Welcome to Reception


Starfish Teacher:

  • Kirstyn Moss

Turtles Teacher:

  • Elizabeth Rickman

Teaching Assistants:

  • Jenna Baker
  • Becky Shawyer

Reception Cover Teacher

  • Jennifer Byrne

Welcome to Reception at Nelson School for you and your child. The autumn term is an exciting and busy first term of the Reception year. We are looking forward to working in partnership with you to ensure your child’s first year at school is a happy and successful one.

Recommended Books for Foundation stage

MTP – Autumn 1



  • The term very much begins with “settling in” and “getting to know you”. We will initially focus on the question Who am I”? Then, we will begin to widen our focus and ask the question “Who else lives around me?”– focusing on People who help us.
  • In this term, we begin our daily teaching of phonics. You will receive more information on this as the term progresses.
  • This term is also full of exciting events and festivals such as Harvest, Diwali, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Guy Fawkes, Hanukkah and Christmas. We will be learning about celebrations and events from different cultures and countries, which make up the Nelson community.
  • As well as this, in keeping with Reception good practice and ethos, we will also continue to take account of children’s interests and ideas and incorporate them, where possible, into our curriculum and learning.

Learning Journeys

Your child will keep their own Learning Journey in class. We invite you to contribute to this with “WOW” moments. More information about this will be sent home soon.


We will be inviting parents to volunteer for the two Parent Rep roles for each class, who will act as liaison between class and parents. Please look out for the sign-up sheet on the class noticeboard if you are interested in volunteering.

We will be looking for volunteers to help within the classroom. You will need a DBS check which the school office can help you with. Please get in touch with the office if you are interested.


If your child is having a hot school lunch, please remember to select the meal in advance via Parent Pay, when you receive your log in details. Prior to receiving these, you can select your choice on the paper form and return this to school. Please speak to the school office if you have any questions.


We send letters and important information regarding your child’s learning home in their book bags. Please ensure they are bought to school daily and check them on a regular basis.


On PE days, children should come to school in their PE kits and will remain in them all day. Please see the Nelson Starter Pack to find out about the correct kit. We will not begin PE sessions until we feel the children are well settled. We will inform you of when we intend to start. PE day will be on Wednesday and Mr Abbott, who is our school PE teacher, will lead the sessions.

Spare Clothes

Occasionally children may have a toileting accident. We have spare clothes if they need to change; however, if you prefer you may choose to put some spare clothes in your child’s bookbag, or in a bag which can remain on their peg.


In Reception we have two snack times; mid-morning and mid-afternoon each day.

The school provides 1 portion of fruit or vegetable snacks for all children on a daily basis and we ask that you please provide the other. In keeping with the wider healthy eating policy of the school, please only send a fruit or vegetable snack. We feel that this not only helps promote a positive attitude to healthy eating but also encourages good eating habits. Please remember that if you are providing this in a container, please clearly name label it. We are a NUT FREE school and have children allergic, so please DO NOT bring in anything containing nuts.

Named Property

May we remind you – please remember to label ALL children’s clothing, snack pots and water bottles, etc with your child’s name.


If your child needs any medication administered at school, it must be prescribed. Please contact the school office for more information.


You will be sent details for a parent pay account. Please sign up as you will be sent correspondents from school through this account.

Class Pets

Each class has a toy pet which will go home with a child every Friday to spend the weekend with you. Tim Turtle and Sid Starfish are looking forward to their adventures.

End of day pick up.

If your child is being collected at the end of the day by someone different, please inform the class teacher. You many also email or phone the school to inform us if there are any changes to pick up. We can only send children home with confirmed adults.

Toys From Home

We ask that children do not bring in toys from home, as we cannot guarantee they will not get lost or damaged.

We hope you have found this information helpful. We aim to keep parents as involved and informed as possible. Please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher or other members of the Reception team if you have a question or just wish to have a chat about any of the above.
Best wishes and thank you for your support. The Reception Team

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