St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School


New To Early Years

New Reception Parent Information 2022


We are delighted that you and your child are joining St Sebastian’s R.C. Primary School this coming September.  On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community. 


We hope that the information on this page will answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September and assure you that we will write to you in the coming weeks with further details about your child's induction.





We will be talking to pre-school and nursery settings, as we always do, to find out where your child is in their learning. We will also be talking to you directly to find out about your child's preferences; things they particularly enjoy, find difficult etc. These conversations usually take place within the context of a stay and play visit to school in July.


The links below have some useful resources to support with transition.



Starting Primary School The BBC have put together some articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.




Breakfast Club


Breakfast Club 

Our breakfast club runs from 8.00 each day and the children have a healthy breakfast and then choose from various activities on offer i.e. computer games, outdoor play, homework help, TV etc.  The cost is £1.00 per day per child.  Please ask at the school office if you would like your child to attend.




The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child's interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.


During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children's interests and needs in mind.


There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as we believe this is vital for children's development.





Indoor Learning Environment

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Sharing your child's learning with you


At St Sebastian’s we use an online learning journal called Tapestry to record your children's learning in Reception.


You will be given a username and password to access your child's journal once they start with us. This will allow you to see any photos and videos that have been taken of your child at school and read any observations that the EYFS team have made of them. 


You will also be invited to add to your child's journal as the year progresses.


The video link below provides further information about setting up your account.