Reception New Starter Information September 2021
Please find below information for all children starting Mount Street Primary School in our Reception Class in September 2021. Please be aware that dates and times may change depending on the Government guidelines with regards to Covid 19. We will keep this page updated with any changes that may need to be made. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you all soon.
Mount Street Primary School
Information pack for School Starters
Welcome to Mount Street Primary and Nursery School.
Please find enclosed, details about your child’s new journey at Mount Street Primary School. Starting school is a big step in any child’s development and we would like to support you the best we can in this new chapter of your child’s life. As I am sure you are aware, we are still uncertain about the government’s plan going forward. However we will try to keep you informed of any changes as and when we know them.
In the meantime we would be grateful if you could share the picture video on the school website with your child. (you will find it at the bottom of this page.)
Headteacher – Ms Shillaber
Early Years Lead and Nursery Teacher – Mrs Travers
Reception Teacher – the Reception teacher is currently on Maternity Leave; we will confirm the new teacher with you soon.
You may find several forms and information leaflets enclosed. These are all important and help provide you with information you may need.
Please complete the following forms and return them in the SAE as soon as possible.
S11 Form (children new to the school only)
School Meals form
For any other information such as after school club and term dates please check the school website
Provisional Dates only
Virtual Induction Meeting: Friday 25th June 2021 at 1.30pm.
Play session : Wednesday 14th July 2021 9.00 – 10.30am
(Current nursery children only) Thursday 15th July 2021 1.00 – 2.30pm
Virtual Home Visits: Week Beginning Monday 6th September 2021
All children will start school on a part time basis. This allows staff to get to know each child personally and for children to ease gently into school life. Below are the planned start dates and times for your child:
Monday 6th September – Home Visits (you will be allocated a time and date at the parent meeting; if home visits are unable to go ahead we will invite you and your child into school for a meeting with your child’s teacher)
Monday 13th September – Mornings only – 8.45am – 11.30am
Monday 20th September - Mornings and lunch – 8.45am – 12.30pm
Monday 27th September – All day – 8.45am – 3.10pm
(All timings are subject to change and will be confirmed at your home visit/parent meeting)
The School Day
Reception class children come into school, via the Early Years gate located at the front of the school, onto the Early Years playground. There will always be a member of staff, on the gate to greet you and your child in the morning. We encourage you to say goodbye to your child at the gate and allow the teacher to help settle them into the classroom.
8.45am – School Gates open (Please ensure your child arrives at school, on time every day)
11.30am – 12.20pm – Lunch time (School dinners and packed lunch)
3.10pm – End of school day (The gate will open at 3.05pm, please ensure you collect your child on time)
Your child will need to wear school uniform, this can be seen in the photo below:
Logo jumpers/cardigans and book bags are available from
The Uniform Shop, Mayflower Street
Girls: Black skirt/pinafore or trousers, blue school shirt, navy blue cardigan or jumper and black school shoes. A blue and white school check dress may be worn in the summer term.
Boys: Black trousers, blue school shirt, navy blue jumper and black school shoes. Black shorts may be worn in the summer term.
Sensible school coat preferably with a hood.
We also ask that you provide your child with a pair of welly boots so that they can take part in Forest School activities. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of Welly Boots in school. These need to be in a named bag and will stay in school at all times.
Please remember to label all of your child’s clothing so that they can be located easily if they get misplaced.
Your child will not need a PE kit at this time.
We do not have a lot of room in the cloakroom area so your child will not need a big bag for school. A book bag and a lunch bag (if required) will be sufficient.
Children must attend school every day during term time. Holidays can not be authorised however if your child is ill or unable to attend school please call the school number 01752 205091 and let us know before the start of the school day.
We like to share, with you, what your child is doing in school. We have an online Learning Journal called Tapestry. This allows us to upload observations of your child at school for you to see at home and vice versa. We will send out any information you need for this once your child has started school.
There are lots of things you can do to get your child ready for school. Some of the things that we think are important include:
- Let your child play
Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.
- Encouraging your child to be independent.
Can they take themselves to the toilet?
Can they feed themselves using a knife and fork?
Can they put on their own socks, shoes and coat?
- Encourage your child to understand their own body.
Can they kick a ball?
Can they stand on one leg?
Can they hold a pencil?
Can they turn a page in a book?
Can they do up or undo a button on their shirt?
- Encourage your child to socialise.
Can they play in a small groups?
Do they share their toys?
Do they allow others to join in?
Can they listen to a simple instruction?
Can they talk about the things they like or don’t like?
- Encourage your child to communicate
Can your child talk about what they can see?
Do they communicate how they feel?
Does your child ask questions about what they want to know?
Ask your child questions starting with ‘what’ or ‘who’.
These are only a few suggestions. Remember talking about school and what they may experience will help your child to settle quickly. Look at the photos on the website frequently and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ALL SOON!