Welcome to the Early Years

We look forward to getting to know your child and your family, and to a successful year together. For safety reasons and to help your child settle into their new class and the new environment, we ask that you please support and cooperate with the following.

Curriculum Development

When the children begin school, they will be learning about ‘settling in’ and covering all areas of the curriculum. They will learn to be more independent, and build more confidence and self-esteem. They will be making more friends and establishing some routines and rules within the school environment.

Please encourage your child to hang their own coats up as this helps them to recognise their name. Within the Early Years we ask parents to say goodbye to their children outside their classroom and let them come in on their own to organise themselves.

As part of the topic studies we will be looking at the differences between us when we were a baby and now. If possible, please bring in a photo of your child as a baby so we can talk about them. The photograph will go into their profiles.

We also use the interactive board for educational purposes, for example literacy, maths and various topics.

Information about Procedures and Safety Registration/Absences

It is very important for your child to attend school on time. The classroom doors are open at 8.45am and the children must be inside the classroom for 8.50am. After the gates are closed, the children still arriving will be marked as late. Leopold Primary School take attendance and punctuality very seriously as lateness disrupts your child and the rest of the class and they miss valuable learning time at the beginning of the day.

If there is another person collecting your child please inform the class teacher or ring the office to let the school know who will be collecting your child. A password must be given to them as we will not send your child home without it. The adult collecting your child must over 18 years of age.

Please inform teachers and office staff of any change of contact telephone numbers and change of address.

You must organise family holidays during school holidays. A list of term dates will be given to you in September.

Clothing

Please ensure your child’s clothing and belongings are named. This includes scarves, socks, hats, coats etc. This helps identify lost property easily, especially when children are getting dressed for PE. If the weather is cold please provide warm accessories eg. gloves/hat for your child to wear outside.

Physical Education

Your child will have two Physical Education lessons a week in Reception, one which will be with Mr Dan (PE coach).

Your child must bring PE kits and appropriate shoes for the lesson. The PE kit consists of white top, black shorts, black plimsolls and a black PE bag. When the weather is cold they can wear purple tracksuit bottoms and top. These can be purchased from the office.

Snack-time

Snacks consisting of milk and fruit are provided every day for the children. You need to fill out a milk form which will be provided by your child’s teacher.

Lunchtimes

If your child has a packed lunch please send it along in a named lunch bag. It is school policy for no chocolate, crisps, sweets, fizzy drinks or glass bottles to be allowed in your child’s lunch. Remember to include a spoon for yoghurt. In nursery if your child is entitled to free school meals you need to inform Ms Marina (office staff) with a supporting letter from Brent. Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive any income support. For further information please go to www.direct.gov.uk.

In reception, you still need to apply for free school meals. In the middle of term if you decide to change your child to pack lunch please inform Ms Marina in writing.

Jewellery

For health and safety reasons children are not allowed to wear jewellery except for small stud earrings. The children are not allowed to wear nail varnish to school.

Birthdays

On your child’s birthday or the closest school day they are allowed to wear their own clothes. They must pay £1 and this is put towards the treats for children’s show and pantomimes. No big cakes, sweets or party bags are allowed – you may bring biscuits or fruits to share with the children.

Medical

If your child has any medical or dietary needs please inform the class teacher in writing. If your child needs special medicine please put this in writing and fill out the appropriate forms. We are not able to give any antibiotics.

Homework

Your child will receive homework on Wednesday – this must be returned the following Monday morning. This will usually consist of two worksheets to complete and one book to share at home. A Reading record book will also be sent home and you are able to make a comment about your child’s reading for the week. Your child will have a purple book bag to keep their reading book and homework in; these can be purchased from the office. Please take time to sit with your child to encourage their development and interests in letters and sounds, writing, maths and social skills. Please use pencil to write and colouring pencils to colour.

Behaviour and Playground Safety

We are trying to develop children’s self-esteem and confidence in their ability to make choices in their play and to play safely and appropriately with other children. Things such as sharing, taking turns, being a nice friend, making good choices and waiting until peers have finished playing with a toy before they have their turn are all some important aspects. We want all children to feel safe and happy in their play and to be able to follow instructions from an adult.

Contribution

If you would like to come in to do an activity or read with the children, talk to your child’s teacher. We will require a DBS check before you help. We encourage parents to come in and read stories, cook with small groups, do some art and crafts activities etc.

