Reception Intake September 2021

This page provides information for the parents of children starting school in September 2021. 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:

Arrangements 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. 

Due to current restrictions for Covid 19, we are not yet certain whether you and your child will be able to visit school and the Reception class in July. As soon as we know if this is possible, we will update this page and also let you know.

Individual Visits to School

We offer an individual visit to school for each child and one of their parents and carers to meet the teacher and visit the classroom, before starting school. These will take place on Friday 3rd September, Monday 6th September or Tuesday 7th September. Please phone the school office before the end of term to book an appointment. These visits will be for a maximum of 25 minutes. Please bring your child’s full birth certificate to the appointment – it will be copied and returned to you.

Induction Period

During September 2021 there will be an induction period of half-day sessions to allow your child to settle into school. For the induction period only, your child will be assigned to either Group A or Group B. You will receive an email to let you know your child’s group.

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
3.15Collect your child from the green gates

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 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 water bottle 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, don’t underestimate the value of talking 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 download this letter for further details.