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School Times

Reception: 8:45am - 3.15pm

Nursery AM: 8:45am – 12:00pm and Nursery PM: 12:15pm – 3:15pm


Coming into School

When starting school in September please line up down the side of the building adjacent to the railings. At 8:45am the class teacher will open the door and will stand to greet parents and children. This is also a good opportunity to speak to her about any issues at home, any changes to picking up and dropping off arrangements etc. Initially we welcome you into the classroom with your child to support them. The first few days can be upsetting and there are always a minimum of three adults in the classroom to offer comfort. After you have said goodbye we offer the children the chance to wave at the ‘Wave Off Window’. Please be reassured that the large majority of children, if initially upset, do calm down once you are out of sight. However, if a child remains distressed for a longer period of time and seems unable to receive reassurance, we will always contact you. Alternatively if you would like to contact us on 01782 720406 Mrs Bagnall will always ring over to the nursery to check on your child.

When entering the classroom please help your child to locate their peg with a number on. They will put their coats and PE kits on there. Then they will need to find their drawer with their name on to put their red bags inside. Any lunchboxes will go on the lunch trolley.

At the end of the session/ day the Reception children will be released one at a time through the ‘Wave Off Window’ door and nursery from the cloakroom door. This reduces congestion down the side of the building.

Please note. We will not let your child go with anyone else but you. We do not let friends and neighbours take children unless we are told beforehand by you, or by telephone/letter.


The School Uniform

Your child must wear uniform every day apart from the day of their birthday. On this day they can wear their own clothes.

Our uniform consists of:

  • red polo shirt
  • black/ grey trousers or skirt
  • blue school jumper or cardigan (can be purchased from our school office.)

All reception children will also need a PE kit. This consists of:

  • white t shirt
  • black shorts
  • black pumps

We ask parents to ensure that all items of clothing and property are clearly marked with the child’s name.

The Curriculum

At The Richard Heathcote CP School in Early Years we continue to work towards the Early Learning Foundation Stage Goals outlined in the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ which all nurseries, playgroups and school reception classes have to follow. Our part in this task is to prepare the children for the start of the National Curriculum work in Year One. We provide learning opportunities in the following areas:


Prime; are fundamental, work together, and are move through to support development in all other areas.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development


Specific areas include essential skills and knowledge

for children to participate successfully in society.

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We approach all aspects of the work we have to cover through both play and adult led activities, and try to involve the children when we are planning topics, following their ideas and answering questions they have. Play is the main way that children learn in early childhood. Play is what the children know well. It is natural to them. Through play they rehearse and explore new and unknown situations. Through play children learn to deal with friendships and how to maintain them, as well as avoiding those they would rather not be friends with. They learn, often the hard way, that some children play in a way that they find difficult to cope with – and how to avoid the situation. They can learn how to deal with failure; failure in play is not a disaster.

As well as all this fun the teachers and teaching assistants will work with the children in small groups to develop their early Literacy and Numeracy skills. We also deliver whole class sessions of Phonics, Literacy and Numeracy every day, to practise, refine and explore new concepts.


The Red Bag

Each child will need a red bag. These can be purchased from the school office at £4 each. A reception child will bring work home within the first few days inside these bags whereas the nursery will gain more and more as the year progresses. All newsletters will also be stored in these bags with any need to know information on.

Inside the red bag you will find:

  • A reading book (changed every Monday

as a minimum with the class teacher but

can be changed more often if the

children are confident with it.

Simply hand to a member of staff in the


  • A reading diary. Both you and staff

members will use this to record when

the children have read.

  • A number keyring. These will start small and gradually grow as your child begins to recognise larger numbers. These are checked each week and more numbers are added.
  • A letter sound keyring. This is checked each week also and more letters are added as your child gets more secure.
  • A word keyring. Again, checked weekly and more words are added. These words are taken from the forty five high frequency words a reception child is expected to read at the end of the school year.
  • A proud cloud. These are for you to write down anything that your child has done that they (and you) are really proud of. This information helps to give us additional information of their progress outside of school as well as what we see inside school. The information on the clouds will be celebrated in the classroom and displayed for children to see.
  • A Home School Link Book - to be updated each Monday with information on what your child will be learning that week.


Since September 2014 all reception and Key Stage 1 children have been funded by the government to have a free school meal. This can be a hot dinner or sandwiches. You are no longer required to provide your child’s dinner. However it is of benefit to the school and your children that you check to see if your child is entitled to free school meals throughout school. Please look at the link below and complete with your details if applicable. Doing this means that the government support our school with additional money that can be used to purchase resources and enhance your children’s education.


To find if you are eligible for free school meals please speak to Mrs Bagnall in the office or go to:


Menus from the kitchen work on a six weekly rotation

and operate a Summer and Winter selection. These are

sent home so that you can see what foods are available.

At the beginning of each day we read the menu to the

children and give them the opportunity to select what

they would like to eat that day. The order is then sent

down to the kitchen.



If your child is poorly and unable to attend school please

call our school office on 01782 720406 before 10am

so that we have been notified. If your child has a sickness or diarrhoea bug they must be absent from school for 48 hours.


Accident Forms

IN SCHOOL – if your child has an accident in school an accident form will be completed. This will be discussed with you when you come to collect your child and we will ask you to sign the form to say that we have explained what has happened.

OUT OF SCHOOL – if your child has an accident at home we will ask you to sign an accident form so that we know it has happened at home and not in school.



At Richard Heathcote we hold communication between parents and children in high regard. We pride ourselves on being approachable so that parents feel they can talk to us concerning any issue, big or small. Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff before/ after school or alternatively to arrange a meeting with them at a different, more convenient time.

We will send letters home regularly with the children, informing you of key dates, events, need to know information etc. Additionally, we have home/school link books that go back and forth from school to home with key information about your child’s learning inside. We also gain your permission to send regular emails containing photos and details about what your children have experience during their days with us. Finally, we also have a text messaging service that allows staff to send information via text message to your mobile phones. For this purpose, and also in the instance where we need to contact you, please make sure you keep your mobile phone number up to date with us.

We look forward to working closely with you from September as we begin your child’s journey into education.

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