Adel St John The Baptist

Reception 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

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 & Wednesday. Please can all children come to school in their PE kit on their designated PE days. 

 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 Milne & Miss Smith

Thursday- Mrs Milne & Miss Smith

Friday- Mrs Milne & 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.




Week beginning 4.12.23

Posted: Dec 8, 2023 by: Reception (gquinn) on: Reception Class Blog

What a busy time of year! The children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been practising very hard for their nativity next week. We hope you enjoy it! Thank you for all of the costumes, we did our first dress rehearsal this week and the children were almost fully independent in getting changed! For Wednesday evening’s performance (13th Dec), please could all children return to school for 5.30pm. The children will enter via the main entrance. If your child is attending after school club on this evening, school staff will collect them and bring them to the classroom. Please can all children be collected from the usual classroom door at 7pm.

As of next week, our classroom will have a special Christmas Post Box ready for sending Christmas cards! If your child(ren) would like to send Christmas cards, they may bring them in and post them in the post box on a morning. Each home time, they will be given out. A class list has been uploaded to Tapestry to support this. Christmas cards are a great way of encouraging writing in Reception!

On the afternoon of Wednesday 20th December, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will join together for a Christmas Party! On this day, the children may come to school wearing their Christmas party outfit and each bring in a small party snack for afterwards. They will have had lunch so only a small snack is required please! Thank you.

We have spent lots of time outside this week exploring in the frost and snow. The children really love the freedom and space that our wonderful field and outdoor areas provide. On Tuesday, we visited church for a special Advent Service. It was a lovely service and Reception were beautifully behaved as always. Thank you for bringing in the children’s wonderful Christmas decorations for the tree in the hall. We were amazed at how many we received and how beautiful they all were! We loved going in to the hall where the children chose a branch and independently hung their decoration. It looks amazing!

For your information, Mr Dalrymple has planned a meeting for Reception Parents to discuss how we follow the characteristics of effective learning in our class to support how we manage emotions, behaviour and our expectations as well as the learning that supports managing our feelings at this stage of the children’s development. Information regarding this is on the whole school newsletter.

We are working hard on preparations for our Family Morning on 20th December. Invitations that the children have written have been sent home this evening.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Griffin, Mrs Quinn and Miss Smith


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