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Welcome to Columba (Reception Class) 2019

Columba Staff:

Miss A Lister: Class Teacher

Mrs Broadley: Learning Support Assisitant

Mrs Garrick: Learning Support Assistant

Mrs K Cartwright: HLTA Tuesday a.m.


Autumn Term 2019


Home books and Reading Records

We will be sending home-books home weekly, with relevant work to share with your child or for them to complete. This will be sent towards the end of the week, to be completed over the weekend. We are eager to know what your child is interested in or what they have done over the weekend, so please feel free to write any comments you would like to share with us in their book. You can also upload observations and photos of your child on Tapestry where we can then share with the class in school.


Reading books will also be sent home shortly. Please share these with your child. Sign, date and write any useful comments in the reading diary, ensuring that they are in your child’s book bag each day.

To avoid damaging our reading books, please do not put water bottles in the book bags.

We love to hear about library visits or good books you have read so please tell us about them.



P.E. will take place on Tuesday morning. For this your child will need a P.E. top, in their planet colour, and navy or black P.E. shorts, both named and in a named P.E. bag. This is brought into school on Mondays and stays in school all week. (We probably won’t get changed for PE for a few weeks). If children are wearing studs please remove them or cover with plasters on PE day.

Your child will also need a named water bottle in school, daily.



Please ensure that all items of uniform are named, including coats, pumps and wellingtons. A permanent marker can be used for this. (Don’t worry about naming socks).

Although we encourage the children not to take coats off outside and to place clothes on a chair during P.E. it is easy for them to mix items up. Naming personal items makes it much easier to return them to the right person.

Spare socks & underwear can be sent in your child’s pump bag in case of an accident or bad weather. Your child will need a black pair of pumps to wear indoors. It would be very useful if your child has school shoes that they can easily fasten themselves. This makes transition times much easier and quicker.

As the weather is worsening  we ask that you put spare clothing into a bag to keep on your child's peg. Please could this include socks/tights, underwear and a pair of trousers. 
Also if you are getting rid of any old underwear or socks, we would appreciate them!



Your child will receive free milk until they reach the age of 5. If you would like to pay for your child to have milk once they turn 5 please get in touch with Cool Milk. For any further information please see Mrs Milner in the office.



Tapestry in an online learning journey where we will be uploading observations of your child and linking them to the EYFS curriculum. As a parent you can access your child’s learning journey online to see what they have been up to during each week. Please see me and I will help you set up your account. I will need your email address for this to be set up for you to access.


Reception Baseline Assessment

This year we are taking part in a new reception baseline assessment pilot. The reception baseline assessment is a new national assessment that will be administered in reception classes in all primary, infant and first schools in England from next year. This will form the baseline for primary progress measures, allowing schools to receive credit for the progress their pupils make throughout their time in primary school.

The reception baseline is made up of a series of short task-based activities which assess early literacy, communication and language and mathematics.

I will be carrying out the assessment myself and I can reassure you that the activities we will be carrying out are similar to the ones we do in class. They will be fun, the children will enjoy using the resources provided and they will be unaware that they are even been assessed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.


Stay and Play

We are offering a stay and play session where Parents/Carers, Grandparents and Siblings can come for half an hour and interact with their child in their school environment. You can use this time to look in your child’s proud folder, books and enjoy the challenges around the classroom together. Our first session will be on Friday 20th September at 9am-9.30am. Once your child is in school we ask that you go and sign in at the main Reception for safety reasons. Stay and play sessions will be every Friday from 9.00am-9.30am. We hope you can make it and we look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that the day may change later in the year.


Health and Safety

We would appreciate if you could line up in the large playground once your child starts full time (Monday 17th September.) This is for your child’s health and safety and to allow us to set up the outdoor classroom.



Our topics this half term are “All About Me” and “Traditional Fairy Tales.”


We are all very much looking forward to working with you and your child.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or questions.

(The best time to talk to us in person is before or after school or you can telephone to make an appointment)


Kind Regards,


A. Lister (on behalf of Reception staff)



Recepton Survey Feedback

Miss Lister - Class Teacher

Miss Lister - Class Teacher 1

Mrs Goddard - EYFS Coordinator

Mrs Goddard - EYFS Coordinator 1

Mrs Cartwright - HLTA (Tuesday Morning)

Mrs Cartwright - HLTA (Tuesday Morning) 1

Mrs Garrick - LSA

Mrs Garrick - LSA 1

Mrs Broadley - LSA

Mrs Broadley - LSA 1

How to pronounce letter sounds.

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Computing in Reception

When the children first start school we introduce them to the ICT suite where there is a computer for each child. During their first term in school they will learn about the different parts of the computer such as the monitor, mouse, keyboard and tower.

Every child in school as their own unique username and password which they use to access our local network (Computers in school). When you are only 4 and may not have experience of computers this can be a little tricky so we spend lots of time helping the children to become confident with this.

We also have a wide range of activities to develop mouse control and navigation.

Parents are welcome to pop in and see what their child is learning and to chat with a member of staff about their progress. We also run several family computing sessions where children can bring members of their family along to share their knowledge and experience.
For any further information about ICT in Reception please contact Mrs K. Cartwright at