HUNTERS BAR INFANT SCHOOL
“Welcome to Reception at Hunter’s Bar Infant School!”
In our Reception classrooms we have a wide range of activities and resources to support our learning; including role play, creative resources, writing activities, sand and water, construction materials, small world play and playdough.
We go outside EVERY day; learning outdoors in all weathers. We have a lovely outdoor classroom with a mud kitchen, a big sandpit, lots of materials for den making, big water containers and pipes and guttering for connecting and moving water, items to create and play games and make obstacle courses.
It’s all lots of fun!
Throughout the year we look forward to many trips into the local community – such as to Endcliffe Park, to Ecclesall Library and to the Citadel.
We also really value the importance of showing children the wider world, and so if you have a particular talent or skill you would like to share with the children then please let us know. In the past we have had parent artists, poets, musicians, police officers, doctors and scientists come and talk to the children. We really appreciate people giving up their valuable time when they can, to help the children with artwork, play games or read with them. If you would like to volunteer to help on these trips, or to volunteer in our class please talk come and talk to one of us.
Reading is very important. We encourage children to read daily. Your child’s class teachers will record their in-school reading, which you can view on your child’s Seesaw learning journal. You should also record any home reading done using the Seesaw Activity – reading can be recorded in a variety of ways, please see the examples given on Seesaw for more information. You can also print our Home Diary records via the Reception shared Google Drive. For every 5 reads done your child will receive a stamp on their Reading Challenge chart on Seesaw. These change weekly – look out for the new topic inspired stamp shared with you at the start of each week. When your child has completed their Reading Challenge chart (8 stamps or 40 reads) they will receive a certificate in our weekly Celebration Assembly.
A bookbag is really useful to have. We use these to send letters home in, and as the year progresses we also be send books home in them.
These can be purchased from the school office.
Please send your child to school with a water bottle with fresh water in each day. They can access these at all times during the school day.
SNACK AND MILK
Your child will be provided with a free piece of fruit each day (banana, tomatoes, sugarsnap peas, apple are some examples) and a free carton of milk up until your child’s fifth birthday. Once they turn five you have the option of paying for your child to have milk each day.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES
We advise that all children have a spare change of socks and underwear in a bag on their coat peg in case of accidents or water spills. Thank you for putting your child’s name on each item of clothing– it’s a great help!
What are we learning about in reception today?
KEEP IN TOUCH
We really value strong links between school and home and over the year offer workshops for parents to discuss how children learn. Look out for information on curriculum, reading and maths workshops in the coming months. Please know we are always available for a chat or update on how your child is getting on at home or at school. Just find one of us at the beginning or end of the day to arrange a time to talk.
You can also keep in touch with us online, through social media, our class blogs and your child’s Seesaw Journals. Parents/carers can also message teaching staff by email and via the Seesaw messaging service on Seesaw Family.