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Sandown School

Reception Class September 2023


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We warmly welcome you all to our Sandown family!  We are delighted that you are considering a place at Sandown for your child from September 2023 and we hope that this will be the start of a happy and positive relationship for all concerned.

You will be invited you all to come in and visit the Year R classrooms, meet the teaching teams, and the children will join us with a few visits over the last weeks of the Summer term in preparation for their start in September.  Behind the scenes in Term 6, our teaching teams will meet with the various nursery settings and visit you at home, gaining a picture of our new recruits all in readiness for their new school life with us.  

The Application for Primary Intake for September 2023 opens on Friday, 4th  November 2022 and closes on Monday, 16th January 2023.  This is for children born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019.  You apply online, at www.kent.gov.uk/education.

Please contact the Office (01304 374951) to arrange a tour of the school and Reception areas with Ms Luxford.  This will give you a 'feel' of what we can offer.   Dates on offer run from 1st November - 14th December.

At an evening meeting held in June 2023 (date to be advised), Ms Luxford, Mrs Goggin, Mr Cooke and Mrs Palmer (YrR Class Teachers) will give you more detailed information about the Reception Year and how we support individual pupil’s learning in school.  We will have samples of the school uniform, Whole School Meals are offering menu tasting, you will meet the School Nurses, our Breakfast and After School Club Leaders, our Family Liaison Officer together with our SENCO, Mrs Horrocks.  A busy evening which we hope you find it interesting.

For the moment, we have put together some resources and information to help get the children ready for next September.  Our teaching team for our Reception classes are Class RC ~ Mr Cooke (Class Teacher) and Miss Hibbert (Class Teaching Assistant); Class RP ~ Mrs Palmer (Class Teacher) and Mrs Kelly (Class Teaching Assistant).   


These photos show the areas of the school that the children will be most familiar with, day-to-day.  Please share these with your child so that they are comfortable with knowing exactly what to expect when they are able to come in. 

You will see from the website photographs how the school uniform looks, and you can find out more details on this, on our school uniform page. https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Uniform-PE-Kit-list/.  Uniform is purchased via our online provider, https://price-buckland.co.uk.   

Whole School Meals are our school lunch provider.  For all children up until the end of Yr2, they are entitled to Universal Free School Meals.  From Yr3, the meals cost £2.35 per day / £11.75 per week, are available and you can choose on a daily basis if your child would like a school lunch or a home provided packed lunch.  More information is available from Whole School Meals' website: www.wholeschoolmeals.co.uk and our school lunch information page: https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Parents/School-Meals/ 


For our extended care services, Mrs Lynn Hibbert is our Breakfast Club Leader, and Mrs Lyn Holmes our After School Club Leader.  Please see more information regarding these on our information pages: https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Breakfast-Club/  and  https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Parents/Kidzone-after-school-club/


Getting children ready for school is very different for each of the children and families that will be joining us.  Have a look at our Year pages https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Pupils/Reception/, the Home Learning Journey https://www.sandown.kent.sch.uk/Parents/A-Home-Learning-Journey/to give you some ideas on what and who we are!  We use a restorative justice policy for behaviour and this is reflected in every part of life at Sandown.  Please find enclosed a summary that will give you an outline of how we support the children.  Click here for the Behaviour Policy.


We have a Challenge!  Look What I can Do! will help the children get used to dressing and undressing themselves - think PE lessons, getting ready for a damp playtime or when the sun comes out, we don't need a jumper on etc.  Click here for a chart to download.  Have a look at Getting Ready for some ideas of what to try if you haven't already made a start. 

Have a look at this pictorial route to see how far your child has come!

Here's a great BBC game/video to help show the children the sort of activities they will have in school: 



 The Sandown Reception's Learning framework for September