Information for new Reception children

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Welcome to Leighton Community Primary School / Foundation Phase

As I am sure you already know we are a relatively small, rural school, yet within easy reach of Welshpool.

Our school is very friendly, happy and caring; our numbers allow us to know and value each and every child really well.

We are committed to helping all of our children reach their potential – personally, socially and academically.  We value hard work, independence, creative thinking, good behaviour and happiness.

We put our pupils first, working closely with our parents; we believe that working together, we are certainly stronger.

 Although I would steer you to our school website for most of the information you might need, here is a quick overview of what your child can expect as they start our Foundation Phase Reception class.

Our Foundation Phase teaching team includes Miss Sumer Jones, Mr Lyn Harte, Mrs Sharon Mead, Mrs Sarah Richards and Mrs Cassie Morgan.

Classroom doors are open from 8.35, although Breakfast Club is available from 8am each school morning (£1.50 per child charge, via online ParentPay).  Formal registration takes place from 8.45; arriving promptly for this is important not just for prompt start to the school day, but also to allow time to upload the day’s lunch requirements.

Please bring your child into school as we encourage this positive interaction.  Each child will have their own named peg in the Foundation Phase cloakroom area, for coats, hats, scarves, gloves (depending on the weather) and bags; book bags are kept on the shelves near the classroom entrance door.  Children should bring water and a mid-morning fruit snack – these should be put in the boxes on arrival, again kept near the classroom entrance door; packed lunch boxes are to be placed in the red pull trolley, in the cloakroom.

On arrival in class table top activities will be waiting for our pupils.

Children have a snack break at 10.15, for their water and fruit (milk is also offered) with playtime running from 10.30-10.45.

Guided initially by a learning through play approach, each morning children will usually have Literacy and Numeracy lessons, with afternoons comprising a focus on Health & Wellbeing (including PE), Humanities, Science & Technology, Expressive Arts, and other complimentary activities.

Lunchtime runs from 12 noon to 1pm, with children eating either a packed lunch, or a school dinner; school dinners are payable via ParentPay.

In Foundation Phase we share things from school via the SeeSaw App; this is a great way of maintaining news directly from school, and for sharing things done during the school day.  However, the most vital aspect of home support is through simply reading with your child, at least once per day; your child will bring home their reading record each day for you to also record their progress.

Children should not bring any toys into school, unless as part of a timetabled ‘Show & Tell’ activity, or as a special treat organised by the class teacher.

All our uniform is available from Constructiv Clothing in Welshpool, including polo shirt, sweater, summer dress, PE kit, book bag and cap, as required.  Please ensure that all items are clearly labelled with your child’s name.  Shoes and PE trainers/pumps should be black in colour please.

You will be informed when your child is involved in swimming lessons (£2 per visit transport charge, again payable via online ParentPay).  On these days it is very useful if clothes can be those that are quick to change; children will need a swimming bag, containing towel and swimwear, but large enough to also hold clothes whilst they are in the pool.  At the pool children will use the showers before and after swimming.  Please inform us if you wish your child to wear their own swimming goggles.

In accordance with Welsh Government legislation we provide a broadly Christian based opportunity for collective worship each day, whether as a whole school or class.  However, we are a Community School and do therefore enjoy reflecting the beliefs of all our families and children.  If there are any aspects from which you would like your child removed, please request.

School finishes at 3.10pm.  Children should be collected from the old front door, following a happy and productive day at school!

Our day to day contact is often via the school Text to Parents service, so please ensure we always have your up to date and relevant mobile phone numbers.  Please also keep up to date via our website, Facebook page (please request to join our private, rather than public page) and Twitter accounts, as shown in the header section.

If there is anything else at all that you are unsure of, or just want to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Your child’s first year in school is obviously a very important one; at Leighton we will do all that we can to support any need, so that all of our children are content, secure, happy and productive.

Thank you.


Mr Lyn Harte / Headteacher