EYFS Key Information
Welcome to the Appleton Roebuck Primary School Reception Class homepage. Here you will find relevant information and links to key documents that help us to operate.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage teacher is Mrs Victoria Watts.
Early Years Arrival and Departure
Our Early Years opens on a morning at the same time as all other classes in school. The main school gates will open at 0830 and staff will be on hand to direct children to classes. We ask that you say your farewells at the main school gate and allow your child to develop their independence by walking onto the playground to meet their class teacher.
The school gates close at 0845 and arrivals at this point need to present at the main school entrance. Children are considered as late when the gates close.
At the end of the school day, the gates open at 1505. Parents/carers are welcome to make their way to the playground, through the gates and wait for their children outside the Early Years building. The end of the school day for Early Years children is 1510. At this point, they will be handed over to waiting parent/carers.
School Meals Information
From September 2014 all children in Reception, as well as Year 1 and Year 2, have been able to receive a free school meal.
School meals are healthy, tasty, social and fun and are prepared to a very high standard on site, with a freshly prepared two course meal offered every day along with sandwiches and jacket potatoes. All food served in school will be nutritionally balanced, based on the government’s nutritional guidelines, to ensure that children can work better in the afternoons.
Children who have a dietary requirement may also be catered for including religious, cultural or allergy and / or intolerance diets. Please contact us if your child requires a special diet.
Dinner menus are changed each term and your child may select the days on which they choose to have a school meal. You can choose your child's school meal with them using the menu provided at the link below. This can then be entered using the ParentPay website.
Your child can bring a packed lunch, but we would encourage them to try a school meal. If your child is having a packed lunch could you please encourage them to practise opening their lunchbox and any containers or packets inside. Please do not send glass containers, fizzy pop or sweets. As we have children in school with nut allergies please do not send nut products in your child’s packed lunch. Packed lunch containers are stored in cloakrooms.
To comply with the General Data Protection Act 2018, and as part of our commitment to becoming paperless, parents/carers should complete a home/school agreement and consent form which includes permissions for your child to attend local visits, publication of photographs and technology use. This should be completed as soon as possible by going to https://bit.ly/ARPermissions21-22.
One of our aims in Reception Year is to encourage the children to become as independent as possible. It would be a great help if the children could wear clothes and shoes they can manage themselves.
Our school colours are red and black.
- Red sweatshirt / jumper / cardigan
- White blouse / shirt / polo shirt
- Black skirt / pinafore / trousers / shorts
- Plain, flat dark shoes (not trainers)
- Plain white / black socks
- Plain white / black / red tights
- Red and white checked dress in summer
A pair of shorts and a white T-shirt will be required for all PE activities. The PE kit should be kept in a named PE bag on your child’s peg.
Items of uniform with the school logo are available to order from school via ParentPay but parents may purchase other uniform from a retailer of their choice.
Please see ParentPay or our website (www.appletonroebuck.net) for a list of uniform available to buy through school, together with prices.
Please help us by making sure all clothing and footwear are clearly named. Labels are available from many suppliers.
In the colder months, children can wear a tracksuit for outdoor PE.
On PE days, we ask that children come to school wearing their PE kit for the day.
Although our playground has some inviting apparatus for the children to play on, we would like to point out that our insurance policy states that it is for the sole use of our children during the school day. Children must not play on the apparatus before and after school as children playing on the apparatus at any other time will not be covered by our policy in case of injury or damage.
If your child does not arrive for school, it is our duty to contact you to find out where they are. We therefore ask you to inform school before 0845 if your child is going to be absent that day. You can contact school on 01904 501906 to report your child’s absence or email firstname.lastname@example.org; please leave your child’s name and the details of reason for absence. If you do not contact us the absence will be marked as unauthorised.
For guidance if your child is ill please see the link below
If your child becomes unwell whilst at school we will contact you on the telephone number you have provided; it is really important that you keep us up to date with your contact details – much of our school to home communication is by text message.
If you wish to take your child out of school for any reason, please ask for a leave of absence request form to be emailed to you. Authorisation is only given in exceptional circumstances.
For information regarding term dates please go to https://appleton.schooljotter2.com/school-information/term-dates
ParentPay - A Cashless School
Our school is working towards becoming both cashless and paperless, so all parents are asked to only use our online method to pay for trips, uniform, snacks etc and dinner money.
As we send most of our correspondence, such as newsletters and information for parents, through ParentPay it is important that you register. You should already have received an activation letter but please contact the office if you need any help. For more details go to www.parentpay.com.
We also use Class Dojo for home / school communication and it is where you will get to see what is happening in school throughout the term. You will receive a sign up code in the first week of school. Class Dojo shouldn’t be used for information about absences, appointments, changes to who is collecting your child etc, as the teachers may not see this during the school day or if they are not in class that day.
We will be learning outside EVERY DAY whether rain or shine, so suitable outdoor coats and shoes are necessary EVERY DAY. Please make sure children have sun hats or winter hats and gloves as appropriate.
A named school bag is important as your child will often have letters, pictures and reading books to bring home. Please purchase our Book Bags via ParentPay.
IT IS ESSENTIAL ALL ITEMS OF CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ARE CLEARLY NAMED!
The wearing of jewellery is not allowed. Pierced stud earrings have to be covered with protective tape for all PE activities.
Helping Out in School
Parents are welcomed into school to help with a wide variety of activities. In addition, parental support is extremely valuable on educational visits from time to time. All parent helpers are required by law to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Details of how to apply for a DBS check are available from the school office.
Should you be interested in helping out in school, please register this interest here.