Welcome to Reception!

Starting School

Opening Times

The gates open at 8:45am and learning begins at 9am.

Lunchtime is at 12-1pm.

School finishes at 3.30pm.



  • Green school jumper/cardigan with logo
  • Yellow polo short – with or without school logo
  • Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore
  • White or black socks
  • Grey/Green tights
  • Black shoes
  • House colour PE top
  • Black shorts
  • Plain tracksuit for colder weather
  • Plimsoles/trainers
  • Book bag

What will children do during their school day?

Your child will take part in a wide range of activities, both indoors and outdoors.  Your child will learn through activities he or she has chosen, or from those that are led by an adult. They will develop their ability to concentrate in small guided group activities, in which they will learn and practice their phonics, reading, writing and maths skills.

Children in the Foundation Stage learn through play based activities that are fun and enjoyable.  These activities are supported by caring adults who will work closely with you to ensure your child makes progress.  We monitor their progress and celebrate their achievements through our online learning journal Seesaw.   Parents are actively encouraged to contribute to their child’s Learning Journey through the sharing of their child’s learning steps and achievements at home.


What will your child need for school each day?

Your child will need the following things in school every day. Please support them in organising their belongings by ensuring everything is clearly named, and checking periodically in case names have worn off!

  • A water bottle
  • A coat
  • A book bag with their reading book and reading record book
  • A PE bag with their coloured house t shirt, shorts / joggers and trainers

How you can help your child:

  • Encourage and praise them for both their efforts and their achievements so that they feel successful and proud of themselves
  • Support them in practising their sounds and reading at home, and in their wider home learning as they move up through school
  • Write in the reading contact book; this shows your child that reading is valued by you and is an invaluable way of sharing learning experiences between home and school.
  • Take time to share a book with them – the children will bring a school library book home each week.  Talk about what they are reading at school.
  • Encourage good manners and respect at all times to everyone in and out of school
  • Encourage them to take care of their belongings and respect things that belong to others
  • Support your child in developing a ‘have a go attitude’, and to develop the skill of perseverance so that they can become resilient learners

How you can help your school:

  • Ensure that all contact information is up to date
  • Make sure that we are aware of any medical problems
  • Let us know immediately if you child is absent
  • Make sure your child is in school on time every day
  • Send your child into school in the correct school uniform
  • Send your child in with their PE and outdoor learning kits
  • Ensure that book bags and library/reading books are in school daily
  • Make sure that everything is named clearly
  • If there is a change in the person collecting your child, please let us know!

EYFS General Information booklet 2022

Family Support

We strive to work closely with each child’s family to ensure that we are working together to support every child’s learning journey. We appreciate that school is a long- unfamiliar place for many parents, and are keen to help you feel comfortable joining our school family, and to feel supported as parents.  The staff will always do their best to make time to speak with you at the start or end of the school day regarding any concerns or worries you may have; please do come and talk to us. If we cannot address an issue straight away we will arrange a time when we can discuss things in greater depth with you. If your home or family are going through a difficult time, or change in circumstances, please do let us know. It will remain confidential  and enables us to be aware of any additional emotional support your child may need, and to be more sensitive and understanding of any behavioral changes.

The following links may provide you with some useful information prior to your child joining us at Kenton Primary School.   If you don’t find the support you need, please do come and speak with us and we will endeavour to help.

Toilet Training

Facts About Dummies

A guide on how to help your child with scissors

A guide on how to help your child with shoe laces

A guide on how to help your child with using cutlery