Frequently Asked Questions
How can I prepare my child for starting Reception?
- Practise dressing and undressing, this will help them manage toileting and changing for PE with more confidence.
- Practise using the toilet independently.
- Recognise their own name.
- Talk to your child about school between now and September.
- Encourage your child to try different foods and to use a knife and fork independently.
- Read stories and encourage enjoyment in books.
- Talk about the books that you have read.
- Make up your own stories.
- Do lots of counting.
- Talk and sing with your children.
How can I support my child’s learning once they have started school?
- Read books at home.
- Practise phonics that is being taught in school.
- Play games to encourage turn taking and sharing - board games are great!
- Practise name writing.
- Count every day items at home like socks, clothes pegs, pieces of fruit.
- Encourage lots of talking and communication.
- Log in to your Tapestry account to see what your child has done and school and post examples of things your child has been doing at home
Where do I drop my child off each day?
- Fawcett - Walk towards the main entrance and wait at the black gates that lead into the Reception garden.
- Trumpington Meadows - go through the main playground and round to the EYFS garden.
- Your child’s class teacher will pick them up from their gate at 8.45 a.m.
How will the school communicate information with parents?
- The school website and particularly the Reception class page
- Parent emails
- Individual parent/ carer meetings - a chance to find out how your child is doing. These take place twice a year.
- Parent Cafes
- A yearly written report
Will my child get any homework?
- Your child will be given a phonics reading book every week, we would encourage you to read every day with your child. This could be reading to your child or listening to them read.
- They will also have a phonics folder containing the new sounds we are learning. We would like you to revise these phonics sounds regularly.
- Suggested home learning activities will be posted to Tapestry.
What time does school start and finish
- School starts at 8.45 am and finishes at 3.15 pm.
What does my child need to bring to school with them every day?
- Appropriate clothing for the weather. All must be named.
- A named school book bag (school will supply). Rucksacks and backpacks are too bulky.
- A named water bottle to be left in school for a week and then returned home at the weekend for washing. We provide a water bottle at the start of your child's journey with us but you are welcome to bring in a bottle from home if you would prefer. Washable name stickers are the best way to label the bottles.
- Tissues, if needed.
What else do I need to provide for my child at school?
- Named wellington boots - to stay in school.
- A named sunhat / winter hats and gloves.
- A bag with named spare clothes- pants, socks, tights, trousers, jumper/top
- What PE kit will my child need?
- White T-shirt
- Shorts or leggings
- Plimsoles or trainers
These items should all be named and kept in a separate bag.
What if my child has a medical condition/food allergy?
- Provide an inhaler or epipen for those who need one. Must be in original packaging with the child's name clearly marked and a school medication form needs to be completed at the office. The medication needs to be sent into school in a clearly labelled, tupperware box. The parent is responsible for ensuring that this medication remains within date.
- Ensure full details of any medical needs and/or allergies are detailed on the school admission form.
What happens at lunchtime?
- Every morning the lunch register will be taken and so it is important that your child knows whether they are having a hot meal or packed lunch from home.
- Hot lunches are free for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as part of the national Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme.
- Please make sure there is no food containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch.
- We suggest fruit, yoghurt and a sandwich/wrap. Please limit sugary snacks and drinks as we try to encourage healthy eating.
- Feel free to look at the school menu and select days that your child would feel comfortable with. It is up to you to decide how many hot lunches your child will have.
- What if my child is fussy? We will ask them to have a go at trying the food on their plate but we will not make them eat it. We will celebrate the fact they have tried something new, even if it is just a mouthful! If they regularly refuse to eat what is available we will talk to you because we do not want them to be hungry in the afternoon.
Do I need to provide a snack?
- School will provide a piece of fruit every morning. Children are not allowed to bring in any other snacks.