Lessons

Your child will have a thirty minute French and Spanish lesson, two physical Education Lessons and an hour of ICT every week.

Meetings

If you need to discuss your child’s progress or talk to their teacher please make an appointment to see them.

Scooter Cupboard

Please ensure the scooters are kept tidily in the scooter cupboard. If you are unable to fit it in then the scooter must be taken home as it is at your risk to leave it. This area will be locked at 9.00am until 3.25pm. This space is only for Reception and Nursery children.

We look forward to a successful, positive and a fun year.

Staff List

Leopold Hawkshead

Ms Mirella – Reception Teacher
Ms Lewis – Reception Teacher
Ms Gill – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Leila – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Susanne – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Nancy – Teaching Assistant in Reception

Leopold Gwenneth Rickus

Ms Bhudia – Reception Teacher
Ms Ade – Reception Teacher
Ms Joyce – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Lamia – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Shahad – Teaching Assistant in Reception
Ms Raj – Gwenneth Rickus Early Years Coordinator

Topics

Autumn 1

Do you want to be friends?

What’s that sound?

Autumn 2

Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Festivals and celebrations

 

Spring 1

Are we there yet?

Can I switch it on?

Spring 2

Will you read me a story?

Why are carrots orange?

Summer 1

Why do ladybirds have spots?

Why don’t snakes have legs?

Summer 2

What is a reflection?

Who lives in a rockpool?

 

Reception Timetables

Reception – Gwenneth Rickus

  • Monday
  • 8.30-9.00

    Interventions and registration

    9.00-9.30
    English

    9.30-10.30
    Free Flow

  • 10.00-10.15
    Break

    10.15-10.30
    Snack

    10.30-10.45
    Collective Worship

    10.45-11.15
    Free Flow

  • 11.15-11.45
    Maths/Free Flow
  • 11.45-1.00
    Lunch
  • 1.00-1.15
    Maths Meeting

    1.15-2.15
    Free Flow

    2.15-2.30
    Topic

    2.30-3.15
    Free Flow

    3.15-3.30
    Story and Song Time

  • Tuesday
  • 8.30-9.00

    Interventions and registration

    9.00-9.30
    English

    9.30-10.30
    PE

  • 10.30-10.45
    Snack

    10.45-11.00
    Collective Worship

  • 11.00-11.45
    Maths/Free Flow
  • 11.45-1.00
    Lunch
  • 1.00-1.15
    Maths Meeting

    1.15-2.15
    Free Flow

    2.15-2.30
    Topic

    2.30-3.15
    Free Flow

    3.15-3.30
    Story and Song Time

  • Wednesday
  • 8.30-9.00

    Interventions and registration

    9.00-10.00
    English/Free Flow

  • 10.00-10.15 Break

    10.15-10.30 Snack

    10.30-10.45 Collective Worship

    10.45-11.15 Free Flow

  • 11.00-11.45
    Maths/Free Flow
  • 11.45-1.00
    Lunch
  • 1.00-1.15
    Maths Meeting

    1.15-2.15
    Free Flow

    2.15-2.30
    Topic

    2.30-3.15
    Free Flow

    3.15-3.30
    Story and Song Time

  • Thursday
  • 8.30-9.00

    Interventions and registration

    9.00-9.45
    English/Free Flow

  • 9.45-10.00 Break

    10.00-10.15 Snack

    10.15-10.30 Collective Worship

    10.30-11.15
    ICT

  • 11.15-11.45
    Maths/Free Flow
  • 11.45-1.00
    Lunch
  • 1.00-1.15
    Maths Meeting

    1.15-2.15
    Free Flow

    2.15-2.30
    Topic

    2.30-3.15
    Free Flow

    3.15-3.30
    Story and Song Time

  • Friday
  • 8.30-9.00

    Interventions and registration

    9.00-9.30
    English

    9.30-10.30
    PE

  • 10.30-10.45 Snack

    10.45-11.00 Collective Worship

  • 11.00-11.45
    Maths/Free Flow
  • 11.45-1.00
    Lunch
  • 1.00-1.30
    Music

    1.30-1.45
    Maths Meeting

    1.45-2.00
    Topic

    2.00-2.45
    Spanish

    2.45-3.30
    Assembly