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Our first week at cumwhinton school

Welcome to Reception (EYFS) – Catbells

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Cumwhinton School and the start of your child’s school experience. Reception is a very busy year, filled with lots of fun and learning!  I am very excited about all we have planned for your child this year, and I look forward to working with you as well.   

Our PE day will be on Thursdays, so please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school. However, I recommend they stay in school all week as you never know when it might be needed. Please make sure that all clothes are labelled with your child’s name. School policy for jewellery is only stud earrings, these will need to be removed independently or covered for PE with tape or plasters.

A little later on in the school year, your child will begin to bring home reading books. They will be familiar with these reading books as they will have read them in school as part of their Read Write Inc. (RWI) phonics sessions. Children should be able to read their books fluently and with confidence – showing off their reading skills. After they have read their book, I recommend discussing the story and asking your child questions related to the story in order to increase understanding and comprehension skills.

There will be a parents information evening coming very soon to explain the RWI phonics scheme. Look out for letters.

Children will be provided with a fresh piece of fruit for snack each day. School dinners are also provided free of charge with lots of tasty options for the children to choose from. If your child is opting to have a packed lunch please can you make the office aware of this and please remember we are a NUT free school.

Our first topic is ‘Magical Me!’ Please see the attached topic web to see what we will be learning.


This year we have Miss Jackson and Mrs Broomby supporting us in our class. On

Thursday afternoon Miss Tarbit will be covering my PPA (planning time), she is going to pop into class a few times for children to become familiar with her. Initially I will still be around in the classroom until the children are fully settled.

We will have class assemblies throughout the year but more information about these will follow when the children have settled in.


I want your child to have a happy and productive time in reception. Communication between home and school is vital. If at any time you wish to speak to me I am always available before and after the school day for informal updates however, if you wish to discuss any private matters please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the office.

Once again, welcome to reception. Let’s work together to make this a great year.

Kind regards

Miss Gray