Starting School a guide for Parents Welcome

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Starting School
A Guide for Parents


Here at Breck Primary School we have a happy, friendly team.

We aim to provide a warm and welcoming environment for children starting school.
We aim to make your child’s transition to school as smooth as possible and to ensure that they quickly settle in and enjoy the wealth of exciting new experiences they will have.
We would like to emphasise the important role you play in your child’s education. In order to feel confident and secure your child needs to see the relationship between home and school. Good communication between families and school helps to ensure a smooth transition and also enables the teacher to learn about each child from the adult that knows them best.
We look forward to working with you to build a strong partnership based on mutual understanding and respect.

The School

School address Breck Primary School

Fouldrey Avenue

Poulton le Fylde


Telephone number 01253 885319
School website:
Headteacher Mrs C Brindle
Deputy Headteacher Ms S Quispe
Teaching Staff List

Ms S Quispe - Deputy Headteacher – Standards, Coordinator Roles and RE

Mrs K Coates – Assistant Headteacher – EYFS and Schools Direct

Mrs J McKinnon – Assistant Headteacher – Assessment and Schools Direct

Mr A Hesketh - EVCO, PE and DT

Mrs K Churchouse – SENCO

Miss R Snape – Key Stage Co-ordinator, Student/NQT Mentor and Maths

Mr G Halliwell – KS1 Literacy

Mrs D Fielding – PSHE and Art/Creativity

Miss K Moore – KS2 Literacy, History and Eco

Mr T Rosebury – ICT/Computing

Mr K Cleland - Science

Teaching Support Staff Mrs E Bennett, Mrs S Murphy, Ms C Spencer, Mrs P Byrne-Fraser, Mrs J Clarkson

Miss R Byrne-Fraser, Mrs J Kellett, Mrs A Hunter, Mrs C Gladwin, Mrs L McCann, Miss A Taylor, Miss N Evans, Miss H Robinson - Apprentice

Site Support Staff Mr G Plumpton, Mr O Fox, Mrs P Plumpton, Mrs Y Turner
Extended Services Mrs C Hague, Mrs L McCann, Miss O Garrett, Miss L Casson, Ms O’Toole, Miss Walsh, Mrs Fisher, Ms P Winston, Mrs G Rothwell, Miss S Velez, Miss A Taylor
Welfare Staff Mrs B Thornton, Mrs T Fisher, Mrs K Danvers, Mrs G Rothwell, Miss S Velez, Miss P Winston, Mrs Alison Hill, Miss N Reilly, Mrs S Jobair

Business Support Mrs M Taylor, Manager

Mr B Brindle, Apprentice

Catering Mrs S Robinson, Manager, Mrs D Taylor, Miss A Schulz

Helpful Information

School day Start 08.50 am

(Gates open 08.20 am for Wake and Shake – all Children can attend – drop off any time between 8.20 am and 8.40 am at the School Hall/Junior Yard)

Finish 15.30 pm

(Children are collected from their classroom door)

Uniform Bottle Green Sweatshirt or Cardigan (available from school office), White Polo Shirt, Grey Trousers/Dresses/Skirts, Black School Shoes

School lunch 12.00 – 1.00 pm

School Lunch is £2 per day for KS2 children. All KS1 Children are currently entitled to the Universal Free School Meal and we would encourage all children to take advantage of this benefit.

Training days 5 days per year and usually tagged onto the May Half Term

School holidays Please see attached holiday list

Admissions Policy The school follows the Local Authority Admissions Policy

Visiting the School All appointments should be made via the school office

Parking We have restricted staff parking and therefore no visitor parking is available. Please park as considerately as possible, do not stop on the yellow zig zag lines and follow The Breck School Rules as attached.

A Shared Philosophy
The School provides a secure, caring and stimulating learning environment which will enable children to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become confident, independent learners.

In a relaxed, happy atmosphere children can develop confidence, self-esteem and respect for others, whilst reaching their own full potential emotionally, intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.

