Rising Reception 2020 - 2021
Children due to start school in Reception in September 2021.
Click here to apply to join us in September 2021 using the St Helens admission process.
We are not currently able to offer school tours, but telephone appointments and virtual meetings are possible.
Please ring 01744 678640 for more information.
We are a happy, inclusive, Catholic Primary School in St Helens with 210 children and 30 staff. We value the role of parents, carers and the parish community in the education of our children and encourage and support them to do all that they can to develop a love of learning and share their skills and talents.
We celebrate the place of all faiths, values and beliefs whilst promoting a strong Roman Catholic ethos and tradition. We work together to create a school family where everyone feels safe, happy and secure. We support and encourage individuals to reach their full potential, to seek the highest levels of attainment and to celebrate every achievement. We deliver an innovative and creative curriculum, building self-belief and confidence. We broaden horizons, develop life skills and unlock opportunities for all.
Our children range in age from four to eleven. They are able to play, explore, create, learn actively and think critically in a safe and friendly environment. We have large playing fields, two playgrounds and a range of bright, airy, well-organised classrooms and teaching spaces. We use interventions to support children who find some concepts challenging and provide extension activities for children who enjoy being challenged further. We invest in the professional development of staff, working with the archdiocese of Liverpool, St Helens Local Authority and our local school cluster, to ensure staff are supported and are continually updating their knowledge and skills.
We teach the National Curriculum, enhancing it with additional sports, personal, social and health education, international study, arts and culture and our “Come and See” RE programme. We provide extensive on line home learning for when children are unable to attend school and use virtual learning and communication platforms to communicate with parents. We have an active Friends association that raises money for school funds and provides social activities for families. We are proud of our history, of our church and our town. We work together with positivity and enthusiasm to realise the hopes and dreams of all in our care.
Our school mission statement permeates all we do: “Following in the footsteps of St Peter and St Paul, we love, learn and grow together”.
Ms K Tunstall, Reception Teacher, Head of Infants, SENCo
Ms G Giblin, Teaching Assistant
Deputy Headteacher, SENCo
Mr D Finney, Safeguarding
First Day in School
Children start school in small groups. This allows the children and staff to spend quality time getting to know one another. It also allows staff time to assess the children and plan an effective curriculum for them based on their individual interests.
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8.50 - 9.00 Arrive at the Reception classroom door. Late arrivals must enter school via the main entrance.
9.00 - 12.00 Morning session
12.00 - 1.30 Dinner
1.30 - 3.30 Afternoon session
Children have a ‘snack’ during the morning session.
Fruit is available all day.
Dates and News are included in our weekly newsletters, published each Friday.
Trays, Pegs, Water bottles, PE bags
Trays and Pegs: Each child has their own tray and coat peg. Their own name and a photograph of an animal help them to recognise their own tray and coat peg.
Water bottles: Children are asked to bring a water bottle every day. We ask that a child’s name is clearly labelled on their bottle. The bottle should contain fresh water, not juices, fizzy drinks or flavoured water.
PE bags: Children should keep a PE kit in school. This should be in a draw-string bag with a name clearly labelled. Back packs are not suitable as they do not fit on the coat pegs.
Children should wear our school uniform. ¯This is published on our school website in the ‘Parents’ section. Trousers and skirts are easier for children to take on and off for PE, but pinafore dresses may be worn. We ask that children in Reception do not have laces in their shoes. Children need our PE kit, kept in school, for PE lessons and activities involving movement.
No jewellery or nail polish is to be worn in school. Clothing should be clearly named.
Food and Drink
Lunch: All Reception and Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a free school meal each day. There is a choice of different meals. Vegetarian options are always available. Please let us know if your child has any other dietary restrictions or requirements. Lunchtime is between 12.00 and 1.30pm, when the children can eat lunch and then play with their friends. Please encourage your child to try school lunches, fussy eaters tend to copy their friends and will try far more foods in school than at home. Packed lunches, prepared at home and brought into school, are permitted in special circumstances. These should support our healthy eating policy. No fizzy drinks or sweets. Please ensure that your child’s packed lunch box has their name on.
Snacks: All children in Reception receive a piece of ‘snack’ each day. Snack is £1 per week and should be paid every Monday. Some parents prefer to pay for a whole term at once in advance. Snack money should be sent into school every Monday in their book bag. It should be in an envelope clearly labelled with name and ‘snack money’. Children also receive a free piece of fruit every day.
