In Oak Class we try at all times to encourage independence and confidence in all our children and have a number of routines to support this process.
Children should line up on the playground when the bell is rung at 09:55, reception class lines up on the playground near the climbing frame between Acorn and Sycamore classes. A member of staff will come out to the playground to welcome the children and lead them into the classroom. For the Autumn term, parents are encouraged to come into the classroom to help and support their children.
Each child will have a named peg to hang up their belongings which will remain theirs for the school year. Each child should have their own named water bottle and children have access to fresh, cold water from the water dispenser all day. Children are expected to pour out any old water and refill their water bottle themselves from the dispenser. There is a trolley in the cloakroom where water bottles and any packed lunches should be placed.
When children have reading books, they are expected to take their reading books out of their book bags and place them in a tray on the yellow, round table on the classroom carpet. They should also move their name to the relevant side of the board to confirm whether they are having a school dinner or a packed lunch. Names are magnetic and are on a whiteboard on the wall at the entrance of the classroom. Once this has been done, children should say goodbye to their parents, come to the carpet quietly and sit down. At the beginning of the Spring term, children will be expected to say goodbye to their parents on the playground before coming into the classroom independently. A member of staff will come out to invite them into the classroom.
We operate a rolling snack all day and children can choose to eat a piece of fruit or vegetable and have a drink of milk or water from their bottles. During continuous provision (when the children are choosing their own activities) children are able to drink freely and use the toilet facilities without the need to ask permission from staff.
Children in reception are not expected to attend Collective Worship every day but will usually attend the first one of a new term, when the school has outside visitors and on every other Friday when there is a Family Collective Worship. This is to minimise disruptions to their learning and recognises that young children, particularly in the Autumn term may struggle to concentrate appropriately.
As Oak Class have regular access to the outdoor area, as well as the large playground, throughout the day, they will remain with their class during morning and afternoon 'whole school' playtimes. Children become absorbed in their activities and disruption can negatively affect their concentration, learning and progress. In the summer term, children will begin to participate in these sessions as part of their transition into Year 1.
Oak Class have their lunch with the nursery children at 12:00 and there is a member of staff to support them whilst they are eating. They are expected to line up sensibly, select their lunch and carry their plate back to the table. The staff will then help them cut up their food, take their plate when they have finished and bring their dessert. Once children have finished their lunch, they are expected to ask permission to leave the table and then go outside to play until the whistle is blown at 13:15.
In the afternoon we take the register on the carpet and children come in and sit down once they have been collected from the playground by a member of staff.
Children gather on the carpet at 15:00 for a story or a whole class activity before being dismissed by a member of staff to their parents.
The safety of the children is our utmost priority and we will only dismiss children to parents or family members that have been introduced as people who will be collecting children. If you ask someone to collect your child from school, please be advised that we will only release your child to them if we have been notified of the situation by you. This could be done personally with a member of staff in the morning, by letter to the class teacher, or by telephone or email to the office. It is possible to have a standing arrangement with another parent that gives permission for them to collect your child and this can be arranged by notifying the office who will put that person down as an authorised collector of your child.
PE is not statutory until Year 1 so the children will not have regular 'PE lessons' each week. However, they will still have access to a wide range of physical activities as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework both inside and out. Consequently, there is no requirement for reception children to have a PE kit in school until the summer term (after Easter) when we will begin teaching PE as a standalone lesson in preparation for their transition to Year 1.
Our library day is Friday and children will be able to take one book out of the library to share with you at home each week. Please note that only one book is permitted at a time and if children wish to select a new book, the one on loan must be returned before a new one can be taken out. There is no limit on how long a child keeps a library book before it is changed, so if you haven't had a chance to read the book over the week, please hang on to it until you have enjoyed it together.
Family Collective Worship
Every other Friday children will attend Family Collective Worship at 14:45 where one of the classes will present what they have been learning about to the rest of the school. Parents are invited to attend this event which also shares celebrations of children's achievements. A child will be chosen from each year group by their teacher to receive a special Star Award. This certificate can be awarded for many different reasons but it is in recognition of a child's achievements across the curriculum or as a member of our school community. As a Values School, we also award stickers to children who have demonstrated our core value behaviours.
We will notify you when it is Oak Class' turn to present their work in Family Collective Worship.