At The Breck Primary School we aim to provide challenging learning experiences for both indoors and outdoors, acknowledging the value and importance of quality outdoor provision for young children.

Our aims
♦ To create a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment
♦ To establish high expectations at an early stage by helping the pupils to develop an inquiring mind and a positive attitude towards learning
♦ To encourage each pupil to become confident, independent, responsible and sociable
♦ To work in partnership with parents recognising the important influence of the family


Attending school every day, starting in nursery and continuing in reception classes, will help give your child the best possible start in life.

Going to school every day means:
♦ making friends
♦ having lots of fun
♦ building lasting relationships
♦ time to play
♦ taking part in exciting activities
You can help us to help your child by encouraging regular school attendance.
Your child’s education is very important; attendance habits established in the foundation years of education can affect their entire school life.

♦ If your child is too ill to attend school or is absent for any other reason, please contact the school on the first day of absence

♦ If you are in any doubt as to whether to send your child to school please contact the school as soon as possible for advice

Setting good attendance patterns early on will also help your child later on. Although it seems a long way off at the moment, future employers want to recruit people who are reliable. Children who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.

What happens if a child does not attend school regularly?

By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must get a suitable full time education. As a parent you are responsible for making sure this happens and if you fail to ensure a child of compulsory school age attends school regularly, legal action may be taken by the Local Authority.


Please think carefully before taking a holiday during term time.

  • In law you must ask for permission for your children to miss school

  • Parents can request a term time absence for a family holiday which may or may not be granted at the Headteacher’s discretion

  • Parents who take a child of compulsory school age on holiday without permission from the school may be issued with a penalty notice

To help your child do well in school, you should:

  • Arrange family holidays to coincide with school holidays wherever possible

  • Avoid times when there are important examinations or tests (check with school)

  • Always ask the school well in advance for permission

  • Be aware of the potential impact on your child’s education

Preparing for School
The first half term is our settling in time. The first day can be a difficult time, especially for parents, particularly if you are dealing with your first child starting school.
Parents often ask what they can do to ensure that their child is well prepared to start school.
The most important aspect of ensuring your child is ready for school is to support them in being confident and independent in approaching their new experience.

With this in mind we would like children to be able to:

  • Manage their personal hygiene independently, (i.e. going to the toilet, washing and drying hands, using a handkerchief).
  • Dress and undress themselves, (put on and take off their own coat, hats, gloves etc. for playtimes and remove/put on clothing and shoes for P.E sessions).

  • Recognise and look after their own belongings.

  • Eat politely at lunch times, using a knife and fork.

  • Talk politely to others.

  • Share and cooperate with others.

  • Understand the need follow class rules and routines such as tidying up, lining up etc.

  • Most importantly … confident in approaching their new experiences and to enjoy school.

Some other things that you can support your child in beginning to develop their confidence in; both before starting school, if they are ready; and in the first weeks/term of reception are:

  • Recognising their own name when written down.

  • Looking at and becoming familiar with letters of the alphabet.

  • Beginning to recognise and name some letters such the letters in their own name.

  • Developing a comfortable and effective grip to hold writing materials such as pencils, pen, and crayons for mark making.

  • Exploring mark making with pencils, pens, crayons.

  • Beginning to look at letter shapes and copy them, such as the letters of their own name.

  • Enjoy looking at books and listening to stories.

  • Recognise common colours and shapes.

  • Count up to 10/20 aloud.

  • Look at and begin to become familiar with numbers to 10.

Working in partnership with parents/carers

Breck School works in partnership with families. We recognise that you have already taught your child a great deal and you are still the expert where he/she is concerned.

At school we will build on what your child has already learned. We want you to feel involved in your child’s education.

