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Starting in Reception

Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together this list of frequently asked questions and presentation to help parents know a little bit more about our school. This is not an exhaustive list and we are sure that there will be further questions which may need answering. If so, please email the school office at admin.fairlop@redbridge.gov.uk and we will respond to your questions or queries as soon as possible.

You might also find this simple guide useful Getting Ready for Reception

  • What are the drop off and collection arrangements for Reception?

    What time does school start?
    Gates open at 8.55am and children can enter the school building from between 9.05am and 9.15am.

    What time does school finish?
    School finishes at 3.30pm

    Where do I drop off my reception child?
    Reception children are dropped off outside the pencil fence at the bottom of the playground. At 9.05am the children are collected by their class teacher and walk into their classroom. A member of staff will remain at the pencil fence until 9.15am.

    Where do I collect my reception child at the end of the day?
    At 3.30pm the pencil fence is opened by a member of staff and the reception children are collected from their classrooms. Parents wait outside the classroom and children are called by the class teacher. Please let the school office or class teacher know if your child is being collected by someone else.

  • What school uniform does my child have to wear?

    Do children wear uniform?

    Yes, we expect all children to wear school uniform. If you have any diffulties with getting school uniform, please contact our Parent Support Adviser, Jo Dawson, via the school office. We also have some 'nearly new' school uniform that parents can purchase for a small donation.

    What uniform do the children need to wear?
    Full details can be found on our School Uniform page.

    Red jumpers/cardigans
    Grey trousers/shorts/skirts/pinafores
    Red and white summer school dresses/playsuits
    Red or White polo shirts
    Black or Grey or White tights or socks
    Black school shoes/trainers

    Where can I buy school uniform?
    Uniform can be bought from any shop or supermarket.
    If you would like to buy jumpers or cardigans with the Fairlop Primary School logo, they can be bought online from …
    https://www.tesco.com/direct/fairlop-primary-school/5295.school
    http://carolinaschooloutfitters.co.uk/fairlop-primary-school-79-c.asp
    or purchased at Unistat –153 High Rd Barkingside: 020 8550 2119
    You DO-NOT need to buy a logo jumper, a plain red jumper or cardigan is perfectly acceptable.

    Does my child need a PE bag and a PE kit?
    Yes, children wear…
    White t-shirts
    Black shorts
    Plimsoles
    PE bags can be purchased from the school office for £3

  • Does my child need any equipment?

    Does my child need a book bag?
    Yes, these can be purchased from the school office for £5

    Does my child need a water bottle in school?
    Yes, these can be purchased from the school office for £1
    Children may also bring to school their own water bottle.

    Does my child need wellington boots (wellies) in school?
    Yes, they should be brought into school on your child’s first day and left in school. We will let you know if they get too small.

    When does my child need their book bag and PE bag and kit?
    Children should bring their book bag and PE kit into school on their first day.
    The PE bag will stay in school and be sent home every half term for washing, the book bag should be brought to school every day and will go home each night with your child.

  • What happens before my child starts in Reception?

    Our usual transition processes have changed this year due to the current situation. 

    How does the school support children and parents to have a smooth transition into school?

    Zoom calls - Wednesday 2nd September to Monday 14th September

    Classroom Visits - Thursday 3rd September to Monday 7th September

    Children start school, 5 children per day - Tuesday 8th September to Monday 14th September (9.30am to 12.00pm) and Tuesday 15th September (9.30am to 1.30pm)

    Wednesday 16th September - full days 9.30am to 3.30pm

  • How is lunchtime organised?

    When is lunchtime and how is it organised?
    Lunchtime is at 12.00 until 1.15pm.
    The children eat their lunch in the dinner hall.
    They are supervised by a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and midday assistants.
    They can have a packed lunch or school dinners.
    School dinner menus are on the website.
    All Reception, Y1 and Y2 are entitled to a universal free school meal.

    How will my child know what to order for their lunch?
    Class teachers will show the children pictures of the food available to them and ask them what they would like, the teacher will then order the food for the child.
    Desserts are not pre-ordered, children choose them when they collect their lunch.

    Can I order my child’s lunch?
    Yes, you can order your child’s lunch online via the Feeding Hungry Minds website once you have set up your account. 
    Most children order their own lunch when they get to school each day.

