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Reception transition

We are so excited to welcome you to our community. Over your time with us, we look forward to sharing amazing moments with you and your families and hope to support you on this wonderful journey through your first years in school. 

Welcome packs will be sent out early in June and we will endeavour to seek to make transition into our school as smooth as possible for your children.

This section of the website is regularly updated, so please check back for further information. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any specific enquiries (

Please see the powerpoint attached below for some photographs and information about Wrens Class.

Meet the Wrens Staff Team.

Mrs Lightfoot (Full time Class Teacher)

Mrs Lench (Full time Teaching Assistant)

Daily timetable for Wrens Class.

Please see the attachment below for a timetable of a typical day in Wrens Class.

EYFS Curriculum in Reception.

Attached below is a powerpoint which gives some information about the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and how we teach and assess the children in Reception at Abberley.

At Abberley we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Phonics programme.  This is taught throughout Reception and Year 1.  If you would like to find out more about the scheme please use the link below.

Little Wandle Parents Resources

First Day of School.

Drop off and Collection.

Children should arrive at school from 8.40am for 8.50am registration.  We appreciate that there will be some flexibility over these timings for the first few days.   In the afternoon collection for all pupils is at 3.20pm. Drop off and pick-up for children in Wrens and Skylarks will be on the rear playground. Please use the left gate and enter via the side of Wrens classroom onto the rear playground. 

What to bring on the first day.

Dinosaur Kids Water Bottle | BPA Free Kids Water Bottles ...Please bring a named water bottle and a waterproof coat on the first day.  We try to have outdoor play as much as possible, so it is always useful to have a coat in school.

It is not necessary to send a snack.  The children are provided with free milk (up until their 5th birthday) and a free piece of fruit in Key Stage 1.  Once the children are 5 you have the option to continue paying for them to receive milk.  There is always a selection of fruit available.  We ask that any additional snacks that are sent into school are fruit based.

We do ask that children don't bring toys into school in case they get lost or broken.   However, we do understand that some children may want to bring in a comfort item, particularly during the first few weeks.  We ask that this is small enough to be kept in their tray.  Later in the year we will be introducing Show and Tell sessions, so the children can share their favourite toys and books.

As the term progresses all children will need a book bag in which we can put letters home and keep reading books and other items which travel to and from school. All children starting in Reception will be gifted a book bag by the school.  Please name them and if possible add a key ring as it makes it much easier for your child to identify their bag in a box of 30!

School lunches.

Hot dinners and packed lunches will be available to order from Red Hen Cookery (fully funded for children in Reception) or parents are welcome to send a packed lunch in from home. Children eat in the lunch hall with their classmates. Packed lunches from home should come into school in a lunchbox or bag which can be hung on their peg.

PE and Outdoor Learning.

PE takes place on a Thursday for Reception.  Children will be required to come to school in their PE kit on this day (blue school PE t-shirt, black shorts or joggers, black hoodie and trainers or pumps). This avoids the need for changing and items of clothing being left around school. 

Wrens will also have outdoor learning once a week.  We have waterproof trousers available in school for the children.  However, if you have a spare pair of wellies which can be left in school we would be very grateful!KIDS CHILDRENS FIRST WELLINGTON BOOTS WELLIES SHOES SNOW FARM ...

Please can you ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child's name.

Wrap around Care.

Please find information on our Wrap Around care Abberley Acorns by following the link - Abberley Acorns 

Topic for the autumn term.

Our topic for the autumn term is "Into the Woods".  During this topic we will be finding out all about our local environment and studying some traditional tales related to the woods.  Please see the newsletter attached below for further details and some suggestions of activities you can do over the holidays.   If you have any favourite books on this topic please bring them into school so that we can share them with the rest of the class at story time.   I have also attached a "Wow moments" sheet for you to complete detailing any special experiences or achievements your child has over the summer.

If you have any further questions about the arrangements for September please email the School Office.

We can't wait to see you September!