Adel St John The Baptist

Reception Class

Welcome to Reception 2023!


What a wonderful start to the year we have had! The children (and parents/carers!) have made a brilliant start already in Reception, settling in and enjoying their first school experiences. We have had a great time getting to know each other and learning about all of the new routines that come with our first class.

Morning Drop-off

Thank you for your support and patience in dropping your children off at school. We understand that the children entering the cloakroom independently may be quite different to what they were used to at nursery, however all children are ready to be independent in their morning routine of hanging up their things, changing in to their pumps, putting their water bottle away and entering the classroom.

3.15pm Pick-up

At 3.15pm, the children have been leaving the classroom via the ‘Garden’ door in to the Reception play area, one at a time. They are asked to sit patiently until we call their name when we can see their adult. We are getting quicker as we go! If someone new to us is picking up your child, or there is a change to the usual routine, please let us know at morning drop-off, via the office or by email.

At home-time and after school, please do not allow your children to play on the climbing frame or other equipment in the ‘Garden’ area or on the school field. This is for health and safety and insurance reasons. Thank you.

Reading Mornings

Our first Reading Morning will be on Thursday 12th October and will continue to be on a Thursday until Christmas. As of January 2024, Reading Mornings will be held on a Tuesday. Reading morning is an opportunity to come in to the classroom with your child and share a book together. Reading Morning will start 8.50am and finish at 9.10am.

Outdoor Learning

In Reception we love to be outside in our garden, exploring on the field or visiting our Conservation Area. We try to go outside in all weathers (and particularly enjoy the rain!) so, if you haven’t already, please provide your child with an all-in-one waterproof suit or a waterproof coat and trousers, along with wellies to avoid lovely new uniforms from becoming not-so-lovely. These would be best left in school if possible please. Please provide a named coat hanger on which we can hang the wet waterproofs! Thank you. For indoors, we ask that each child keeps their pair of pumps in school, we will send these home at the end of a term for you to check their fit. Please name everything that comes in to school. 


Reception’s PE days will be on a Tuesday & Thursday. We will begin our PE sessions on Tuesday 19th September, where your children will be taking part in Unit 1 of the ‘Fundamentals of PE’. Beginning Thursday 21st September, the children will take part in ‘Movement Play’, focusing on sensory opportunities linked to brain development in children up to age seven. Please can all children come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE days. Information of what to wear is in your Adel St John Handbook.

 Milk and Water Bottles

The children have a snack (fruit or vegetable) each day and are always encouraged to try all new foods. They will also receive cow’s milk each day until they turn 5. This will begin at the start of the children’s first full week of school, Monday 18th September. If you would prefer your child not to have milk, please let the school know. Once children are 5, their milk will need to be paid for as outlined in previous information received. Please be aware that there is a delay between your payment happening and your child being added to our school milk order. Children have access to their water bottles throughout the day and are encouraged to drink regularly. Please ensure children have their names on their water bottle and bring fresh water to school each day. The children are able to re-fill their bottle throughout the school day as needed.


After receiving a menu in your child’s book bag, please select a food choice for each day with your child and return to school the following Monday in order for us to process their lunches. Please ensure your child’s menu is named before returning them to school.

Book Bags

It is helpful if children can bring a book bag to school each day so they can bring home drawings and books etc. We would also appreciate a spare set of underwear and socks being kept in your child’s bag. This could be in a spare bag, left on your child’s peg, or inside their book bag.


Monday – Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Tuesday- Miss Griffin & Miss Smith

Wednesday- Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Smith

Friday- Mrs Quinn & Miss Smith


As of Wednesday 13th September, you should have received your invitation to log on to ‘Tapestry’. This will be where you can see your child’s individual learning and progress recorded. Further information will be on our class page on the school website as well as weekly blog updates about our whole class learning and experiences.

Our email addresses are given below. Please be aware that we may not be able to check these when we are teaching the children but we will aim to get back to you as soon as we can.

Miss Griffin and Mrs Quinn are around each morning drop off and afternoon pick up for any comments or queries you may have.

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming year. It is going to be a fun one!

Miss Griffin and Mrs Quinn



Week beginning 12.12.22

Posted: Dec 16, 2022 by: Reception (gquinn) on: Reception Class Blog

Merry Christmas all!

Thank you for a wonderful first term. Your support means a lot to us and has a direct impact on the progress of your child at school.

This week has been full of celebrations. We have enjoyed our disco, Christmas party, Christmas Service and Sing-a-long Christmas assembly! We have had so much fun.

We sadly said goodbye to Rosie and Jim today. Mrs Dean came to tell us that their Mummy and Daddy had arrived to collect them. She passed us a letter from their parents, thanking us for all that we have done to ensure they have been happy, healthy and safe in our care. Well done, all!

Today we spent some time choosing in our classroom with our Year 6 buddies. What a treat!

Congratulations to Annie, Aurora and Daniel who received certificates this week.

Thank you once again for our lovely cards and gifts. It means a lot.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Mrs Quinn, Miss Riches and Miss Kane


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