We’re delighted to welcome you and your child to Wellesley Park Primary School, as part of our new Reception year!
On this page you will find all of the information that we are sending out to parents of children who will start Wellesley Park in September 2020. We will continue to update this page with information, helpful support, resources and some activities that you might like to try with your child.
It’s definitely an unusual and challenging time at the moment and we appreciate that you and your child, might be feeling anxious about the transition into reception this September. However, we really want to reassure you that we are here for you, every step of the way. Additionally, we are aware that your child will have missed out time in their early year’s settings, where they would have continued to develop their social and emotional skills through play – but rest assured that we will work hard to support this, once your child starts in school full time.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s transition, please let us know by contacting Mr. Carter (Assistant Headteacher and Early Years Lead) using the school email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you can find a copy of the Welcome Letter that we sent to all families in early May 2020.
Please find below a copy of the letter sent to all families in July 2020. This letter contains the details about starting school in September, including additional transition opportunities.
Below you can find an 'All About Me' sheet! This is a great way for us to get to know your child, including their likes and dislikes! We can use the information you give us to prepare activities that will engage your child in September and also to give us topics of conversation!
You can complete the sheet on a computer and email it back to us or complete a paper version and bring it with you when you see us next!
A big part of Reception is learning about yourself as an individual and how you fit in with the world around you, including how you are the same and how you are different to other people. So we would like to as your child to draw themselves - after all, they do say "A picture is worth a thousand words"!
Your child can draw themselves with pencils or crayons, with felt tips or with paint! We would like to see the whole of them, not just their head and they can include a background if they like. We would love them to do this as independently as possible, so if your child chooses to add stickers, draw additonal people or go completely abstract with colours, please don't worry!
You can bring the pictures with your child in September or send them to school with an older sibling if they are attending before then. We will add these pictures to your child's Learning Wall in September, which is their own display square on the wall in the classroom. Each Learning Wall space will become a reflection of the child as an individual and celebrate their interests and achievements! We can't wait to see what the pictures look like!
We wanted to reassure all parents that starting school at Wellesley Park is not about being academically ready. Instead, for us at Wellesley Park, 'school readiness' is more about showing a level of independence in different areas and a willingness to have a go at things.
We've outlined some very simple every day activities that you can try in order to support your child as they transition into Wellesley Park. These aren't activities to complete and send back but instead little things you can do at home!
The area of Communication and Language covers listening and attention, understanding and speaking. This area is all about how we can communicate with others so that we are understood and so that we understand what others are saying. This covers lots of situations from listening to a friend to listening to an assembly. This area also includes following instructions and speaking clearly.
Physical Development is the area that covers how children move and how they take care of themselves. This is about developing more control over their big movements, for example running, jumping and climbing. It's about developing a greater level of control with their smaller movements, such as using pencils and paint brushes and doing up buttons! This area is also about learning to take care of personal needs and how to keep ourselves healthy and safe.
Personal, Social and Emotional development is all about making relationships with adults and other children, developing confidence, becoming aware of how to behave with other people, managing feelings and changing behaviour to fit different environments. This is a very important part of learning in Reception and helps children to begin to work out 'who they are' and 'how they fit into the world'.
Literacy covers both reading and writing. We teach reading and writing using a phonics scheme called Letters and Sounds and a writing scheme called Talk for Writing. This area is all about developing your child's knowledge of how to make sounds and to link these to letters through fun games and activities. It's about developing a love of books and reading. We will teach your child how to recite lots of stories so that they understand how they are structured and also how they can begin to change parts to create their own stories. We will use music and movement to develop mark making into writing letters and then how to use their letters to represent whatever they want to communicate! At Wellesley Park, learning to read and write is an engaging process for all children that is low on pressure and high on fun!
The area of maths covers numbers and counting, adding and subtracting and also shapes, weighing and measuring. We will build on your child's existing knowledge of counting rhymes by slowly introducing core concepts into their play. Lots of games and engaging activities will develop your child's knowledge of numbers, how they represent groups of things and how to combine or split these groups. Your child will learn to enjoy playing with maths so that they explore concepts without realising they're learning. This area will also develop understanding of shapes, measuring length, height, weight and capacity and learn about time and money!
This area is split into People and Communities, The World and Technology. This area is all about making sense of the world around them and having fun learning and exploring new things. Children will share about their family routines and customs and they will learn about different celebrations and cultures. They will learn about the natural and man-made world around them, how it changes, how places can be the same and different to where we live and also about how to use different technology (to take selfies of our foreheads according to the class iPad - see the photo above!).
Expressive Arts and Design is exactly that - it's all about learning different ways to express yourself and then doing just that! Children will develop different artistic skills, learn songs and play instruments and also learn some dancing! They will develop their imagination by using these new skills to express themselves, individually and with their friends. This area is where your child will be able show themselves as an individual and be celebrated for doing so.