Starting School in September 2022

This page provides information for the parents of children starting school in September 2022. Welcome to Hutton! We look forward to meeting you and your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Gooch, the Reception teacher, via email:

Key dates for starting school

We understand that starting primary school is a huge step for your child and you and we aim to make this process as smooth as possible. Please see the document below for dates for visits to school in the summer term, home visits in September and the settling-in period in September.

Welcome meeting for parents – Wednesday 8th June 6pm in the school hall

Please come along to this meeting (for parents) to find out more about starting school.

Admission details

You will be emailed a link to an online admission form at the beginning of May. Please complete and submit the form by 14th June.  

The Reception Classroom and Outdoor Area

We have a large classroom and outdoor area and high quality resources for the children to access independently.

The School Day in Reception

8.45-8.55School gates open – please bring your child to green gate where they will be met by a member of staff. (8.55 – Gates are closed)
8.55-11.45Morning session – a variety of adult-led and self-chosen activities, in small groups, individually and as whole class
11.45 -12.45Lunch in school hall followed by play
12.45-3.05Afternoon session – as for morning session
3.20Collect your child from the classroom door

Uniform & what your child should bring to school

Please see the uniform page for details of the school uniform and our suppliers. As well as their PE bag and PE kit, your child should bring to school a rucksack large enough for an A4 book and a complete spare change of clothes, including underwear and socks. Everything should be named – you can buy sew-in or stick on labels. Your child does not need to bring stationery or a water bottle to school.

Lunchtime & Snacktime

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have a cooked meal at school free of charge.  The lunches are nutritionally balanced, cooked on site and very tasty.  There are at least two options each day and special dietary requirements will be met. Each child has a labelled cup to use in the classroom and a snack of fruit and milk or water is provided daily.

Tapestry Learning Journal

Your child’s learning journey in Reception will be recorded in an online system called Tapestry which can be accessed by staff and parents on a computer, mobile device or via an app.  You will be able to view and comment on your child’s learning journal, and comment on it. You can also add your own WOW moments and photos quickly and easily. You will receive your Tapestry login in July. Please complete the ‘All About Me’ section to give us some more information about your child.

Getting Ready for School

Key skills which can be encouraged at home are:

  • using the toilet and washing hands independently
  • getting dressed and undressed
  • putting things in their school bag and doing up the zip
  • filling up a water bottle from the tap.
  • pouring a drink into a cup.
  • using a knife and fork

Other really helpful things include:

  • becoming familiar with numbers and letters
  • singing nursery rhymes
  • encouraging mark making to develop pencil control
  • sharing your writing with them (e.g. cards, shopping lists) to let them see why writing is useful.

Read to your child as often as you can and talk to them about the book you are reading.

If your child is interested, help them to learn to write their name – using a capital letter for the first letter only and the rest in lower case.

Finally, always talk with your child about what you are doing or as you play alongside them. 

Pupil Premium Funding

Each year the school receives extra funding from the government to provide additional support and education experiences to children who come from lower income homes and who are entitled to free school meals. This funding is called Pupil Premium.  Please follow this link to apply: