year groups are given particular clubs your child can sign up to each half term. Letters with club news and signing up information are sent out each half term.
Children are expected to wear a school uniform (a list of which is available in our Early Year’s handbook and school prospectus) Jumpers, cardigans and fleece with the school logo can be purchased from the school office. Reception children need a PE kit which is a house coloured t –shirt and blue shorts (also available from the school office) It is expected that the PE kit remains in school from Monday to Friday.
A named water bottle is needed, containing water only. A pair of wellies are essential for outdoor learning. We ask all items coming into school to be clearly named and identifiable to the children.
Reception children receive a school book bag. This is needed in school daily, to help the safe journey of reading books and correspondence to and from school. Book bags are kept in a child’s tray in the classroom.
A Nursery session lasts for three hours. Children are encouraged to be as independent as possible. We have a mix of adult led group times and independent learning. Children can free flow inside and outside during independent learning and adults interact with the children whilst they are engaged in activities linked to their fascinations and interests. Children are allocated a Key Person and belong to a Hedgehog or Squirrel Key Group.
Observations are taken of the children and shared half termly with families via Target Tracker. Key people are always available to discuss any queries with you at the beginning or end of sessions.
Our day begins with morning activities in each Key Group area. We encourage the children to come into school as independently as possible. The day has a mix of adult led group times (when we teach phonics, maths, PE and other areas of learning) and independent learning. During independent learning children can free flow inside and outside and follow their own interests and fascinations. Adults observe and interact with children and observations are shared with families half termly via Target Tracker.
At lunch time children have lunch in a dining hall and play outside on the playground closest to the Reception outside area. Children can have a Universal free school meal, (ordered the night before via Scopay) or bring a packed lunch. In the morning the children are offered a fruit or vegetable snack and a drink of milk (please sign up to the cool milk scheme)
At the end of the day parents and carers wait at the gate to Reception and then wait at the classroom door (at the edge of the canopy area) so children can be dismissed safely. If you need to speak to your child’s Key Person you can do so at the end of a day, once all the children have been dismissed.
Emails and messages are sent out via email from the school office. It is important we have an email address we can contact you on and for us to share your child’s learning journey via Target Tracker.
Each week we send a Reception newsletter and every other week a Nursery newsletter goes out to families. The newsletters reflect on the learning in school, gives ideas for home learning and informs you of the learning for the next week. It includes messages and important dates and events.
If you have any queries regarding your child’s education we ask you to email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for the email to be sent on to your child’s Key Person.
Whole school letters are also emailed out and letters are also available to read on our website.
During the Autumn and Spring terms, parents are invited to attend parent teacher meetings, when we share your child’s progress in learning and social and emotional development. Reception children also receive a written report at the end of a school year.
We always appreciate adult helpers in Early Years. Adult helpers must have a current DBS before signing up to help. We usually wait for the children to be well settled before inviting adults in to help (Spring term)
There are a number of skills that children will benefit from having before starting Nursery and School. We encourage all children to be as independent as possible, but realise all children are unique and develop at different ages and stages and we are always able to support your child’s individual needs.
Here is a list of skills which are useful to develop at home before your child starts in Nursery or Reception.
Our planning always links to a story of the week. At Hillside we want all children to become readers, and inspire children to have a desire to lose yourself in a book! Below is a list of stories and traditional tales we share with the children, and we encourage you to enjoy many stories together at home.
Below is a book list of stories we share together in school.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
The Owl who was afraid of the dark – Jill Murphy
Not now Bernard – David Mckee
Mrs Armitage on wheels – Quentin Blake
The tiny seed – Eric Carle
Farmer Duck – Martin Wardell & Helen Oxenbury
Cora Caterpillar – Barry & Emma Tranter
Whatever next? – Jill Murphy
My Granny went to market – Stella Blackstone & Christopher Corr
Some suggestions of these books are:
If you have any further questions which need answering please email email@example.com and ask for your question to be directed to Mrs Attewell, Early Years Leader.
We are looking forward to building relationships with families and welcoming you and your child to Hillside Primary School. We will endeavour to keep you updated with progress on transitions and important parent – teacher meetings as soon as we are able.