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Starting School in September

A story from Mrs Drew

Mrs Drew's Story Time2.mp4


Your child’s individual learning journey will be recorded on Tapestry.   Tapestry. Tapestry is an online programme enabling a personal learning journal to build over time. Photographs, videos and notes of special moments are not only recorded, but can be with parents regularly and often immediately to you.

As a parent you will be given a unique login for your child and you will simply need to download the Tapestry app and login to receive new entries in your child’s journal celebrating their achievements and exciting activities.   We invite all of our parents to contribute to this growing journal by commenting on the journal entries, or even adding your own comments to share what your child loves doing at home and their achievements. 

Welcome to Kelsale School

When your child begins school they will be in Class 1.   This is our Reception Class and they will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) stage curriculum.   The EYFS stage was created to ensure your child’s first 5 years are happy, active, exciting, fun and secure, as well as to support their development, care and learning needs.    The EYFS Framework supports professionals working with children from 0 – 5 years old.

In Class 1 your child’s learning journal will be planned and monitored based on the 7 areas of learning in the EYFS Framework.

3 prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

The sequence of learning and activities suited to your child’s unique ways will be planned through playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking, which will take place both indoors and outside.

School Uniform

The school has a policy of restricted colours for school wear: 

  • Skirt/dress or trousers – navy or grey (jeans or jogging bottoms are not permitted)
  • Shirt, polo shirt or blouse – white or pale blue
  • Jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan - navy
  • School fleece – navy with school logo on
  • Socks and tights – white, grey or navy

During the warmer months children may also wear:

  • Blue and white gingham dresses
  • Navy or Grey school shorts


Uniform with our school logo on is available to purchase from the school office

  • School Fleece (£13.50)
  • Sweatshirts (£9.50) 
  • Cardigans (£10.50).
  • P.E. bags, drawstring  (£3.00)

We also have a supply of second hand clothing which is available for a very small charge. 


Phonics is the systematic teaching programme that will begin your child’s literary journey.   During their Reception children most children will begin to identify the sounds in words, write individual letters, some words and even sentences.   They will also begin to put sounds together to read short simple words moving to increasingly more complex words and sentences.   Children will begin to bring home phonic materials and reading books within the first few weeks of school so that they can share their learning journey with you.

All parents will be invited to attend a phonics session which will explain in more detail this systematic approach to teaching a child to read and write as well as providing suggestions for how you can support your child/ren at home.

Sports kit

This kit should always be in school, in a drawstring bag which can be easily stored on your child’s peg.

  • White T-shirt
  • Black shorts
  • Plimsolls for indoor lessons
  • Black track suit bottoms for the colder weather
  • Trainers for outdoor lessons 


Children will also need:

  • A pair of black plimsolls to wear in school.   All of our children change their shoes when they come into school.  This is not only hygienic but also reinforces out ethos of care and respect for our environment.
  • A protective apron for painting should be supplied - an old shirt, adapted, is very suitable.  In summer we ask that the children have a sun hat for playtimes. 


Please mark all uniform clearly with your child’s name.


Mrs Drew and Mrs Bailey will always be there to welcome your child/ren into school in the morning.   Please catch them at this time to share daily information ie Nanny will collect Beth from school this afternoon,  Ryan did not sleep very well last night so he may get tired later in the day.    If you would like to discuss something more in depth please arrange a meeting directly with the class teacher or via our school office.

Formal parents evenings are held twice a year to discuss how your child/ren are progressing and the next steps in their learning journeys.

Reports are written at the end of every term to highlight your child/drens achievements and next steps in their learning journeys.

If you have any more general queries please contact our school office and Mrs Lee or Mrs Skinner will be very happy to help you.

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