New to school
We hope that you are safe and well. Due to the current situation of COVID-19 our normal transition arrangements have had to change. We hope you find the information on this page useful and informative.
You will have been made aware through the admissions processes of your child's place in the Nursery / Reception cohort at Joseph Cash for September 2020. Where take of places across the city are declining, Joseph Cash is over subscribed this year! You have made an excellence choice for your child to begin their school journey !
During these unprecedented times, we want to reassure you that we will do everything possible to overcome these challenges and ensure the transition for your child starting their journey with us is as seamless as possible. We are currently responding to the daily updates and advice from the government, so are unable to provide you with information about when the school will be open to all children.
In June, we will send out induction information and welcome packs. If we are unable to have a formal induction meeting at school, then I will provide information about a virtual induction meeting you can join. If school remains closed and children are unable to visit Joseph Cash for a transition session and we are unable to complete home visits due to still being in lockdown in the summer term, then teachers will phone you personally to introduce themselves.
The rest of our school website has a wealth of information about life at JCP, it should answer many of your questions about our school. Our site address is . However, If you have any questions or would like to make contact immediately please email email@example.com and leave a phone number and a member of team will contact you.
If you change you phone number, email address or home address – please notify us so we can insure you receive all information.
Thank you for choosing Joseph Cash, we take great pride in the relationships we develop with our families and your child is at the heart of every decision we will make for the school.
Friday 19th June - Welcome and parent information videos will be live on the website. Please make sure you watch the video as important information will be shared with you.
Monday 22nd June- Please collect your child’s information pack today between the hours of 10am and 2.30pm
Friday 10th July- Please ensure all completed paperwork from your welcome booklet is returned to the school office by today.
Wednesday 2nd September- Reception home visits to all new starters today.
Thursday 3rd September- Your child’s first sessions in Reception! These will be part time and either in the morning or the afternoon.
Thursday 10th September- Your child starts in Reception full time. (8.45am -3.15pm)
The Early Years Curriculum
The curriculum is organised into three Prime Areas of Learning and Development and four Specific Areas of Learning and Development.
Children learn and are taught through three main characteristics of effective learning
- Playing and exploring (engagement)
- Active learning (motivation)
- Creating and thinking critically (thinking)
All areas of learning are equally important and depend on each other to support a rounded approach to child development.
Read, Write, Inc Phonics
In Reception we follow the Read, Write Inc programme to teach the children letter sounds, letter names and how to segment and blend words.
During Read, Write Inc, we use pure sounds (mmm not ‘muh’, ssss not ‘suh’ etc) so that your child will be able to blend the sounds into words more easily.
The video below gives examples of how to pronounce the letter sounds.
We use our ‘Fred fingers’ to put a sound on each finger.
Maths in Reception
Your child will have the opportunity to learn to read, write and count numbers in a range of ways.
During the Autumn term in Maths children will be learning to count forwards and backwards to 20.
They will also be ordering numbers and ordering objects from biggest to smallest and heaviest to lightest.
They will begin to identify 2D and 3D shapes in the environment.
Why play is important
As well as learning in groups your child will spend some of the school day in ‘Get Learning Time’, where they are given the opportunity to explore the classroom both inside and out through play. Your child will be observed and assessed during this time, and the Reception team will have thought carefully about what activities are set up to help your child explore and investigate through play.
But why is play so important in Early Years? Here are 5 reasons why play is essential!
- Play is learning. It nurtures development and fulfils a child’s inborn need to learn. Play can be a child alone, with another child, in a group or with an adult.
- Play gives children the chance to be spontaneous.
- Play gives children choice which will allow them to express themselves and encourage thinking skills.
- Play teaches patience and understanding.
- Play is fun! Learning to play well, both by themselves and others, sets children up to be contented and sociable as they develop.
How I can help at home
Children are expected to wear school uniform everyday.
The red top and P.E. bag, both with the school logo can only be purchased from the school office. Your child’s class teacher will tell you when you will need these.
No jewellery is to be worn at school. Only stud earrings are acceptable. School will take into consideration religious requirements.
Long hair should be tied back at all times. Please ensure that the children are wearing sensible shoes. No heels or open toe sandals will be allowed due to health and safety
Please name all of your child’s clothing (including shoes and coats).
Top tips for being school ready
Songs and videos!
Listen to this time for school song :)
Topsy and Tim's first day of school!