Joining Reception in September 2021

Welcome to our information page for our new families joining us as their little one enters Reception in September 2021!

We are delighted that you will be joining the All Saints’ Thurlestone family and we would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to the Learning Academy Partnership.  We look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that your child has the best possible start to their primary education.

We believe that choosing your child’s first school is a hugely important decision, setting them on the path of a wonderful learning journey and onto future success.  At All Saints’ Thurlestone, we do everything we can to ensure our families are fully informed about the journey ahead; the curriculum that will be taught, the approach to teaching in the Foundation Stage, as well as the practical arrangements of starting school.

Normally at this point in the year, we are gearing up to welcome our new families into our academy to look around our Reception class, the rest of the academy, meet our team and learn more about our unique offer here at All Saints’ Thurlestone.  However given the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have tweaked how we are able to do this to ensure you are able to get to know us and the school, whilst also safeguarding the health and wellbeing of your family and our school community.  Miss Kingston will be writing to all of our new families in the coming weeks to share our induction arrangements for parents, our new little ones and families as a whole.

Please also visit other pages on our website, our Twitter page @ASTLAP or our new Facebook page to find out more about our fabulous academy; we work extremely hard to keep everything up to date, sharing all of the fabulous learning that takes place each term here in Yarmer and across the academy.

Remember, if you have any questions or queries, no matter how small they may seem, please feel free to contact the academy office and ask to speak to Miss Kingston (Hub EYFS Lead) or Miss Garside (Executive Head of Academy) and they will be able to help.

A little introduction to Reception and life in Yarmer Class…

Please take a look at these handy presentations which will give you an insight into our EYFS curriculum and life as a Reception child in Yarmer Class.

An Introduction to Reception

Welcome to Yarmer Class!

Induction arrangements for our new Reception children!

We hope that you are all as excited as we are to welcome you into Yarmer Class and the All Saints’ Thurlestone family!

Please find below copies of our welcome letters from Miss Cleverly, our CEO, and Miss Garside, our Executive Head and our Parent Handbook.

Reception CEO Welcome Letter from Miss Cleverly – May 2021

Reception Induction Welcome Letter from Miss Garside – May 2021

Reception Parent Handbook 2021

Reception Induction Google Form

If you have any questions, please pop us an email or give us a call and Miss Kingston will get back to you as soon as possible.

A few helpful leaflets to support your child as they prepare to start school next September…

Here a few handy leaflets full of advice and tips to support your little one before they start school next September.

Move with Me

Read with Me

Talk with Me

Write with Me

Count with Me

Starting School Stories

Starting school can be a big transition for many children (and parents too).  Reading and sharing stories with your child can make such a massive difference.

Here are just some of the many starting school stories you could share together:

  • I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child
  • Starting School by Allan Ahlberg
  • Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School by Ian Whybrow
  • Little Rabbit Goes to School by Harry Horse
  • Fuzzypeg Goes to School by Alison Uttley
  • First Day at Bug School by Sam Lloyd
  • Starting School: Do I have to go to school? A first look at starting school by Pat Thomas
  • The Colour Monster Goes to School by Anna Llenas
  • The Wolf who wouldn’t go to school (Whiffy Wilson) by Caryl Hart
  • Lucy and Tom at School by Shirley Hughes
  • I Have to Start at School Today by Simon Philip
  • The Koala who Could by Rachel Bright
  • Boris Starts School by Carrie Weston and Tim Warnes
  • Come to School Too Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clarke

Remember, if you do not have copies of the books, then it is really easy to find ‘read alouds’ on YouTube.

Fun and engaging learning opportunities

Learning with our friends

Being curious and following our interests