Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Creating a community with open hearts and open minds

Welcome to Dunholme St Chad's

Meet The Reception Team

Mrs Tomb, Miss Bell and Mrs Ashall

Mrs Tomb teaches in Reception Class Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. Miss Bell teaches in Reception Class Thursday afternoon and Friday. Mrs Ashall is our wonderful Teaching Assistant and she is in Reception Class every day! 


Take a look at our Welcome Video 

Welcome to Dunholme St Chad's 2021 


Starting School in September 2021

When can I visit my new school?

This year we have amended our transition arrangements in line with Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. We have scheduled two 1 hour 'stay and play' sessions in Term 1.

Monday 6th September: Your parents can bring you into school at the main entrance on Monday and your teachers will be there to welcome you into school. We will then go into the hall to play with lots of different toys and activities! Your parents are welcome to come into school and go to have a look around your new classroom and outdoor area. Mrs Ruff our Headteacher will be there to welcome you into the school and answer any questions you may have. We will give you your new bookbag and water bottle at this session. 

Tuesday 7th September: Your parents can bring you to the Key Stage 1 playground and your teachers will be there to greet you. We will show you where we line up and enter the Reception Classroom. For this session, we will explore your new classroom and learning environment. 


What should I bring to school on my first day (Monday 6th September)? And what should I wear?

Please come to your first session in school dressed in your school uniform. You do not need to bring anything with you. 


Will I need lunch?

On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September you will be in school for half day sessions. You will not need lunch.

On Monday 13th-Friday 17th September you will be in school for half day sessions. You will not need lunch. 

Monday 20th September is the first day you will eat lunch in school. You can order a hot dinner or a 'cold box' to eat at school, or you can bring a pack up from home. More information on ordering hot school meals will be available before Term 1. 


Will I need a snack when I am in school all day? 

We will provide a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable each day for you to enjoy. If you would prefer you are welcome to bring in a piece of fruit or vegetable from home. If you bring in a tub please make sure it is clearly labelled with your name. We also offer a carton of milk each day at snack time. This is free until you are 5 and then there is a small charge. If you are lactose intolerant you are welcome to bring in a dairy free alternative. 


What should I bring to school every day? 

Please make sure you bring your bookbag and water bottle (filled with fresh water only) to school with you every day. You also need to bring a labelled waterproof jacket every day even if is sunny in the morning, we get lots of rain here! If it is sunny, bring a labelled sun hat with you and ask an adult to help you apply sun cream before you come to school. 


What does my uniform look like? 

Please find information here: Uniform

 Orders can be done directly through Uniform direct

Please make sure ALL uniform is clearly labelled. We often have lots of items of clothing and shoes that are identical.


Do I need wellies?

 Yes. Please bring in a named pair of wellies to keep in school. We do lots of learning outdoors so we need access to wellies every day! We will provide you with a set of waterproof clothing to wear if it is really wet.


Will I need a P.E. kit?

Yes. We are currently reviewing our arrangements for P.E. changing. More info to follow.


What can I do to get ready for school in September? 

Practice recognising your name 

Practice holding a pencil

Practice using a knife and fork and trying new foods

Practice getting dressed, fastening buttons and zipping up your coat

Practice using the toilet and washing your hands all by yourself

Practice counting and recognising numbers


What will my child do in Reception?

There are many different names for your child's first year of school:

  • Early Years
  • Reception
  • Foundation Stage

What is the Early Years Foundation Stage?

  • It covers children from birth to 5 years
  • During this phase children learn through playing and exploring, being active and creative and through critical thinking.
  • It involve both indoor and outdoor learning experiences
  • It follow the children’s interests and individual needs. 


The Foundation Stage Framework is made up of 7 Areas of Development:

Prime Areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development

Specific Areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understand the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


How can I be involved in my child's learning journey?

We will be using Tapestry online learning journal to share your child's learning with you. We will provide more information on this in September. 


 We will be providing you with more information about how you can support your child at the end of September when your child has settled into school.