We are so glad that you have joined our St Matthew’s family – we can’t wait to meet you all.
Below you will find our ‘Welcome To Reception’ video and many other useful links to additional information. Don’t hesitate to ring the school office if you have any queries!
A few reminders for your child starting at
- Please ensure that your child is on time for school. We open our doors at 9:10am and registration is at 9:25am (children arriving after this time will receive a late mark).
- Please ensure you are on time to pick your child up from school, the Reception home time is 3:10pm, you will be greeted at the front gate by a senior member of staff and brought round to the Reception gate to collect your child.
- Ensure all uniform is labelled with your child’s full name (including shoes and coats).
- Your child will be provided with a healthy snack.
- You can bring in a water bottle in, filled with water no juice please.
- We spend lots of our time outdoors so please feel free to leave wellies and raincoats in school for the colder months – again please clearly label these items.
- No book bags needed at the moment, due to COVID-19 guidance. We will inform you when you can start bringing in book bags.
- Your child will be given a reading book and phonics worksheet every Tuesday, please work through this at home and bring it back to school every Friday.
- Homework will be set via class dojo of a Monday, you will receive your login details in the coming weeks.
Download: Reception Parents Welcome Meeting 2021 [PDF]
Download: Reception Information Booklet 2020-21 [PDF]
Download: Welcome Letter – Mrs Sime [PDF]
Download: Pupil Premium – Covering Letter [PDF]
Download: School Meals – Food Allergy, Intolerances and Special Diets Procedure [PDF]
Download: Positive Behaviour Policy 2020 [PDF]
Download: Prospectus 2020-21 [PDF]
Download: Term Dates 2021-22 [PDF]
Download: School Uniform & Presentation Policy [PDF]
Prime Area – Physical Development
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Prime Area – Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
Prime Area – Communication and Language
Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
Specific Area – Literacy
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Specific Area – Mathematics
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Specific Area – Understanding the World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
Specific Area – Expressive Arts and Design
Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.