Welcome to Birkdale Primary School and our Early Years Foundation Stage Reception Year
Thank you for choosing Birkdale Primary for your child. We are very proud of our setting and the journey we are about to begin with you. Under normal circumstances, we would invite you into school during early June for our welcome meeting. However, due to the continuing social distancing guidelines that are in place, we will meet with you via Zoom instead.
During the month of April/early May, each family will receive a welcome pack from the school. In the pack will be a date and time for the information evening containing key information about the Reception year and staggered entry dates and times of visits for September. The class teacher will talk to you about this on the evening.
In the days that follow on from the meeting, the class teacher will telephone you during the day so that you can talk about and share information about your child and any health or medical needs they have.
In the meantime, please have a look at our virtual tour of the school video which can be viewed on our school website.
The teaching staff in R1 will be ...
Mrs Eden (Class teacher and Early Years Leader),
Mrs Hales (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Jones (shared Teaching Assistant with R2)
The teaching staff in R2 will be ...
Mrs Ellis (Class teacher)
Mrs Abram (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Jones (shared Teaching Assistant with R1)
Visit Dates and Staggered Entry for September
Our transition into Reception consists of a visit into school with a parent, short visits on their own, half day sessions where they will stay for lunch through to coming to school full time. Our transition program will last no longer than two weeks. All of these dates will be shared with you in our welcome pack and discussed during our information evening.
All visits will take place in September.
Children should wear a royal blue jumper or cardigan with the school logo on it. Plain lemon 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 round neck t-shirt and royal blue shorts and slip-on pumps. Please can everything be named.
*** DUE TO COVID-19, PE UPDATES WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE WELCOME MEETING.
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. 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.
Our school dinners are prepared and cooked in school. Dinners cost £11.25 a week and include a drink, main meal and pudding. The options include sandwiches and jacket potatoes with a filling choice of ham, cheese or tuna, a vegetarian option as well as a meat option. The children can chose from either water, orange juice, apple juice or milk and the pudding will be a choice from a biscuit, yoghurt, fruit bag or a cake. Our school dinners are on a three week cycle. All dietary requirements can be catered for by the kitchen staff.