Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

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 WELCOME TO RECEPTION AT FAIRLIGHT

NEW RECEPTION PARENTS MEETING

This has been booked for Friday 1st July 2022.

We would ask parents and children to arrive at the front entrance of the school at 1.15.

Children and parents will then be taken down the Turtles Classroom to spend some time in the learning environment.

At around 1.40 we will be asking parents to join us in the Lower Hall for a 30 minute update on various things that you may want to and need to know for September.

This will also be a chance to put some names to faces and speak to the range of adults and organisations associated with the school- for example the School Nurse, Catering Team, After School Club, Breakfast Club and many more.

You will at this meeting be given your induction pack which includes all of the information about your start dates.

The meeting will end at 2.30 and parents will then be able to go back to the Turtles Classroom to collect the children. 

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 CLASSES- TURTLES R / TURTLES T

This will be your child's first class at Fairlight.

Your will either be in Turtles T or Turtles R.

This information will be given to you at our New Reception Parents Meeting.

This year we will have 2 new teachers in Early Years.

Miss Maria Rodrigues and Miss Jamie-Rose Tucker join us as ECT's (Early Career Teachers). 

They will work alongside Miss Juliette Cornwell who will teach both Turtles T and Turtles R also.

Miss Juliette Cornwell has now worked in Reception and Nursery at Fairlight for a number of years and has already taught a large number of the children in the Fairlight Nursery.

Miss Michelle May (Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning EYFS/ Key Stage 1) will lead Early Years and Key Stage One and is part of the Senior Leadership Team of the school. 

 

NEXT YEAR- MOVING IN TO YEAR ONE

As a school we continually monitor and use research to make decisions about what is best for the education of the children at Fairlight. With this in mind we will be reassessing the classes at the end of their Reception school year and creating two new classes for Year 1 and Year 2.

We believe that this gives us the chance to see your child throughout Reception. To get to know the children and how they interact and learn with their peers as well as to understand the dynamics of the cohort.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STARTING SCHOOL? 

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.

  • Personal, 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.

LUNCH 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://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/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:-  https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/milk

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

UNIFORM

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.

https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/medicine-administration/uniform

ATTENDANCE

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?

Your child can be part of our Breakfast Club!

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 Pioneer Childcare who operate on our premises until 6pm.

Please find their information below.