Westward School

Reception Information

SCHOOL DAY

 

In Reception school starts at 8:30am and finishes at 3:15pm. Please drop off and collect your child punctually. 

The school bell rings at 8:45am and the register is taken in class at the beginning of the morning session. Please can you ensure your child arrives for school on time, as the morning carpet session is such an important part of the school day and sets the scene for the days activities. 

The children are dismissed at the end of the day by their class teacher from the side gate. If there are children who are not collected they will stay with a member of the Early Years team. Please let the school know if you are delayed in anyway to reduce any anxiety for your child. Telephone messages left on the answer phone are listened to at regular intervals during the day.

A list of whole school dates and events is available on this website for each term. Please ensure you make a note of important dates relating to your child. Newsletters are added weekly informing you of activities and events for the week.

Children are provided daily with a drink of milk or water and a selection of  fruit and vegetables in the Reception class  snack area. This is available from 9:30am until 11:15am. Water is available throughout the whole school day. We ask parents for a small donation of £1:50 to provide this. This can be paid weekly or termly to the class teacher. Cash only please.  This money is also used for cooking and science activities, along with parties that are held throughout the school year.

Please note we are a nut and kiwi fruit free school.

Lunch is at 12:00pm until 1:00pm, except  Thursdays when we have lunch at 12:30pm until 1:30pm, due to Upper school attending Xcel Sports sessions. Reception children go up to the pass to choose and collect their food. They will have a dedicated member of staff looking out for them, both in the lunch hall and playground,  encouraging healthy social interaction and activities. 

All children at Westward are encouraged to have a school dinner and packed lunches are discouraged. Allergies and food intolerances are catered for by the caterers. If you are at all concerned about whether your child is eating their school lunch, please come and have a chat with the Early Years staff. 

Our caterers are Brookwood and the menus change weekly and can be found on the schools website. Any problems concerning school lunches should be discussed with the Brookwood Head Chef.

No jewellery or watches are permitted. No money or valuables should be brought to School. If it is unavoidable then such items should be given to a member of the Early Years staff for safe keeping. Sweets and chocolate are not permitted.

CLASS ROUTINES

We encourage independence and self-management from the very start at Westward and whilst we always make time to support this development, seeing the children's sense of pride and self-satisfaction in being able to accomplish these tasks is wonderful. 

You can support your child by reminding them that

  • Coats on their pegs (names on EVERYTHING please)
  • Home Message books in the small box and Book bags in the big box
  • Newsletters and other letters will put in book bags-please check their bags and Home Message books every afternoon.
  • Please let us know (and them) if they are being collected by anothet relatve or attending after school club etc

COLLECTION OF CHILDREN

Arrangements for collection of children should be noted with telephone numbers. The Early Years staff should be informed of any changes in rotas or if a child is to go home with someone else. Nannies, au pairs etc should be introduced to the class teacher.

We will not allow children to leave School with people we do not know. 

Please do not park on the zig-zag lines or obstruct neighbours’ driveways. Please do not enter the school car park. The grassed area is the safest place to wait with your child, if collecting other children. Please discourage your child from climbing on the wall and playing in the car park.

 

CLOTHING

All clothing and belongings should be clearly marked with the child’s name. This includes shoes and trainers. Trainers should be black or white and Velcro is preferable.  A complete change of clothing should be named and kept in your child’s pigeon hole, especially pants and socks, incase of the odd mishap.

PE kits must be worn to school on Fridays.

All children should also have the School regulation long-sleeved painting overall and School book bag. All uniform is available from Unismart Ltd, 5 Oakdene Parade, Cobham, KT11 2LR (01932 868233). 

MEDICINE

All parents wishing for their children to be given medicine must complete a green Administering Medicines Authorisation Form obtainable from your class teacher, giving their consent in writing for medicine etc to be administered. This applies to inhalers. 

HOME MESSAGE BOOK

Parents are asked to look at the “Home Message Book” daily. All messages must be signed. Parents may use the book to write any messages to the teacher. Please write messages at the front of the book. At the back of the book parents are asked to write contact numbers, work numbers etc. so that we will be able to get in touch in case of illness or emergency.

HOMEWORK

In Reception there is a very small amount of homework given on a Friday for the weekend. This includes a reading book and a short Maths and Phonics activity that will help to consolidate the weeks learning. 

CHILD'S PROGRESS

In September there will be an informal meeting for all parents describing the reading, writing and Maths that will go on in Reception class. There will be an Open morning every half term. This will be a chance for your child to show you their Learning Journey book and have a look around the classroom and at the work your child has been doing. It is also an opportunity to ask the team any questions you may have. You will also receive a written progress report and a full written report at the end of their time in Reception. These reports are given to you at the termly Parent Consultations, which are held over the last few weeks of term, at your convenience.

Outside these consultations, please feel free to pop in to discuss your child as you wish.