Nursery & Reception, Shooting Stars




Starting school is a daunting time for both children and parents. Here at St. Leonard’s there are many opportunities, both before your child starts school and during their school life to get to know the school routines as well as the staff and other children. This information should provide you with all of the information that you need to know about our school and particularly our Reception class, Shooting Stars.

Shooting Stars Topic Letter


Routine of the school day

8.55am – Registration

Children can arrive at school between 8.45am and 8.55am. The children will be greeted at the classroom door by their class teacher. The children are expected to come into the classroom by themselves

9.10 – 10.30am

During this time the children will have a whole school or class worship time, a 20 minute phonics session, an adult focused literacy or maths activity and child choice activities

10.30 – 10.40am

Children can participate in free school milk up to the age of 5 and fruit provided by a national scheme

10.40 – 10.55am

Whole school playtime

10.55 – 12.00pm

Children will take part in an adult focused literacy or maths activity and further child choice activities

12.00 – 1pm


1.00 – 3.00pm

Children will take part in an adult focused activity and further child choice activities as part of our creative curriculum


Children leave from the classroom when an adult who is collecting them from school arrives



The Early Years Foundation Stage is the curriculum that applies to children from birth to the end of their Reception year. In Reception the class teacher continues each child’s learning journey from where they have got to at the end of their time at their pre-school setting. As part of the transition process where possible the class teacher visits each child’s pre-school setting to see them in their own familiar environment. This way the teacher can get to know the children and their achievements so far.

Children are assessed through a range of play based activities (child initiated activities) that are set out for them each day. They are taught through adult-led activities, which are topic based. Children are often taught in small groups. It is the class teacher’s role to observe the children and make accurate assessments of their achievements. We use a program called ‘2Simple’ to take photographs and record our observations. These are printed and added to each child’s ‘Learning Journey’. Many of these are

also e-mailed out to parents so they can see what their child has been doing in school recently, new achievements they have made and can also be used as a ‘talking point’ at home.

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are Personal, Social and Emotional development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These are known as the prime areas. Children are then supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. These four specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts and Design.



In Early Years parents’ contributions are extremely important in assessing pupil progress.

At the beginning of each new topic an information letter will also be sent home detailing the main areas to be covered. We also send home a cut out of an item related to the topic i.e. an outline of a person will be sent home at the beginning of our topic on “Marvellous Me”. These are for parents to write on achievements the children make at home in any areas during that half term. These can then be sent into school at any time and will be celebrated in class before being added to the child’s learning journey.

It is important that the class teacher knows a range of information about each child, preferably before they start in September. To aid this we would be grateful if parents could arrange a short meeting with the teacher to discuss their child’s interests, strengths, areas to develop etc and also to ask any questions that they may have.



The children will be given the opportunity to take home a “free choice” book that they will have chosen out of our book box. These are for parents/grandparents etc., to read to the children, discussing the story and pictures.

From the second week of term the children will also bring home a phonics book. In this the new ‘sound’ of the day will be written for children to draw/cut out and stick in pictures of items with that initial sound and/or practise formation of the letter. As the children become more confident with their phonics, reading books will start to be sent home. These will initially be picture books for practising telling and discussing a story using the pictures. We ask parents to encourage children to read these at home, discussing the stories and make a comment in their child’s reading diary. We also have learning logs that are sent home on a Friday and have a broad topic heading at the top of the page. We ask parents to support their child when working on a topic in any form they wish. This may be a drawing, photograph/s, looking for information on the internet etc. We encourage children to be as creative as they can be.



You will have received an “all about me” sheet asking for information about the children’s interests. These can be drawn on, collaged or written on. It would be greatly appreciated if this could be completed and returned to school before the end of term. These will be used to aid planning in the first few weeks and will also be displayed for when the children start in September.



Over the summer holidays we would be grateful if parents could work with their child to fill a shoe box with a range of items that the child is interested in and can talk about. This could include items such as their favourite toy, book, photographs and anything else your child wants to include. The purpose of this is to provide the children with something that they can share with their peers and is a talking point in the classroom.



The outdoor environment is an important part of the Early Years Curriculum. We therefore ask children to bring into school a pair of wellies, as we go out in all weathers. If these could be named and left in school we would appreciate this.



We liaise closely with our school nurse who is available to advise and make regular checks on health and hygiene matters. While it is not our policy to care for sick children, who should be at home until they are well enough to return to school, we will agree to admininster medication as part of maintaining their health and well being if it is necessary for it to be taken during the school day. Should your child require medicine to be administered in school there is a form that you need to fill in and sign at the school office.

Children who suffer from asthma have an inhaler kept in school. This must be in date and handed into school.



If your child is unwell and will not be attending school please telephone our school office between 8.45 am and 9am. For safeguarding purposes, in the absence of such a call the school will contact you to verify the circumstances of your child’s absence.