Starting School at Whinfield Primary
September 2020

We know that starting school is an exciting time for all pupils and we will ensure that September 2020 is a happy and positive experience for all our families.

We would usually have welcomed you to visit school during the summer term, to meet the reception team and we. would have provided you with lots of reassuring information ready for your child's first days at school, we are sorry that has not been possible this year.

September 2020 will be different to other years but we will ensure starting school is just as exciting for your child by changing the way we introduce ourselves.

This page is specifically for parents or carers of children starting with us for the first time in September 2020 to answer the many questions we know you will have around those first few days, such as:

What time will my child start school?

Which gate will I use?

What uniform will my child need?

What lunch will be provided?


​We have three reception classes so lets meet the team of staff 


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Miss Lindsey

Teacher

Miss  Nixon 

Teacher

Mrs Rowney

Teacher

Mrs Rissetto

Teaching Assistant

 
 

Mrs Murphy

Mrs Murphy is one of our Assistant Headteachers. She is the team leader for  Reception and Year 1 classes. 

Your class teacher should be able to answer your questions although Mrs Murphy is also available to help you.

Getting Ready for Starting School

The reception teachers have created this reading book for you to share with your child showing areas of Whinfield so they are ready to start their adventure on Thursday 3rd September

Pacey is a website specifically for early years staff and parents and offers a huge amount of information  and free resources to prepare you and your child for school. We attach their guide for parents below

Child Reading in the Grass
Image by Element5 Digital

Parent & Carer Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which day will my child start school in September

School reopens to all. pupils on Thursday 3rd September 2020.

You will receive an individual letter with the times for your reception child as we will be meeting you in small groups for the first few days to get to know every child individually

All reception pupils will start full days on Monday 14th September.

What uniform does my child need?

Uniform is:

Grey trousers. skirt or pinafore

White polo shirt

Red sweatshirt or cardigan

sensible black shoes

Uniform with our logo on can purchased but this is not necessary.

Reception pupils also need wellies to be left in school for outdoor adventures every day.


School provides waterproofs for outdoor play.

What does my child need to bring with them?

On the first day:

Water Bottle

Book bag

Spare change of clothes

From 14th September

Water Bottle

Book Bag

Spare change of clothes

Packed Lunch (if bringing own)

Wellies - to be left in school

PE Kit -  to be worn each Wednesday for PE

What can I do to help prepare my child for school?

The best thing you can do is to teach your child to be independent.
How to put their coat on and off by themselves, including the zip or buttons.
How to dress and undress themselves so they can get ready for PE
How to to sit at the table for meals and eat with a knife and fork.

How much does school lunch cost?

School Lunch is provided free of charge to all reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils under the governments Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme. 

School assumes all pupils will take their free school meal unless you notify us they will be bringing a packed lunch. Changes from school meal / packed lunch can only be half termly

However if you are entitled to a free school meal through the means tested scheme please notify the school office as school receives pupil premium funding to help your child achieve more whilst in school.

Can my child bring a packed lunch?

Yes if you prefer not to receive a free school meal your child can bring their own cold packed lunch. Please see our guidelines here

Does my child need their PE kit on day one?

No your child will not need to wear their PE kit until Wednesday 16th September.

PE kit is

Red TShirt

Black Shorts

Black Jogging Bottoms (for outdoors in the winter)

Trainers (velcro fasten if possible)

When will child need to bring a swimming costume?

No Pupils do not go swimming until they are in year 4 so no need to buy swimming kit just yet.

Which entrance will we use

Reception pupils  all enter and exit their classroom through the doors in the Key Stage 1 playground.


This playground can be accessed through the gates at the front of the school.

Toilets

Toilets are located in easy reach of all three classroom as part fo our Reception unit. The children are able to take themselves to the toilet as they need. Please make sure your child wears clothes they can dress themselves in.

Spare Clothes

Please send a spare set of underwear, tights, socks, skirt or trousers in your child's bag incase you child has an accident to enable staff to change them.

My child has additional needs what support and guidance will they receive?

All children are individual and progress at different rates. The reception team are highly skilled and work closely with Mrs Murray is our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator where a child has a specific need.

 

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