Parents will be kept informed of any relevant events and information by a variety of means; Email, text messages, paper letters and notes home, notices in the classroom window, weekly newsletters and information provided on the school website.
If you would like to know more about something or have any queries or concerns please do feel free to approach the staff.
General enquiries can be made via the school office and teachers and support staff are available at the end of the school day to discuss any minor queries or concerns and are always happy to arrange a time for an appointment to discuss something in more detail.
Meet the teacher sessions will be held in the autumn term for parents to meet their child’s new class teacher and to receive information about the year ahead.
Parent’s evenings to discuss individual children’s progress on a one to one basis with their class teacher are held in the Spring Term each year.
There are many opportunities for parents and families to come into school throughout the year, such as open afternoons, grandparent’s afternoons, PTA events, class assemblies, sports days, and a variety of additional events that are organised throughout the year.

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage is based on the principle that children learn best by being active and exploring.

The natural way for young children to learn is through play.

Here we use play to:-

  • provide an opportunity to develop language

  • provide opportunities and motivation to practice basic skills

  • help develop self confidence

  • help children to learn to share

  • encourage thinking and decision making

  • nourish curiosity

  • develop concentration
  • stimulate interest

  • provide a secure basis for further learning

Our ethos in school focuses on providing a rich, exciting and stimulating learning environment that enables children to develop as independent and creative thinkers and resilient learners.

Teaching in our Reception class is focused on providing experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, which are carefully planned to offer a wealth of opportunities for children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding across all areas of the EYFS curriculum.
Teachers and support staff interact skillfully with children in their play to extend and develop their thinking and learning and to ensure that the needs of all individual children are met and that all children make good progress towards the Early Learning Goals that are outlined for children to achieve at the end of the EYFS.
Teaching takes the form of whole class and small group teacher led sessions and independent activities that incorporate a balance of child initiated and teacher directed activities.
The classroom and outdoor areas of our EYFS are set up with areas of ‘Continuous Provision’ such as a reading area, writing area, maths area, small world, construction, computers, malleable, role play, sand and water areas etc. similar to the nursery/pre- school environment which many children will be familiar with. These are resourced with activities and equipment that will enable your child to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across the curriculum independently in addition to the teacher led activities that are planned and delivered.
Sessions to provide parents with further information about the EYFS curriculum and how it is delivered, including the teaching of phonics, early reading and writing and Maths will be held in the autumn term.
Daily Routines
School starts promptly at 8.50 am

Registers are taken and then closed at 9.00 am – if your child misses registration then they will miss a whole morning’s session of attendance.

Morning break is at 10.45 am.

Children may bring a healthy snack from home to eat at morning break time if they wish. Some ideas are fruit, cereal bars, breadsticks, rice cakes. Please do not send snacks such as sweets, biscuits, chocolate or crisps. The older children in school run a tuck shop which sells healthy snacks such as toast at 10p per slice and cereal bars, raisins, rice cakes and breadsticks from 20p – 35p. Once all of our new children have settled into school this will be available for them to use if parents wish.

Lunch takes place for reception children at 11.50 am and they all have lunch together in the school hall whether on school dinners or packed lunches.
The afternoon session recommences at 1.00 pm when the register is taken again.
Afternoon break is 1.45 – 2pm for Reception and KS1 children and 2.05 – 2.20 pm for KS2 children.

The government healthy schools scheme provides a piece of fruit for all KS1 children in school each day and this is provided for them to eat at afternoon break time.

Milk is also available each day for all KS1 children. This is provided by Cool Milk. Information regarding how to order this for your child should you wish is included in the induction pack or on their website

School Closes at 3.30 pm – please collect your child from their classroom door.

As part of our extended services we offer a Breakfast Club each morning from 7:45 – 8:45am and an After School Club from 3:30pm – 5:30pm for parents who may require childcare before or after the school day. For more information regarding this or to reserve a place for your child please contact the school office.

Routines in school are consistent and we would encourage you to ensure your child goes to bed early, has plenty of sleep, wake them up in plenty of time to get them to school on time. You will need to leave lots of time for traffic and parking at The Breck, when children arrive late at school they become upset and distressed. Please try and get them here on time.

