Reception Starters

A very warm welcome to St. Anne’s CE Primary School Reception as your child continues or begins their journey into school!

We are proud of what we offer children at St Annes so scroll down and click on the links to enjoy finding out more about what we do and to get the key information you need.

Meet the Team

Miss Hoban and Mrs Long

Click link to Admissions

Click Link to EYFS page

Click Link EYFS Policy

Link Phonics/ Early Reading Page

How to get ready for school

See a copy of our School Readiness Leaflet here.


Reception children must wear the school uniform. Uniform can be ordered from Marks and Spencer’s online service. Children need to wear shoes that are easy to take on and off (no laces). Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name inside.

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St Annes Uniform

In Reception we do P.E once a week. Please have your child’s P.E bag on their peg every day. Please label all items of your child’s P.E kit with their name clearly.

Dressing for the weather

We value outdoor play experiences and therefore use our outdoor area in all weather. Please can you ensure your child is dressed appropriately for all types of weather.

During Winter, please try to provide wellies, gloves, a scarf, hat and suitable coat.

In Summer, please try to provide your child with a sun hat. As your child will be climbing and running no open toe sandals are allowed in Reception. We ask parents to take responsibility for applying a sunscreen to all exposed areas of children’s skin before school on hot days.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg. This must consist of the items below. All items must be named and please keep these topped up if your child has had an accident at school.

The School Day


The children will find their name each morning and write their name on a small

whiteboard. This will progress as the year goes on and we will introduce them to their surnames and then some other challenges such as writing everyday words or sentences. At carpet time, an adult will take the register and two classroom monitors will take the register to the office on that day. All children will have many turns at this special job. 

Carpet time

Your child will take part in some adult led carpet sessions each day, these will consist of Phonics, Maths, Literacy, PSED, Understanding the World, Handwriting, Show and Tell, Story Time, R.E, Singing and Music, Circle Time, Games or the Interactive Whiteboard.

Learning time

Learning time is when children are able to learn through play, exploring the different activities in the classroom.

Inside/outside learning time

Children will be able to learn through play, exploring the different activities inside or outside. An adult focus activity will take place each morning and all children will take part. This will range from a Literacy, Maths, Art, Cooking activity, games or 1:1 reading.

Tidy up time

Children help to tidy the Reception Class. Children love to take part in tidying up. It is a great opportunity for children to develop their independence and team work skills.

Home time

When the school gate is open, parents and carers collect their children from the Reception classroom entrance. 


The school timings are:


It is essential that your child attends school every day to help them feel settled and so they do not miss out on any learning. Children must arrive at school no later than 8.55am.

Late arrivals can be unsettling, both to your child and to the other children in the class.  Please collect your child promptly at the end of each session. If you are going to be late, please contact the school, before the end of the day. All children must be brought to school and collected by an adult. Please let your class teacher or the office know if someone different will be collecting your child from school.


Please inform the school office on the first day of absence if your child is going to be absent from school. 

Accidents and sickness at school

We aim to create a safe learning environment for your child.  The children are supervised at all times. We have qualified paediatric first aiders amongst the Early Years Team. We treat minor cuts and bumps. In the event that your child has a more serious accident at school, we would contact you immediately.

We may also call you to collect your child if they are feeling unwell such as sickness or diarrhoea. It is very important that we are able to contact you in an emergency.  You will be asked to complete a form giving details of home and work addresses and telephone numbers. It is important that this information is kept up to date. Please inform us if you change your mobile phone number. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea your child can only return to school 48 hours after their symptoms have gone.


School dinners

Most of our children choose to have school dinners as it encourages them to try different food with their friends. School dinners are provided free to Reception aged children. If your child has any dietary requirements, please let us know. We are a nut free school.

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Packed lunches

Your child is able to bring in a packed lunch if you prefer. Please ensure that this contains no nuts and that it has healthy options.

Snack and Milk

There is a snack bar open in the morning and the afternoon. The children are able to choose between water or milk and they can choose a piece of fruit that is provided. Children can help themselves to water throughout the day. Your child can bring in their own water bottle to keep in school each day.

Allergies and dietary requirements

Please ensure that you let us know if your child has any allergies or dietary requirements before your child starts Reception.

Wrap around care

Once your child is settled in Reception we offer wrap around care such as breakfast club, after school care and after school clubs.

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After school clubs

We offer a range of after school activities for Reception children such as Balance bike skills, Football, Multi-Skills, Spanish, Outdoor Explorers, Craft and Construction club. More information will be sent out about our after-school activities in the Autumn Term.

Learning in Partnership with Parents

Learning map

We will send home an overview of the learning and activities that will take place in Reception each term. This can help give you ideas on how to carry on the learning at home with your child.

Learning journeys

Your child will have a Learning Journey where we put special pieces of work as well as photographs and things they have created and what they have said and done at school. These will be available for you to see at parent meetings, and you can also ask to see them at any time you wish.

Parent meetings

Parent meetings are held in the Autumn and Spring term. In the Summer Term your child will get a report sent home. A member of staff will be on the door each morning when you drop your child off, but if you would like to talk in private then you can make an appointment with your class teacher. If you are working then please feel free to call or email after school if you have anything that you would like to talk about. 


We encourage you to find a short amount of time each day to read with your child. Keep this fun and not too long as we want this to be an enjoyable experience for children. Sometimes we also set fun tasks for the children to do at home with you.

Reception book share

In the Autumn Term your child will be given a library book and reading folder to take home. Please bring this in every Friday so that your child can choose a new story. This reading book will be one that you can read to your child. We have parent reading morning from 8.45-9.15am every Friday morning. Come and share a story with your child!

Reading scheme books

Once your child is ready, they will be sent home with new books from the school reading scheme each week for them to read with you at home. We aim to send two new books home a week. Please bring your child’s reading scheme books in every day and remember to find a short amount of time each day for your child to read with you. 


Phonics is taught daily in Reception and we teach Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics at St Anne’s. We will inform you of the sounds that we will teach each term on the termly learning map. We will send home the weekly sounds for you to practice at home.


We use Seesaw as an online learning platform to share with parents. You will find out more about this when your child starts Reception.

School App and Parent Mail

Don’t forget to download our school app onto your smartphone. This will keep you up to date with the school calendar and important dates to remember.