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Welcome to Reception 2020

We will continuously be updating this page until 22nd July.  Please keep checking for updates.

Welcome to Birkdale Primary School and our Early Years Setting

We would normally invite you to our welcome meeting in June and meet your child at our 'stay and play' sessions but due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are unable to do that this year. So... we have created this web page so that we can put all of the information on here that we would normally have spoken about at the welcome meeting and the stay and play transition to school sessions.


Hopefully by now you will have received a letter welcoming you to our school, our 'Welcome to Reception' booklet and the staggered entry dates and times for September.  Mrs Eden will contact you by July 10th to answer any questions that you might have and to share any information about your child that will support their transition from home to school. 



In September, R1 will have 25 children in the class.

The teaching staff will be ...

Mrs Eden (Class teacher and Early Years Leader),

Mrs Hales (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Jones (shared Teaching Assistant with R2) 



In September, R2 will have 26 children in the class.

R2 teaching staff will be ...

Mrs Ellis (Class teacher)

Mrs Abram (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Jones (shared Teaching Assistant with R1)


and ... Mrs Brand (Teaching Assistant to R1 and R2 every Friday)


Visit Dates and Staggered Entry for September

You are invited to come along and stay for the first ‘stay and play’ visit which will take place on Monday 7th September.  Your allocated visit time is 9.00am-10.00am or 10.30am-11.30am or 1.15pm-2.15pm (this will be on your letter). This visit is for one adult only due to social distancing guidelines. Arrive and collect from the main school office.


The second visit will take place on Tuesday 8th September 9.00am -10.00am or 10.30am-11.30am or 1.15pm-2.15pm (this will be on your letter).  This visit is for the children only Arrive and collect from the main school office.


For the following visits please arrive at the Reception's class entrance (double blue doors).  Enter via our nursery gate and follow the path round the side of the school building.  At home time, R1 will exit from the same double blue doors and R2 from the single white door.  Continue round the back of the school building until you come to a ramp.  R2 will exit from here.


Wednesday 9th September  8.50am – 11.30am.

Thursday 10th September  8.50am – 11.30am

Friday 11th September  8.50am – 11.30am

Monday 14th September  8.50 am – 1.15pm (they will stay for lunch)

Tuesday 15th September  8.50 am – 1.15pm (they will stay for lunch)

Wednesday 16th September  8.50 am – 1.15pm (they will stay for lunch)

Thursday 17th September FULL TIME ONWARDS from this date  8.50am – 3.10pm

School Uniform

Children should wear a royal blue jumper or cardigan with the school logo on it.  Plain yellow polo t-shirts and grey skirts and trousers can be purchased from Matalan, Whittakers, Zips and Snips and supermarkets. PE bags should include a white t-shirt and navy shorts and slip-on pumps. PLEASE CAN PE BAGS BE A SMALL BACKPACK RATHER THAN A DRAWSTRING BAG.  THE CHILDREN FIND THEM VERY HARD TO OPEN, CLOSE AND HANG UP.Please can everything be named.


At the start of the year, the children will be given a homework book.  At the start of each term, an activity sheet will be sent home with a selection of activities on there for your child to choose from and complete at home.  Activities will be from the areas of Language, literacy and communication, Mathematics, Understanding the World and PSED. Other home/school learning themed activities will be sent throughout the year to support the class topic.  To support their reading progress in school, the children will be given an Oxford Reading Tree book and a list of reception high frequency words to learn at home.  We will only send home a reading book when your child can read the majority of the 26 letter sounds and are able to begin blending and segmenting to read. To begin with, most children will start with a picture book. All children become 'ready to read' at different times and the ability to talk about books is just as important as the ability to decode the words. 

Next week we will be adding some photographs of the learning environment. In the meantime please take this opportunity to familarise yourself with our school website.