Drinks: Water is available throughout the day, including lunchtimes. Children may also bring a drink to school, remembering that no fizzy drinks are allowed. Infant children also have milk each day. Milk is £2 per term or £6 for the year.
Staff need to be aware of your child’s medical background. In particular:
Allergies (eg. bee stings or dairy food);
Dietary restrictions (eg. vegetarian or Halal);
Medical conditions (eg. asthma or eczema). If your child suffers from asthma, we ask for an inhaler and spacer to be left in school.
Children can suddenly become ill, so it is important that we can contact you or another adult, relative or friend at all times. Please ensure that we are kept up-to-date if contact details change.
If a child is unable to attend school due to illness, please telephone us before 9.30am to let us know: 01744 678640.
Good attendance is vital to ensure your child settles well and makes good progress. Please make sure your child arrives on time. Young children can become very distressed if they arrive late and everyone has started without them. Poor attendance is reported to our Education Welfare Officer, who may request a meeting in school or visit you at home to discuss how attendance can be increased.
Early Years Curriculum
Activities in Reception are carefully planned and organised in order to provide a range of learning experiences. Individual records called Learning Journeys are kept by staff to record the activities your child participates in and undertakes, as well as their progress in specific skills.
Planning for each week and term is carried out using a topic-based approach, following the children’s interests and responding to specific events.
Areas of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Physical Development
• Communication and Language
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
Throughout the EYFS, children work towards the Early Learning Goals. These describe the level of attainment expected at the end of your child’s Reception year in school.
Learning Journeys and Reports
Learning Journey Throughout the year, staff record each child’s learning and development in an individual folder. This forms a unique record of your child’s learning and development. It will contain samples of work, photographs and staff observations. These folders enable staff to track a child’s progress and attainment, and also plan future activities.
Reports We have two formal teacher-parent meetings during the year, one in the Autumn term and one in the Spring term. Parents receive a written report in the Summer term, when there will be an optional teacher-parent meeting should it be needed.
We have an ‘open door policy’. Parents with concerns or wanting any information should speak to the class teacher. They may also request an appointment with a member of staff by contacting the school office by phone or email.
We understand and value the support that parents provide. Early years staff love to hear about what parents and children have been doing at home. We encourage sharing with us your child’s learning, achievements and experiences. It helps us to build a more complete picture of your child.
A phonics sheet is brought home each day. This reinforces the phonic sound they have learnt in school that day. Each child has a phonics file to keep their work in. On Fridays, phonics files are collected in so that Reception staff can comment on the sheets. They are then returned home.
A reading book is brought home to share with parents or carers at home. We encourage children to read every night at home.
A home-school book is sent home on Friday and should be returned on Monday. We ask that parent and child writes, draws, or sticks in what they have done over the weekend. This helps us to know what the child's interests are.
We recognise and celebrate our children’s achievements. We have weekly awards for star of the week, reader of the week, manners of the week and gospel values.
We encourage children to share their achievements from outside of school. Children may bring in certificates, awards and trophies that they have received. These are shared with the whole school during our Friday achievement and celebration assembly.
In Reception we also have a ‘dojo’ rewards system. Children receive dojo’s for good work, trying hard, being helpful, having good manners, sharing, etc. These are then transferred into house points and collected in each week. At the end of every half term the house that has the most points have a ‘house party!’
In Reception, we operate a graded behaviour system. All children’s names are placed on a picture of a sunshine at the start of each day. If a child needs reminding several times about acceptable behaviour they are moved onto a picture of a cloud. If the child is again reminded, they are moved onto a picture of a storm. Parents are then informed, and staff and parents work together to improve behaviour. This may involve a home/school behaviour books, stickers and rewards charts or discussions with members of the senior leadership team.
Each day all children start back on the picture of the sunshine.
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Click here for Scissor skills booklet
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Click here for Oxford Reading Tree meet the characters
Click here for My Learning Journal information for parents and carers
Click here for Phonics glossary for parents
Click here for Phonics a guide
Click here for Ck, E, U and R the Letters and Sounds Workbook
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Click here for H, B, FF and SS the Letters and Sounds Workbook
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