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Reception and Nursery

Reception Parent Workshop:  It was good to see so many parents at our reading workshop.  Ms Buck and Miss Ryan explained to parents how important it is to enjoy books at home as well as to practice listening carefully to the sound sin words and playing games with them.  How many words can your child tell you that rhyme with sat?  If you ask your child to fetch their c-oa-t or to feed the c-a-t do they know what you are asking them to do?

Dear parents, remember that you will receive a free PE kit from the office when you return the Free School Meal form.

Reception children must be in the playground by 8.45 for doors to open at 8.50am. 

A polite notice - Nursery PlaygroundThe Nursery playground is only for the Nursery children to use during the time that Nursery is open.  Please do not let your child run around and play with the toys in there. 

Starting Full-time School

  • School Uniform:

    Children must wear: 

    • Black or grey school trousers, skirts or dresses (no jogging bottoms)
    • Plain white shirt or polo shirt
    • A GD sweatshirt or cardigan or a regulation school jumper (grey or green)
    • Plain black shoes – no white soles, logos, coloured ticks etc.
    • Children must not wear earrings in school.
    • All long hair must be tied up.
    • Hair must be cut no shorter than a number 2. No embossed styles.

    We are very proud of Green Dragon and wearing a smart school uniform helps to encourage and promote this sense of pride.  Please support your child by making sure they follow the rules. Thank you.

  • IEYC for this term - Animal rescuers

    We share our world with many different animals – from the pets that we might look after at home to the big wild animals, we might see on television or in books. We are going to imagine we are traveling all around the world, to visit some very exciting places and meet the animals that live there. We’re also going to help these animals to feel happy and safe. Some might even want to share some amazing stories with us! Are you ready to pack your bags for a fabulous adventure? 

  • maths
    • Sequence and write numbers 0 – 10; know one more than and one less than
    • Use words and actions for add, take away and equals
    • Sort and match 2D shapes (rectangle, square, triangle, circle, oval) by counting the number of straight sides
    • Make and continue a repeated pattern
  • English
    • Core books- ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘Handa’s Surprise’
    • Retell a story using a text map
    • Innovate a story using a text map
    • Read, Write Inc Set 2 sounds: ay ee igh ow oo (moon) oo (book) ar or air ir ou oy
  • How can you help?

    Help your child to learn about animals and their habitats by going on an ‘animal hunt’ in storybooks and the local area. Encourage them to use books and computers to find out information. Ask questions to enhance their understanding:

    • Can you describe what that animal looks like?
    • How many legs does it have? Can you count them?
    • Where does it live? In a hot/cold country?
    • What shapes and patterns can you see?
    • Can you describe how it moves?
    • Why does this animal have a long neck/fur/wings?
    • Where can we find out more information about these animals and their habitat?
  • Home Learning:

    Read stories with your child at home. Talk about the characters, settings, and structure. Can you innovate a story by changing the main character or setting?

    The children should also:

    • Read every day to or with an adult
    • Practice their phonic cards
    • Ask your child questions about colours, sizes, objects or numbers that you see when you are out and about.
  • Useful Websites for learning:
  • Things to remember e.g. PE kits

    Only reception children need PE kits.

    • PE is on a Wednesday. The uniform is black shorts and a white t-shirt. Please ensure clothing is all name labelled.

    • School PE uniform is black shorts and a white t-shirt. Please ensure clothing is all name labelled. plimsoles are needed for PE.

    • Shorts or leggings must not be over the knee as this increases the likelihood of slipping on equipment
  • Important dates:
    •  ​Thursday 29th March Break up 2:00 pm
    • Friday 30th – Friday 13th April Easter Holiday         
    • Monday 16th April School and clubs re-start
    • Tuesday 24th April - Class Photographs
    • Friday 25th May - Centaur 1 Class Assembly             
    • Friday 25th May - Break up for Half Term      
    • Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June Half-Term Holiday
    • Friday 29th June - Centaur 2 Class Assembly
    • Friday 6th July - GDF Summer Fair
    • Wednesday 11th July - Nursery Sports’ Day
    • Thursday 12th July - Reception Sports’ Day
    • Monday 16th July - Parents’ evening 3:30 – 5:00
    • Tuesday 17th July - Meet the new teacher 3:30 – 5:00
    • Tuesday 17th July - New Reception Parents’ Meeting
    • Tuesday 17th July - New Nursery Parents’ Meeting
    • Friday 20th July - Last day of term, break up 2:00 pm

Messages from the Staff

School starts at 8:50am and finishes at 3:15. Please be prompt as lateness at either the start or at the end of the day is upsetting for the children.

Please check with your child's teacher that they have a record of all the people that are allowed to collect you child - we will not allow the children to leave the school premises without your consent. If your child is being collected by someone other than yourself or the allocated person then you MUST call the school office.

Packed lunches must not contain sweets, chocolate bars, nuts or fizzy drinks.

Parents and grown ups can talk to any member of the Reception Team at the end of school.

Please make sure all of your child's clothing has their names written on them with PERMANENT pen - thank you.

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