Starting school can be an exhausting business! Don’t be surprised if your children come home feeling tired and not wanting to talk about their day. Give them a meal, a bath, a cuddle and a story, before getting them off to bed early.

A Typical Day in Reception Class

8.50 am

School Starts




Morning session 1

Literacy/Maths based activities

Carpet session followed by group / independent activities.


Snack Time (Healthy Snacks, Milk/Water)


Morning Playtime

10.30 – 11.30am

Morning Session 2

Literacy/Maths based activities

Carpet session followed by group / independent activities.


Phonics Session




Afternoon session 1

Topic based activities


Afternoon Playtime


Afternoon session 2

Topic based activities, followed by circle time/story time/songs


Whole School Assembly


End of School Day

Starting School
What to bring:

  • A school book bag – these are available from the school office. These are ideal for your child to carry the things they will need to and from school each day and are the ideal size to safely store in the classroom.

  • Waterproof coat or jacket. Please send your child with a suitable coat each day as we will go outside at break times and throughout the day even if it is raining.
  • A filled water bottle. We encourage children to drink water throughout the day to remain hydrated and aid learning.

  • A Healthy snack for morning break time (optional). Please ensure this is sent in a named container or has your child’s name written on the packet.

  • P.E bag containing P.E kit. This will usually be kept in school for the duration of the half term and then sent home to be washed and returned.

Please ensure that all of your child’s belongings, including clothing and shoes are clearly labelled with their name. This will help your child to recognise and take of their own belongings in school and also ensure any misplaced items can make their way back to whom they belong.

At the beginning of the first day/s:

  • School begins at 8.50 am

  • School gates open at 8.20am

All children usually enter school through the hall doors on the junior yard and directly into the school hall. Children can be dropped off any time between 8.20am and 8.40 am at the hall doors / junior yard to attend Wake and Shake in the school hall.

In the first few weeks of school in September Reception children are brought into school via their classroom door as this is felt to be more appropriate for them during their settling in period.

  • Please bring your child round onto the infant playground and wait outside the Oak classroom door.

  • The classroom staff will come outside at 8:45am to greet the children and bring them into the classroom.

  • Children with older siblings already in school may want to come into school via the hall doors with them in the mornings. This is fine and they can choose to do so if they wish.

At the end of the first day/s:

  • School ends at 3.30pm.

  • Parents collect children from the infant playground.

  • Please wait on the playground outside the classroom door. The staff will open the door and let the children out one at a time once we have seen someone who has come to collect them.

  • The process of letting the class out may take a little additional time in the first half term as we get to know and recognise all of our new parents and any other family members who may collect children at the end of the day. We appreciate your patience in helping us to ensure that all children are safely handed over.

Questions and Answers

What should my child wear? School Uniform

What type of shoes are appropriate? Black Smart School Shoes

What can I do about jewellery? Jewellery is not allowed, a watch is, children with pierced ears should bring into school a plaster to go over earrings during PE if they are not able to remove them prior to physical activity.

Can my children bring toys? No, please don’t send your child to school with toys from home unless it is for a specific session in school such as “Show and Tell”.

What about bringing and collecting my child? Your child should be brought to school for 8.40 am each morning at the latest. Your child can be collected from the classroom door at 3.30 pm each day.

Can my child bring sweets? No – We are a Healthy School and sweets will be taken away from children until the end of the school day.

Will my child be doing homework? Yes – but this will be tailored to their own ability and your class teacher will explain this to you.

What should I do if my child is absent from school? You must contact the school office before 9.20 am on the first day of absence. Please don’t pass messages via siblings or teaching assistants.

What happens if my child needs a change of clothes? We will change your into their PE kit and advise you at the end of the day.

What should my child wear for PE? School PE kit available from the school office plus a pair of black PE Pumps.

What does my child need for outside work time? If it is cold you must send in a coat, hat and gloves, if it is warm then a sun hat and sun cream is requested.

Can my child bring a packed lunch to school? Yes, or you can opt for school dinners these are available free of charge through the universal free school meal.

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