Information for new Parents and Carers
Welcome to Reception Class at Christ Church School. We are looking forward to welcoming you all in September. Until then, this page is here to help you find the information you need to be ready for the autumn term.
For your information, below is the presentation that we talked through during the New Parents Meetings on Zoom.
Starting in Reception FAQs:
We know you will all have lots of questions about how school will work for your child. Below are some frequently asked questions about starting school. If you have any other questions not answered here, please don't hesitate to get in touch via the school office; firstname.lastname@example.org
When do the children start full days at school and what will the timetable be?
Term starts for the children on Thursday 2nd September. For the first two days, all children will come in to school for the morning only; 8.45-8.55am (we will have a 'soft start' to avoid too many people lining up at once) until 11.45am. The following week, beginning Monday 7th September, the children will attend school for morning only but will also stay for lunch and so the collection time is slightly later; 8.45-8.55 until 12.45pm. Monday 13th September will be the first day the children will be in all day. At that point, the school day will begin at 8.45-8.55am and pick up time at the end of the day will be 3.15pm.
Does my child need to bring a snack or a drink to school?
Yes. Due to current restrictions, the school drinking fountains are not in use so please send your child in to school with a clearly labelled bottle of water. Children are provided with a piece of fruit each day which they have during our mid morning break. If your child would prefer to bring fruit from home then that is fine but please ensure that their snack is a piece of fruit or vegetable and any containers that come in to school are clearly labelled with your child's name.
How can I help my child to feel ready to come in to school?
We are delighted to be able to run short introductory sessions to meet the children in person - you will receive a letter by email stating which time you are invited to attend. We will also be uploading a video onto this page with our virtual tour and staff introductions.
What should my child bring to school?
The children will need a school book bag. Your child should also bring a bottle of water (labelled with their name). Once the children are settled, we will inform you of the week day that they will be doing PE. To begin with, children will come in to school in PE kit on that day.
What uniform should my child wear?
Click here to see the up to date school uniform policy. Summer uniform is still worn until the October half term and so shorts and summer dresses are fine for September.
Will my child be able to take part in after school clubs?
In past years, there have been some clubs open to Reception age children. You will receive notification from the school office at the start of term about any clubs that are available.
We also have our wrap around care provider, Tree Tops. They run a breakfast and after school club in the school hall. Click here for details.
How can I support my child’s learning at home?
Once the children are in school and settled, we will hold a Phonics and Reading meeting where we will speak to you about how we teach phonics and reading in school and what you can do to support this at home. This meeting is usually held after school hours in the first half of the autumn term.
There will also be individual parents meetings within the first term where we will talk to you about how your child is settling in.
Who do I speak to if I have a question or concern?
Please direct any further questions to Mrs Tucker via the school office on 020 8856 4513 / email@example.com. Once the new term has started, if you need to speak to one of us, let us know when you see us at the school gate and we can organise a time or call the office and they will arrange either a phone call or meeting for you.