Category Archives: Reception

Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to Reception!

Welcome to St. Columba’s RC Primary School. We are delighted that you and your child will be joining us in September.

Under normal circumstances, we would be writing to invite you to a number of events and meetings across the summer term. However, due to the current guidelines, this is not possible at this present time.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and empathise with the anxieties you may feel as a family in regards to your child’s transition into Nursery or Reception. We would like to reassure you that an induction process will take place, even if it is a little later and occurs a little differently to our usual way of doing things here at St. Columba’s.

Schools are working within a constantly changing environment, with different versions of guidance and new updates coming from the Government and Department for Education on a daily basis. We therefore ask for your patience and understanding whilst we put together plans which are realistic, practical, flexible and, above-all, beneficial in supporting the best possible start to your child’s school life at St. Columba’s.

We have decided to begin by sending transition packs to all new starters. The packs include key information about Reception and a social story for you to read with your child so they can become familiar with the staff and their classroom environment.

We hope that many of your questions will be answered by reading the enclosed information and visiting our school website. Your child’s class teachers will also be phoning each of you individually over the next few weeks to introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have. As soon as we are able to share further information about start dates and times for September, we will be in touch.

If you have any urgent questions, please do not hesitate to email or phone our school office (the details are included on the letter head above) and we will respond as soon as we can.

Please feel reassured that your child will be at the centre of every decision we make and they will have the best transition to our school as possible, as our new starters always do.

On behalf of the Governors, Staff, Parish and wider community, we look forward to welcoming you and your child into school as soon as we are able.

Reception Brochure 2020

Reception Social Story

St Columba’s Information Pack

Forest School Parents Booklet

 

If you would like to help your child prepare for their start in September, here are a few suggestions of things to try at home:

Hand Skills

Learning to dress

Reception’s Church Visit

Reception’s Church Visit

Linked to our Religious topics of ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Gathering’ this term, the Reception children enjoyed a visit to St. Columba’s church. Two of our parish members Mrs Dodds and Mr Finlay helped us on our visit. Mr Finlay drove the children to the church in the minibus. There was great excitement getting out of school…Read More

Reception ‘Stay and Play’

Reception had a wonderful ‘Stay and Play’ session today! However, it was a long morning waiting for everyone to arrive with the children asking from 9.10am “Are the mams and dads coming now?” We are very thankful to all of the mams, dads and grandparents who were able came along to support us. It continues…Read More

A Science afternoon in Reception

A Science afternoon in Reception

Reception enjoyed an afternoon working with magnets. They explored different materials and objects to see which are magnetic. “We need metal things to make it stick.” “This plastic box doesn’t lift up, it isn’t magnetic.” The children also had fun designing and making their own marble runs.    They worked together and tested their marble…Read More

Reception & Nursery learn about Baptism

Reception & Nursery learn about Baptism

Our topic in Religious Education is ‘Belonging’ and in Reception and Nursery we having been talking and finding out about Baptism. The children enjoyed joining together and acting out a Baptism in the school hall. We discussed the signs and symbols of Baptism. The children decided the baby’s name was George. We choose some parents…Read More

RE in action…Buddy assembly…CAFOD lunch…Y6 7th Oct

RE in action…Buddy assembly…CAFOD lunch…Y6 7th Oct

It was “RE in Action Week” this week in Y6 with two big events.  On Thursday it was the Buddy Assembly where Year 6 pupils formally welcome the new starters in Reception to be a part of our school family.  On Friday it was the annual  CAFOD Harvest Fast Day fund-raising lunch where the soup…Read More

Forest School in Reception

Forest School in Reception

We love Forest School in Reception. It is a great opportunity for the children to develop their personal, social and emotional skills. They enjoy working together and exploring the outside area. This term we are so are so lucky to have with Miss O’Connor leading our Forest School sessions. There is always great excitement when…Read More

A Great Start to Reception!

A Great Start to Reception!

Welcome to Reception everyone! What a lovely, busy few weeks we have had getting to know each other in Reception. The children have been brilliant at waving goodbye and coming into the classroom in the morning. They have been learning the new routines and have been enjoying working together and making friends. We have enjoyed…Read More

Stay and Play in Reception

STAY AND PLAY IN RECEPTION The Reception children enjoyed inviting their parents into school today. It was a wonderful opportunity for parents to see how the children start their day at school. The children sat smartly on the carpet and shared some lovely, thoughtful prayers and sang some of their favourite songs for the mums,…Read More