"Welcome to the Langrish family!"
We are so pleased you chose us to share your child's learning journey with for the next seven years!
Here is where you will find the information you need to get started, so please keep checking this page on a weekly basis.
Attached below are '10 things you should do before school starts'. These are everyday things which will support your child's learning, awareness and development. These are fundamental skills which should be happening before any curriculum learning can take place, such as giving them experiences, being outdoors and questioning absolutely everything! Try starting sentences with 'I wonder if...?' or 'What do you think...?' and then allow them to think for themselves and be independent!
A tour of your school...
Common Questions and Answers:
We want to make your child’s transition as easy as possible so here are some common questions asked from previous years.
Q: What skills does my child need before starting school?
A: Please refer to the ‘top 10 skills’ attached to this page. We do not expect them to be reading or writing – that is the last thing we are thinking about during September! It is all about your child learning a new routine, making friends, being independent, feeling happy and safe in school and being in a new environment.
Q: Where do I take my child on their first day?
A: This answer may change due to Covid19 restrictions. On their first day of school, Mrs Browne will meet you all at the main gate to help gather the class and walk down together. If parents can stay by the gate to say goodbye, this will make transition much easier for everyone.
Q: Where do I pick up my child from school?
A: The gates will open at 3:00pm. You will need to walk to the playground and wait outside the Year R classroom and then your child will be released by Mrs Browne at 3:10pm.
Q: Where do they go at playtime?
A: We are extremely lucky at Langrish because the Year R children have their own playground just outside the classroom. This playground is their safe haven! If they want to, they can stay on the Year R playground or go onto the main playground to be with the rest of the school. In the summertime, the children are able to make use of the field.
Q: What equipment does my child need for school?
A: No need for a pencil case; we have everything they need at school. You will receive a Langrish water bottle, which will need to be in school every day. Once routines are in place, your child will be bringing home a reading wallet everyday, which includes a reading record, reading books, library book and, on occasions, letters from the school office so please check this every night so you don’t miss out on any information. Please note: reading books will be changed weekly to start, then daily once children begin their phonic lessons.
Q: Does my child need a school bag?
A: Yes, there are brilliant Langrish school bags, which we do recommend you buy. They are the perfect size for their reading wallets, a water bottle holder, lunch box (if they need it) and we ask for spare pants, socks and school trousers (just in case). Please ensure everything is named and the school bag is clearly labelled on the back.
Q: Does my child need a PE kit?
A: Yes, please refer to the school website uniform page for what they need:
We do P.E twice a week but ask all P.E kits to stay in school and be sent home each half term.
Q: What about a forest school kit?
A: We are extremely lucky in Year R as Mrs Browne is a forest school leader and will head out into our woodland area (within school grounds) each week to explore the natural work and teach life skills and tool work with the class.
Forest school kit includes:
- Wellington boots
- Waterproof trousers and top
- Weather dependent – warmer clothes such as hat, scarf, warm jumper, thick socks (no need for gloves as it stops children using their hands and exploring)
Please have these items in a separate bag to the children’s P.E kit bag. This will stay in school and be sent home every half term.
Q: What uniform does my child need?
A: Please refer to the school uniform webpage.
Q: What if my child has trouble settling into school?
A: Many children can struggle to settle into a school but remember Mrs Browne has a wealth of experience when it comes to transition and settling children in well. Working together as a team, communicating with each other and trusting in Mrs Browne’s advice will ensure your child has a safe and smooth transition into school.
Q: How do I tell the teacher who will be collecting my child from school?
A: Email the school office with who it will be collecting each day it is someone different. If it is going to be an ongoing pick up then please inform the office with this information.
Q: What happens at lunchtimes?
All Reception children are entitled to a free school lunch. When your child enters the classroom each morning they have a choice of three options for lunch – two of them being a meat or vegetarian meal. They will pick what they want each day, with Mrs Browne to start with then independently once secure in the routine. If your child has an allergy, the office must be informed when filling out the paperwork so either a menu can be designed or you could provide a lunchbox.
Q: Do I need to provide a snack?
A: No, daily snack is provided - a piece of fruit and milk (milk is provided until your child’s 5th birthday, unless payment is continued).
Q: What if my child still has ‘accidents’?
A: Not to worry too much, labelled spare uniform in your child’s bag will be a great help. We will work together to ensure we prevent this from happening frequently.
Q: How can I support my child’s learning at home?
A: Read, read and read some more with your child. ‘Homework’ is rarely set in Reception, as they are exhausted from a busy day at school. However, reading with your child daily and reading a bedtime story to them each night will encourage their reading skills and experiences to support their communication and language.