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New Reception Parent Information 2020

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We are delighted that you and your child are joining St Peter and St Paul C of E Infant School this coming September.  On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community. 


We hope that the information on this page will answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September and assure you that we will write to you in the coming weeks with further details about your child's induction.





The first weeks: 

In September we have planned for a short transition period to allow your child to grow accustomed to the routine of settling into school on arrival. We find that most children are easily settled after a hug at the gate within a few minutes. 

Below is a timetable of the the first few weeks of September: 

Reception Finalised Start Details September 2020

Term dates

These are our current term dates however we cannot confirm these until we have received further guidance from the DfE as to when schools will open fully.


1st September 2020 Inset Day

2nd September 2020 Inset Day

3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th September 2020 Home Visits for new Reception pupils/ Year 1 and 2 return to school

 9th, 10th, 11th September 2020 Reception Pupils will attend school from 9.30am-12.30pm


From 14th September 2020 Reception pupils in for full days (8.45am-3.05pm)


Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020  Half term


2nd November 2020 Inset Day

3rd November 2020 All pupils return


21st December 2020- 1st January 2021  Christmas holidays


4th January 2021  Inset Day

5th January 2021 Spring term starts for all pupils


15th February 2021- 19th February 2021  Half term


22nd February 2021 All pupils return


2nd April 2021- 16th April 2021 Easter holidays


19th April 2021 Summer term starts for all pupils


31st May 2021- 4th June 2021 Half term


7th June 2021 Inset Day

8th June 2021 All pupils return


21st July 2021 Summer term ends











We will be talking to pre-school and nursery settings, as we always do, to find out where your  child is in their learning. We will also be talking to you directly to find out about your child's preferences; things they particularly enjoy, find difficult etc. These conversations usually take place within the context of a stay and play visit to school in July or a home visit in early September, however if this is not possible, due to the current situation, we will think creatively to ensure that we receive all of the information that we need about your child.


The links below have some useful resources to support with transition.




Here are some school readiness activities to explore with your child and comment on how they approach them. This can be useful information for your class teacher if you want to pass it on to us at home visit or on your child's first day.

Breakfast and after school club

Chaldon Champions run our breakfast and after school clubs which operate from Monday-Friday 7.30am-8.45am and 3.05pm-6.15pm throughout term time.


They also offer a 'Wake up & Go' option daily from 8.15am.


To contact Chaldon Champions and/or book wrap around care or 'Wake up & Go' sessions visit the link below:




The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child's interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.


During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children's interests and needs in mind.


There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as we believe this is vital for children's development. Reception children also have the opportunity to attend Forest School sessions.


Click on the link below to view the parent’s guide to the EYFS. This document directly links to the document used at school when observing and planning activities to support your child. The document is based around age bands. We would initially be working with age bands 30-50 months and 40-60 months in Reception.





EYFS goals for parents

Sharing your child's learning with you


At St Peter and St Paul we use an online learning journal called Tapestry to record your children's learning in Reception.

You will be given a username and password to access your child's journal once they start with us. This will allow you to see any photos and videos that have been taken of your child at school and read any observations that the EYFS team have made of them. 

You will also be invited to add to your child's journal as the year progresses.


The video below provides further information about setting up your account.

Tapestry for parents/relatives: Setting up your account