Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Reception 2021

Welcome to Reception

We are delighted that your child is joining our school.  We look forward to getting to know you and your child and working together in partnership. Southborough is a welcoming, exciting and successful school and we hope your child will quickly feel happy, confident and secure in their new environment.

This page of our website has been written for the parents and carers of new Reception children. It aims to answer some of the questions you may have so that you too will feel confident and well prepared when your child starts school. 

First Day Social Story

Story Time


Please follow the links below to watch videos of the class teachers reading one of their favourite stories.


Miss Lewis


Mrs. Large


Mrs. Brian

Welcome to Early Years

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Your Child’s Learning Journey at Southborough

During the first few weeks of school we aim to provide a secure and comforting environment that is similar to a pre-school or nursery setting.  There will be free play, but we will begin to gently introduce the rules and routines to enable us to move on to adult led teaching for our core subjects in maths, phonics, English and STEM.

Our short, teacher-led sessions, build up the children’s excitement for the learning focus, and introduce the key details.  We then carry this learning into our ‘Plan-do-review’ sessions, where your child will choose their learning activity based on their interests and then share their learning with others.  The ever changing activities they can choose from consolidate and build on the teacher led learning.  The learning is very active and takes place in our classrooms and our outdoor areas. We do this every day and in all weathers!

We teach reading and writing through our phonics scheme: Read, Write, Inc., from the middle of the first term, and further details of this will be given at our curriculum meeting in October.  You may also want to explore this website for further details.

Each term we also explore a book using the Power of Reading scheme.  This allows us to delve into a book in more detail and link other areas of our learning to the themes.  The video shows you how exciting and engaging this makes our learning during a year in Reception.

Power of Reading Video

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What should my child be able to do before starting school?

School readiness email from the West Kent children's Centres




We would like to support you to help your child(ren) be school ready. Children need to practise and be confident in gross and fine motor skills. They need to be able to get dressed and undressed ready for school and for P.E. Although they do not need to write their names, it would be useful if they can recognise it on bookbags, clothing and pegs. It is important to be able to be safe getting to and from school, and then being happy about separating from parents and carers when they arrive at school. Being school ready also means being able to use the toilet, follow instructions, eat healthily and with cutlery, and have a good bedtime routine.


We can email a series of twelve short and fun activities to you with ideas for supporting your child(ren) throughout the six-week summer holidays. These will include the following:



P.E. Day

Name Recognition

Toilet Tips and Hygiene

Let’s Get Dressed

It’s Lunchtime

Bath, Book, Bed

Safety to School

Memory Game

What’s in the Lunchbox?

See you Later!

Be Happy, Be Confident


Please complete this online form:


 to receive 2 Emails weekly throughout the summer holidays.


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Kind regards

West Kent Children’s Centres


Holly Burns

Senior Business Support Officer, Tonbridge & Malling | Education and Young People’s Service | Early Help and Prevention 0–25 years | Kent County Council | Tel 03000 414591 | ‘Making Kent a county that works for all children’  🌈 Coronavirus #KentTogether   #KindnessMatters

Here is a link to BBC Bitesize which has some useful resources for your child to support them during this transition.