Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

Every individual child achieves

If your child is in Turtles September 2020

then please use the following link to access class information.


(or click in the classroom/Reception)

Welcome to Reception

The Early Years Team are really looking forward to welcoming you to Fairlight!


                               Bronwen Ferber                   Katharine Palmer                   Tracy Miles                        Juliette Cornwell                                     

                     Reception Teacher                Reception Teacher             Teaching Assistant       Nursery and Reception Teacher               

We are really sad that you couldn't come in to school to meet us so we have made some videos for you to see us and the classroom.

Starting School

Before starting school it is a good idea to chat to your child about what it will be like. We have put together the letter below to introduce children to starting school. Please take some time to share this with your child.

Turtles Class

For the second year running we are operating as one class with two teachers. We believe that it is best to get to know the children and how they interact and learn with their peers before creating two classes. By beginning the year as one class it gives us the opportunity to interact with the children and understand the dynamics of the cohort before creating our Reception classes.

What do I need to know?

We are sure you have lots of questions about starting school. We have put together the booklet below to try to answer some of the questions you may have.

How can I prepare my child for starting school?

If you have had children start school before then perhaps you remember the tricks that help support your child (and their new teacher!) as they prepare to start school for the first time. If however, this is your first child to start school you may be wondering how you can prepare them for this big adventure......here are some tips.


Encourage them to be independent

Can they do their coats up?

Can they put their shoes on? (no laces please!)

Can they use a knife and fork?

Can they use the toilet independently? 


Encourage them to talk

  Can they use lots of vocabulary?

Do they ask questions?

Can they retell stories?

Do they enjoy imaginative role play?


It is also useful if children can write their name when they start school and begin to count and recognise numbers to 10.

Please remember, all children are unique and learn in their own ways but this is a useful start!

EYFS Curriculum

We follow 'Development Matters' which is a curriculum for children from Birth to Five +

It is split into 7 areas of learning and these are all covered throughout the week through focused adult lead learning and child initiated play.

Peronal, social and emotional development

Physical development

Communication and language development

Literacy development

Mathematical development

Understanding of the world

Expressive arts and design


What does a typical day look like?


Whether you’re excited or nervous about your child starting school,

it’s nice to have an overview of what they will be doing when they’re with us at school!

 Look out for half termly curriculum letters and the website for daily information and current learning topics.



Children come into the classroom and play


Register and carpet session


Child initiated play inside or outside

Adult led small group activities


Carpet Session


Snack Time


Child initiated play inside

Adult led small group activities


Carpet Session


Lunch Time


Carpet Session


Child initiated play inside

Adult led small group activities


Child initiated play inside or outside

Adult led small group activities


Carpet Session


Getting ready for home time

Lunchtimes and Snack

The Government provides a piece of fruit for every child once a day. If you would like your child to have a snack in the afternoon you are welcome to provide your child with a piece of fruit which is clearly labelled with their name or in a sealed pot.

For information on the milk scheme please follow this link https://fairlight.sites.schooljotter2.com/school-office/milk/cool-milk

Children in Reception are entitled to a free school meal.

Please follow the link for additional information and a school dinner menu.

Children may bring a packed lunch and can change between school dinners and packed lunches whenever they choose.


We have a school uniform that all children are expected to wear.

We believe it gives children a sense of belonging and most Reception children are very excited to have 'special clothes' for school.

Please don't feel that you need to purchase uniform with the school logo on. A plain polo shirt or jumper is perfectly acceptable and can be purchased from most supermarkets or high street shops.

For more information, please click on the link below.



It is really important that children attend school every day to ensure that they have access to all of the learning opportunities available to them. Getting into a good routine of attending school is important from the start of term.

Please see the important information below regarding attendance both in normal circumstances and that of the pandemic.




Do you need before and after school provision?

From September we will have a new Breakfast Club! We will be offering a childcare only session as well as a breakfast option.For details, please follow the link https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/beyond-the-classroom/clubs-1

If you need after school club provision then we have 'Class of Their Own' who operate on our premises until 6pm.

Please find their information below.

Play is really important to our children's learning, this is what we get up to in Reception