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Reception Class of Sept 2020

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Welcome

We are delighted that you and your child are joining Helme C of E Academy this coming September.  On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community. 

We hope that the information on this page will answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September and assure you that we will write to you in the coming weeks with further details about your child's induction.

Welcome from our Chair of Governors

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our school and along with the staff becoming a partner in your child’s learning journey. The governors at Helme play an important part in supporting and challenging the school to ensure that every child is able to feel happy and valued. We are proud of our welcoming, friendly ethos in which every child can flourish; of our engaging and exciting curriculum and of the use of our extensive grounds. It is our privilege to watch as children take their first tentative steps into school and grow into respectful, confident learners and young people.

I thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your child and look forward to meeting you and your child in person in September.

Margaret Shaw

Chair of Governors

Early Years Foundation Stage

EYFS

The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child's interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.

During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children's interests and needs in mind.

There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as well as our weekly Forest School session, as believe this is vital for children's development. Reception children also have the opportunity to attend Forest School sessions.

Click on the link  to view the parent’s guide to the EYFS. This document directly links to the document used at school when observing and planning activities to support your child. The document is based around age bands. We would initially be working with age bands 30-50 months and 40-60 months in Reception.

See our EYFS page for more information: https://www.helmeschool.com/kgfl/primary/helmepri/site/pages/learning/earlyyearscurriculum

Term dates

These are our current term dates however we cannot confirm these until we have received further guidance from the DfE as to when schools will open fully.

https://helmeschool.com/kgfl/primary/helmepri/site/pages/admin/termdates

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Outdoor learning is a huge part of our curriculum. Please look at our Forest School page for more details: https://www.helmeschool.com/kgfl/primary/helmepri/site/pages/learning/forestschoolethos

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