    Is there a halal option everyday?
    Yes – class teachers will have a list of child who require a halal lunch. Please put this on your admission form.

    Is there a vegetarian option everyday?
    Yes – class teachers will have a list of children who require a vegetarian lunch. Please put this on your admission form.

    Can my child have a school lunch if they have a food allergy?
    Yes, but you must contact the school office asap to arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s allergies.
    A special menu will then be created by the catering staff.
    Class teachers will know that your child has a special menu and will order your child’s lunch from it.

    What happens after my child has eaten their lunch?
    The children go outside and play in the infant playground with year 1 and 2 children.
    They are supervised by midday assistants.

  • How is the school day organised in Reception?

    Does the school follow a curriculum for reception children?
    Yes, we use the Development Matters curriculum to plan activities and to assess your child against the age related milestones.

    Should my child be a certain level when they come into reception?
    No, there is no expectation about what you child should be able to do.
    However basic skills such as toileting, dressing, putting on shoes and being able to recognise their own name are valuable skills to have when joining reception. A ‘Getting Ready for Reception’ help sheet is available.

    How is the school day organised?

    9.05am

    Children come into school via the pencil fence

    9.15am

    Register, lunch orders are taken and *special day child is announced (*see below)

    9.25am

    Phonics is taught using the ‘Letter and sounds’ programme.

    10am

    Children are taught in small groups, these are called focus activities.
    These activities include: speaking and listening, reading, writing, maths, art and design and all areas of learning from the Development Matters curriculum.
    Children will have access to the EYFS garden and child initiated activities within the classroom.

    11.30am

    Whole class maths session

    12.00

    Lunchtime

    1.15pm

    Register

    1.20pm

    Whole class taught activity i.e., circle time, handwriting, shared reading, shared writing, philosophy.

    2pm

    Focus activities

    3pm

    Whole class activity ie, story time, music, role play etc.

    What is special day?
    Special day is when a child is chosen and they get to take the register to the office, sit on a special chair, stand at the front of the line and take home Barnaby Bear. Barnaby Bear comes with a diary and the children or parents write in the diary telling the rest of the class what Barnaby did when he visited your house. Barnaby Bear and the diary then return to school the next day and the diary is read out to the class.

    What other activities will my child do during the week?
    The children will do PE in the hall, visit the library and take out a library book, visit the environmental area, ride bikes in the infant playground and visit the Computer suite (summer term).

    Will my child receive homework?
    Yes, your child will take home 2 reading books each week to read with you. A reading diary will accompany the books and parents are asked to write a short comment about how their child read that day. Key persons will read the comments in the diary and may comment if necessary.
    Children will receive 4 sounds and 4-5 high frequency words to learn each week. Children will be tested on these and given new sounds and words when they are secure in their understanding. Children may be asked to write words into a sentence.
    In the spring and summer term, a weekly maths activity will be sent home to reinforce what they have been learning that week or to prepare them for what they will be learning the following week.

  • When can I speak to the teacher?

    When can I talk to my child’s key person to find out how well they are doing?
    There are 2 parents’ evenings each year, 1 in the autumn term and 1 in the spring term. You will be asked to make an appointment online and between the times of 4pm-8pm. You will meet with your child’s key person and talk about the progress your child has made and what targets they will be working on next.

    If you need to speak to your child’s key person or class teacher at other times in the school year, email or telephone the school office and they will arrange an appointment for you. Staff are not available to speak to parents at the beginning of the school day. If you need to pass on a message i.e., 'Jack had a tummy ache last night' then you can tell the staff member on the gate and they will pass the message on.

    Your child's key person will speak to you at the end of the day if there are any issues.

  • What will happen if my child hurts themselves or feels unwell?

    What happens if my child hurts themselves or feels unwell?
    Children are taken to welfare where a registered first aider will assess your child’s needs.
    Children with minor injuries ie, grazed knee will be treated by the first aider and given an orange or green note which will explain the injury. These notes will be placed into your child’s book bag.
    Parents will be called if the first aider does-not think they are well enough to be in school and parents will be asked to collect their child ASAP. Please ensure we have up to date contact details for you in case we need to call you in an emergency.

Reception Welcome Information 2020