Reception Intake September 2020

This page provides information for the parents of children starting school in September 2020. Welcome to Hutton! We look forward to meeting you.

Arrangements for induction period September 2020

Due to the new government guidance on returning to school in September, the start and end times of the Reception day have been slightly altered. The induction timetable remains unchanged. Please see document below for further information.

What you need to do now

Please download, complete and return the forms below by email by 31st May, as well as the Health Care form if necessary. One of the Reception teachers will contact you in May to introduce themselves and discuss your child’s transition to school. Please read the information below. We can answer any questions when we call or contact us via

A Health Care Plan should be completed if your child has medical or health needs.

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, despite the current restrictions and uncertainty due to Covid 19. We recognise that your child may not have attended a pre-school, nursery or childminder for some time.  Please don’t worry about this; we will start their learning journey from wherever they are. 

As the school is currently open only for the children of key workers, we are unable to offer our normal programme of visits and meetings for you and your child to meet the staff and get to know the classroom in June and July. As soon as we know when this is possible, and can confirm dates for starting school, we will update this page and also let you know. We normally have a part-time induction period for the first three weeks in September.

The Reception team

The teacher in Reception is Mrs Gooch. The teaching assistants are Mrs Warner and Mrs Carpenter.

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 the Reception classroom via the playground. (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 outdoor play
12.45-3.20Afternoon session – as for morning session
3.20Collect your child from the Reception classroom

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. 

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.

School events

There are many events that take place each year in school. Please see the attached document for more details.