About Us

About Us

We are delighted to welcome you and your child to our Reception classes here at Hearsall Community Academy. Your child’s education is a responsibility we share with you. We aim to provide a caring and safe environment, which will help your child settle happily into school life. A close relationship between home and school is essential if we are to achieve this.

We extend a very warm welcome to all our new parents and children. If you have any concerns or worries (however small) please feel free to contact us or our Early Years team who will be happy to help.

Staffing

RBP Class Teachers                                         Mrs Butterworth & Miss Page

RT Class Teacher                                                             Miss Tidmarsh

Reception Teaching Assistant                                          Miss Joyce (RBP)

Reception Teaching Assistant                                          Miss McGrath (RT)

Reception Teaching Assistant                                          Miss Bailey (RT)

My First Day in Reception

In July, prior to starting Reception, we will invite you to spend a ‘Stay and Play’ session with your child.  We hope that your child will feel confident to stay on their own for the second transition session. However, if your child is unhappy please feel free to stay with them and use the activities in the Reception classes to help him/her to settle.

In September, the first session will be a shorter session and will run until before lunch. The second day will be half a day but will include lunch time and by the third day the children will all be full time. We find the children settle best this way and look forward to supporting them to learn the new routines of school.

The first few weeks can be tiring and bewildering even if your child is used to Nursery or being with a childminder. Don’t worry if your child becomes upset; we are used to dealing with this situation.  Children usually stop crying quickly and we can contact you to reassure you later in the session.

A typical day

As with the rest of the school, children can come into school from 8.45am, and the register is closed at 8.55am.  After this time children will need to be brought into school through the main entrance (office) and will be marked late.  The school day ends at 3.10pm and children should be collected from the Reception garden gates.

Daily Routine Example
8:45 Children enter Reception and complete a morning challenge
9:00 Register and morning routines

9:10 Motor Skills
9:15 Phonics (adult taught session)
9:35 Child initiated learning and adult directed activities inside and outside
11:10 Writing/Theme (adult taught session)
11:35 Wash hands ready for lunch and go up to the dining hall
11:45 -12:45 Lunch then outdoor play
12:45 Register
12:50-1:15: Maths (adult taught session)
1:15- 2:30: Child initiated learning and adult directed activities inside and outside
2:30-3:00 Story time followed by singing
3:00 Dojo awards and home time preparation
3:10 Home time

Home Visits

Home visits will take place during June. During the ‘New to Reception’ parents’ meeting which takes place in July, you will be given an information pack all about Reception, complete with a day and a time for your home visit. If this time is not convenient for you, please let staff know and we will do our best to rearrange a time to suit you. Home visits are a valuable time for staff to meet your child in their comfortable setting where they are most confident and for you to ask staff any questions you may have about starting school.

Assemblies

After Christmas, we have our merit assemblies alongside the rest of the school. We invite all parents to come in to school  to celebrate the hard work of all the children. We then award a certificate to celebrate individual exceptional learning from the week.
From summer term, the children attend two whole-school assemblies to prepare them for transition in to year one and enable them to get to know the routine and other members of staff leading the assemblies. This includes a singing assembly which the children thoroughly enjoy!