WELCOME TO RECEPTION AT FAIRLIGHT
Welcome to Fairlight Primary and Nursery School
You will have received notification from the local authority that you have been allocated Fairlight Primary and Nursery School for your child for September 2023.
We are extremely pleased that you will be joining the Fairlight community and can’t wait to meet you.
We have had almost all of the forms back now.
We know that we are going to have a large number of children joining us for September 2023 and that more have been added already to the original allocation.
Between now and when we meet up in July we will be aiming to visit all of the new children in their current Nursery placements to find out more about them and get to know them as well as looking at the application forms in more detail to see if there are any additional needs. These will start in the next week or so.
We have arranged several opportunities (see information below) for you and your child to come to Fairlight to become familiar with the setting and staff and hope that you can make them all as it is a great opportunity to meet other families and get to know the Fairlight community. All family members are more than welcome to attend these- including Grandparents.
It essential that you attend this meeting even if you are already part of the school community as we will be handing out important information about Parents Interview Meetings and start dates at this session. If you cannot make these meetings for any reason, please make sure you let our school office know.
I would ask that you keep checking back on the Weekly Update for other dates such as the Summer Fair when you will get a chance to see the whole school together.
NEW RECEPTION PARENTS MEETING
This has been booked for Friday 7th July 2023.
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 1.30-1.40 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.
THE TEDDY BEARS PICNIC IS BACK!!!!
This is a get together for our current Reception children and parents, and our new (future) Reception children and parents.
This is to give parents the chance to meet others who were like them the year before and reassure them that it is going to be okay!
It is also a chance for children to get to see other children they may know from other nurseries.
This year the Teddy Bears Picnic will take place at Fairlight in the school garden and playground on Tuesday 18th July 2023 between 2.00pm-3.00pm.
Please come to the front entrance for 1.50pm with your teddy bear and a few (nut free) snacks.
If your child is already in the Fairlight Nursery you will be able to collect them and then make your way to the garden/ playground.
There will be some drinks and snacks that the school will provide.
Maybe even some ice lollies if the weather is good.
TURTLES CLASSES- TURTLES R / TURTLES T
This will be your child's first class at Fairlight Primary and Nursery School.
Your child will either be in Turtles T or Turtles R.
We choose to name them the same to make everyone feel welcome and understand that they are part of one big group.
This information will be given to you at our New Reception Parents Meeting.
For September 2023 Miss Maria Rodrigues and Miss Jamie-Rose Tucker will be ECT2's (Early Career Teachers in their second year).
They are amazing teachers and can't wait to meet all of the new faces.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Below is information from Sussex Uniforms, our official uniform supplier. Information on our uniform can be found here
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.
NEXT YEAR- MOVING IN TO YEAR ONE
I know this is a long way away (September 2024 in fact) but it is good to know this now.
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 that your child will remain in until the end of Year 2.
We believe that this gives us the chance to get to know the children and see how they interact and learn with their peers, as well as to understand the dynamics of the cohort.