Reception Class - September 2021
Hello Parents/Carers and Children!
Now your child is starting their school journey we would like to give you a little information about life in the Reception Class. The class teacher is Mrs. Crosbie and I am supported by Mrs. Rowan and Mrs Sudall. We are looking forward to teaching your child and working in partnership with you to support your child’s learning.
Throughout the year we will plan activities based on themes. Some of last year’s themes for example were; Pirates, Knights and Castles and Vets and Pets. In addition to this we will plan activities based upon the children’s interests to optimise their learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Your child will have lots of opportunity for physical play in our outdoor area. We also have timetabled PE sessions and Receptions PE day will be Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic, children in Reception and KS1 have come to school wearing their PE kits. This has proved highly successful as more time is now spent taking part in PE activities.
Please remember to label your child’s school uniform, shoes, water bottles and PE kit. I am sure you can appreciate the problems we face when the children take off their jumpers/cardigans at the same time!
Milk and Fruit Time
We are fortunate to belong to the National Fruit Scheme which provides free fruit and vegetables for our infant children. The children enjoy this snack and a drink of milk in the morning. If your child does not like the fruit provided by school they are encouraged to bring in their own fruit from home. If you have not signed up for your child to have milk you can do so here. Milk is free until they turn 5. When they turn 5 milk is chargeable. The cost is approximately £7 per half term. If you are eligible for Pupil Premium/FSM school will pay for your child’s milk.
We do have a number of children in school with severe nut allergies. People who suffer from nut allergies can develop a severe, potentially life-threatening reaction. If someone has a nut allergy it is not just eating nuts that can cause a severe reaction, just being touched on the skin or smelling the breath of someone who has had nuts or a product containing nuts can trigger anaphylactic shock (which can cause breathing and swallowing difficulties). Therefore, we cannot have nuts in school in any form – we are a nut free school. Please could we ask all parents/carers to check that there are no nuts or food with traces of nuts in school lunch boxes.
- Peanut butter sandwiches
- Granola bars
- Cereal bars
- Cakes and biscuits containing nuts
This list is not exhaustive, so please check the packaging of products closely. If you would like to check products with the school, please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment. We appreciate your support in keeping all of our children safe.
Water bottles (with sport caps), labelled with your child’s name are encouraged in school. These can be brought to school each day and the children have access to these throughout the day.
Home Time Routine
The Reception Class children will leave school via the door in the Reception Classroom. We ask that parents stand in the Reception Class outside area at home time. To ensure the safety of the children we will send them out to their parents/guardians one at a time when we have seen that their parent/guardian is on the yard ready to collect them. This can take a little bit of time, so please be patient with us.
Have a lovely Summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September!
We have a three-week cycle for meals, with three options each day. In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, your child is entitled for Universal Free School Meals.
Please login to Scopay (see below) and sit down with your child to choose their lunch options from 2nd September up to October half term.
**PLEASE NOTE** DUE TO YOUR CHILD NOT BEING IN A CLASS AT THE PRESENT TIME IT WILL LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE TO PAY £2.30 FOR EACH MEAL ON THEIR ACCOUNT – PLEASE IGNORE ANY CHARGES & DO NOT PAY. Once the children have been ADMITTED to school in September the Universal Free School Meal will put all their meals to zero cost.
Nut Free School
We are a Nut-free school, we do not allow nuts or nut products in school lunch boxes.
If your child has any allergies, please contact the office and we will send you the allergen information.
Please download the app today and search for Christ the King, Burnley, using our postcode BB11 4RB. The app will provide you with the most up-to-date information on Christ the King. We encourage all parents to download the app, as well as extended family members who collect your child. I have attached a troubleshooting guide
App features include:
• School send regularly ‘Notices’ out relating to school and/or your child’s class.
• News feed, receive the latest school news stories direct to your device.
• Calendar view, to quickly see the latest events.
• Newsletters downloaded direct to your device.
• Alerts about important issues, such as school closures.
• Links to useful websites selected by the school.
We're in the process of updating this app, and new features will be available in September, so stay tuned.
Scopay is our online payment and reservation system. An email will be sent to you shortly that contains a "link code" that will allow you to set up and access your child's account. If you share childcare with another parent/guardian, both parents can have separate login accounts; please let us know and we will send another link code to get a second login.
There is an App you can download on your phone which allows you book lunches and sessions. - Find out more here
Help Guides - Click here
Parent Information - Click here
Breakfast & After School Club Provision (CTK Stay & Play)
- Breakfast club opens from 7.45 am – 9.00 am. Breakfast is provided, and this is £3.00 per session
- After-school club runs from 3.15pm – 5.45pm. A small snack is provided, and this is £6.00 per session.
- We have the capacity for 30 children in each club.
- Sessions can be booked online via Scopay.
- Sessions should be paid in advance to guarantee your place. Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel a session, otherwise, you will be charged. We do not charge if your child is off school ill.
- We accept all Childcare vouchers, Tax-free childcare, and the Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS). Contact the office if you need further information
SIMS Parent Lite App
All our contact details must be up to date within our school management system should we need to get hold of you in an emergency. You can give us as many contact numbers as you need to. We also ask for a minimum of three contacts and ask you to prioritise them. E.g. Priority 1 could be mum, Priority 2 could be a family member, grandparent/aunt, etc, Priority 3 could be Dad as he doesn’t work locally. In September, we will invite you via email to sign up to SIMS Parent Lite App which is a data collection tool for you to check that all details we hold are the most up to date. If there are any changes you can submit them to us to approve on our main system.