(L-R) Miss Bachmann (Reception teacher and Assistant Head) Mrs Connolly (Reception teacher) Mrs Griffiths (Finance Administrator) Miss Shrimpton (EYFS Practitioner) Mrs Moore (EYFS Practitioner) Miss Read (EYFS Practitioner) Mr Broderick (Headteacher)
We were all very excited to meet our new starters this morning and begin our wonderful learning journey together at St Mary's Farnham Royal. Children were greeted with happy smiles and parents were given some treats as they left their little ones with us for their First Day.
‘BIG school’ IS a BIG step, and we understand any wobbles and will help both you and your child as we start this adventure together! Below is information you may need to help as your child starts in EYFS.
Please make sure uniform is labelled - including shoes and water bottles!
Uniform can be purchased in a number of ways:
By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Face to face purchase from the office
Please be advised, uniform purchases are cash only.
PE - Thursday is PE day!
Children can come to school in their PE kits - and can stay in these for the day. Please make sure earrings are removed or covered and hair is tied back.
PE: Nursery: Starting Thursday 21st September
Reception: Starting Thursday 21st September with Mrs Daywan
Change of clothes, wellies & coats for learning outside
Please bring in a spare change of clothes for your child (this doesn’t need to be uniform). This can stay on their peg in case of accidents or too much splashing in the water tray & mud kitchen!
Your child will need a coat and a pair of wellies so that we can play in all weathers… Learning outside doesn’t stop when it rains and snows!
Hot school lunches are free to all Reception children. The menus for school lunches can be found on our website and via the link below.
Children simply tell their Teacher each morning if they are a 'Hot Lunch'. We know about their dietary requirements from the admissions form. Alternatively, you can send your child to school with a healthy packed lunch.
Nursery Lunches (Full time only)
Nursery children are not entitled to a free school lunch, but full time nursery children can purchase one. Please email email@example.com Alternatively, you can send your child to school with a packed lunch.
We follow the school nursing team advice and encourage 'non eaters' for max 20min, as we do not want to cause distress. We will monitor and report back to parents any concerns.
Daily Fruit Snack
As part of the national scheme, children are entitled to a free piece of fruit or veg each day. The school has no control over what is offered each day, so if your child likes only specific fruit or veg, you are welcome to send a piece to school each day
Examples of fruit snacks:
Daily milk in school
All children under the age of 5yrs are entitled to free school milk. This is provided by the national 'Cool Milk' scheme. Whilst the milk is delivered to school, it is not the school who ordered the milk. Parents must opt in to this scheme by registering.
Please see the PDF below to order free milk
Times of the Day
8:30am - Gates open (children arrive)
8:45am - Lessons start (gates close)
11:30 - Morning Nursery go home
12:30 -1:30 - Lunch time
3:10 - Collection
During the day, Nursery & Reception children will participate in a a number of lessons including, phonics, reading, maths, topic. These will be both adult led and child lead/chosen
Parents should make sure the office have an up to date list of who has permission to collect their child. This is initially taken from your admissions form
Families can sometimes be complicated. If there is anything we should know, please speak to a member of staff or email the office. We will handle all matters with discretion.
The Importance of Reading
Sadly, less than half of reception parents read to their children at bedtime. It is so important to read to or with your child every night up to the age of 11. Benefits of this include:
At SMFR we would love it if parents could read to all of their children at bedtime.
Please don’t use your child’s reading book for bedtime as the breadth of vocabulary is very narrow and doesn’t elicit as much of an imagination as a picture book!
Our EYFS Lending Library is available at the start and end of each day for families to borrow books.
Questions & Communication
Much of our communication is now electronic.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org This will enable a dialogue between you and the school to enable us to make your child's transition to our EYFS department as smooth and seamless as possible.
Once your child has started in September:
Keeping Children Safe on Church Road - Parking
Our children, their families and the residents of Church Road are entitled to come to and from school safely;
We are a school community: 'Do to others as you would have them do to you'
Parking on yellow lines & zig zags, restricts vision for children crossing & blocks the road, hindering the flow of traffic.
For further information please read our Parking Flyer
School Nursing Team
We have strong links with our school nursing team and they will come in a few times a year to check your child's:
You will receive a form to 'opt in or out' of this service.
Pastoral Support at St Mary's Farnham Royal
At St Mary’s Farnham Royal we would like everybody who is part of our school community to feel they are doing and being the best they can be, giving their all and striving for personal success in all things. This is the same for not only all pupils but also for the staff that work in school and for adults that form families at home. But for us all to be able to do and be the best that we can, we need to feel the best that we can and there are times when we all need some help and support to feel our best. This is where the Pastoral Support Team aim to help.
So who are the Pastoral Support Team?
Well actually every adult working at school helps to make up part of the Pastoral Support Team at SMFR. We all work together to ensure all pupils, parents and staff working in school feel safe, cared for, have someone to talk to and can share worries or issues they may have. This could be about themselves or somebody they care about.
Mr Farmer is the Pastoral Support Leader (PSL) and he is there to support YOU or your FAMILY in any way he or the school can.
If there is something you feel you may want some support with then please don't hesitate to contact Mr Farmer.
Email - email@example.com Tel – 01753 644471
Top Tips for Talking
"Reading and writing float on a sea of talk." - James Britton
Please do ensure there are good quality talk sessions with your child on a daily basis. Below are some ideas on how to enrich your child's 'chatter' experiences.
Useful Websites for your EYFS Child
Always review the sites ahead of time so that you are able to help your children find the best resources available within the sites. Some offer a great number of games, songs, stories, videos etc. so it is important to know the site well in order to support and develop your child’s learning.