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Welcome to Squirrel Class


Reception is a fantastically exciting year when we welcome you to your learning journey at RAF Benson Community Primary School. We have some amazing things planned for you, so watch this space.


Your teacher this year is Mrs White who will be supported by Mrs Richards (Teaching Assistant). Mrs Wales will be taking you for your PE lessons on Friday afternoons.


Important Notice 





Achievement Assembly , Achievosaurs  and Wow moments


Reception children will now be involved in Achievement Assemblies which take place just before pick up on Wednesday afternoons. If your child has been selected to receive an award they will be given an information slip on the Friday before the assembly in which they will receive the award. This will hopefully give you enough notice so that you can make arrangements to attend.


Achievosaurs are our resident dinosaurs who celebrate the children’s ‘growth- mind set’ and ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ achievements. They will be handed out on Friday afternoons and the children will be able to keep them for the weekend. Please can you make sure that they are well cared for and returned to school on the Monday morning. More details about who the dinosaurs are and the different badges children will be able to collect will be sent in due course.


Wow moments are those little (or huge!) achievements which happen at home. We would like to celebrate these moments with the children and school too so we will be sending home some popcorn templates for you to fill in when your child has a ‘Wow’ moment. These could be anything from getting dressed independently for the first time to reading a sentence in their book. We have a popcorn board on display and we hope to fill it with all those precious moments. Please could you send in the completed popcorn so we can add it to our board and put a copy in their Learning Journey. Once our board is filled to the brim, we will have a little reward of ‘Popcorn Cinema’ to celebrate. This will take place in the classroom at an appropriate time.


Pick up routine 

Pick up is at 3:10 pm from the Squirrel Classroom door.


School Dinner 

Please remember to order your choices for the meals before using the new online system the day before. 


Packed Lunch 

If you are bringing in a packed lunch, please remember to pack a delicious healthy selection of foods and please be aware that we are a Nut Free school. No chocolate spread or peanut butter!



Please remember to bring in a named water bottle. We will have a selection of delicious snacks for you to eat.


PE Kit 

The children are enjoying their  PE lessons and we were impressed with how well they were all able to get changed independently. We are still finding shoes without names in them, so please can you check that all your child's kit is clearly labelled, and show them where they should look to identify their items. We are changing into wellies every play time so it is important the children are able to find their own shoes. If your child is unable to put his/her shoes on independently please can you spend some time at home practising this very important skill. 



The children are enjoying their reading books and we hope that you are enjoying this time with your child too. Please do not worry if your child does not want to read at the moment as they are very tired. If you could just write a short message in the book to say whether they have done it or not we will know if we need to change their books or have a go at getting them to do it in class. Please remember to not spend more than 5-10 min of reading at a time. 


Boots and coats 

As it is getting colder please make sure that your child has a pair of named waterproof boots and a named waterproof coat. We go outside everyday no matter the weather! We are happy to keep them at school so you don't have to remember them everyday. 


Purple Mash password 


The password you have received for Purple Mash is for your child to access some fun and engaging activities that the program has to offer in the comfort of your home. You can access the program on the school website through Children/Learning zone /Purple mash. Please ask us if you are still unable to access the site. Reception children are not required to do any work on this site but it is a useful and enjoyable tool to help supplement their learning. It is recommended that they do not spend more than 20 minutes at a time using the computer. We would love to see any creations they do make on the site if you are able to print them and send them in .


If you have any questions we are always happy to talk to them before or after school. 


 We are very excited about the adventures we will have this year 


we hope you'll have loads of fun along the way too !