Welcome to Chelsea Bridge Class.

We hope you have a wonderful year with us.

From Miss Pillay, Miss Crooks and Mrs Begum

Week beginning 28th September 2020

Dear Parents, Carers

It has been a lovely first week of full time learning for the children. They are now quite familiar with the routines and structure of the day and have really enjoyed being at school full time every day.

Please check your child’s bookbag for next week’s lunch menu cards and a letter detailing our school uniform requirements. It is important that all children have the correct school uniform and accessories. Please check and ensure that your child is attired accordingly. The uniform expectations are quite clear to ensure that all children represent the ethos and values of our school. We kindly ask parents, carers to ensure that there are no deviations from the expected uniform guidance.

Please note that Monday 28th September is an INSET day for staff. Children will return to school on Tuesday, 29th September. Please bring in lunch menu cards on Tuesday.

Kind Regards,

Reception Team


If you do not have other children at our school, we have asked you to arrive at 9.30. Teaching in Reception starts after the 9.30 start. Please be assured that your child will not miss out on learning by arriving at 9.30. This measure has been put in place to reduce congestion at the school entrance by having different start times for the older children and their siblings.

The staff at the main entrance will allow you to enter as soon as the congestion has cleared. Please note that the large gates will be locked by 9.40. If you arrive late, you must ring the bell at the main office, and they will receive your child. Please do not walk up to the Reception playground if you arrive at or after 9.40 as the small gates at the top of the stairs will also be locked. It is important that your child arrives on time to school so that teaching and learning can begin for the day.


Thank you for ensuring your child was suitably dressed for PE on these days:

  • Grosvenor Class: every Thursday morning
  • Chelsea Class: every Friday morning

On the day your child has PE, they must come to school dressed in their PE clothing:

  • Plain black jogging bottoms (cold weather) or plain black PE shorts (hot weather)
  • Royal Blue school logo PE T-shirt

and their:

  • Royal Blue School logo jumper/cardigan
  • Plain black School shoes (NO PE plimsolls or PE trainers). Children will change into PE shoes for the PE lesson only. PE shoes will remain at school in their royal blue school logo PE kit bag which will also contain spare clothing.


AUTUMN TERM TOPIC: Autumn 1 -All about me

Literacy, CAL and PSED Focus:

Focus Book: Marvelous Me: Inside and Out by Lisa Bullard

We will read this delightful book with its many themes as a great starting point from which the children will learn to :

  • explore and embrace the things that make them unique.
  • identify some of their emotions and feelings. We will introduce the different colours that can represent our emotions as part of our Zones of Regulation programme. This week we will introduce green and red zones. You can find out more about the colours here:
  • learn the vocabulary to name the main parts of their body and describe their features eg long or short hair, curly or straight hair, light or dark brown eyes, taller or shorter than.

PE focus: The children will learn how to move around a large space with confidence; how to change direction and speed; how to avoid colliding with each other or objects in their path and how to stop quickly by listening and looking for visual signals given by the teacher.

Maths Focus: The children will explore the language of measure: how tall or short something is, how heavy or light something is, how far or near something is, how full or empty something is

EAD Focus: the children will learn how to create and paint their own self-portraits.


Week beginning 21st September 2020

Dear Parents, Carers

We have been very pleased with the calm and settled start to school for our Reception children this year. We look forward to now having them at school for full day sessions.

If your child is unable to come into school for any reason, please call the school office to let them know. For other enquiries please email

If you are still not receiving text messages or emails from the school, please let us know immediately.

Please see important information below about what to expect for your child’s first full week with us.

Kind Regards

Reception Team


  • Start: 9.30am and Finish: 2.45pm
  • Please do not arrive any earlier or later than these times as this will cause congestion at the school entrance
  • If you have other children at Howard Primary, we have sent details about specific arrangements for your Reception child. (check your emails dated 4th September)
  • If your child will attend breakfast or afterschool care, we have names and time details for these children. Please let us know if these change.



  • School lunches are provided every day at 11.45.
  • Please complete the lunch menu choice letter  for the whole week and drop into the Parent Inbox outside each class on Monday morning. Please write their name on each menu slip.
  • If your child has a packed lunch, please indicate this on the menu choice letter


The children have a fruit and milk snack every day. Free fruit is provided daily. Free school milk is provided to children under the age of 5. If your child is not allowed milk for dietary reasons, please explain this to them at home.

Once your child reaches their 5th birthday, you will need to register for paid continuation of milk by following the link:

Please note that there will be a short time delay between your application and your child receiving the milk at school.


PE lessons will begin this week. Your child will have PE once a week on the following day:

  • Grosvenor Class: every Thursday morning
  • Chelsea Class: every Friday morning

On their PE day, children must come to school dressed in their PE clothing:

  • Black jogging bottoms or black shorts if hot weather
  • Royal Blue school logo PE T-shirt
  • School logo jumper
  • School shoes (not PE plimsolls or PE trainers)

Royal blue school logo PE kit bag:

This will remain at school on their coat pegs. Please place the following items in the PE kit bag:

  • PE shoes: plimsolls with Velcro fastening or black trainers with Velcro fastening
  • Spare clothes: This does not have to be school uniform. We advise plain colours, a pair of jogging bottoms, T-shirt, long sleeved jumper and spare underwear and socks. All children are expected to have this, as all children engage in messy play activities.
  • If sent home to be washed, please return items to school as soon as you can.



This week the children will settle into their first week of full-time attendance and we will focus on:

  • developing relationships between the children
  • practising the rules and routines of the setting
  • listening for and observing the children’s use of mathematical vocabulary related to number, shape, space and measure
  • Exploring and creating self portraits and learning about some of the artists well known for creating self portraits
  • Dough disco: a daily fun lesson to develop fine motor skills, using playdough.
  • PE lessons: developing the children’s awareness and use of the space around them.