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Welcome to Reception

Cannon Lane is a very popular school, committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that each child has the opportunity to develop fully. The purpose of this booklet is to give you information about what happens when your child starts school and to identify ways in which teachers and parents can work together to help each and every child. When parents and teachers work together to support children’s learning the results have a positive, measurable and lasting effect on children’s achievement. We are really pleased that you have chosen to send your child to our school.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

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Children are competent learners from birth and develop and learn in a wide variety of ways”

The Early Years Foundation Stage has been established to determine the curriculum entitlement for children from birth to five years. Early Learning Goals within the Foundation Stage set out what the majority of children are expected to achieve by the end of their Reception year in school, laying secure foundations by the time they move onto the National Curriculum in KS1. At Cannon Lane we offer a varied and exciting curriculum which enables the children in our care to make maximum progress towards these goals. We will offer the children educational activities which ensure equality of opportunity, build on their previous experiences and enable them to make progress towards the Early Learning Goals in each area of learning. Many of these activities will take place in the Early Years outdoor learning area where children are excited and motivated to learn.

The Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum is split into four themes. These underpin all aspects of practice within our Early Years setting:

  • A Unique Child
    Every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships
    Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and class teacher.
  • Enabling Environments
    The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
  • Learning and Development
    Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and that all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

The Seven Areas of Learning and Development

The EYFS is made up of seven areas of Learning and Development. There are 3 Prime Areas and 4 Specific Areas. All areas of Learning and Development are connected to one another and are equally important.

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The 3 Prime Areas

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
    • Making relationships
    • Self-confidence and self-awareness
    • Managing feelings and behaviour
  • Physical Development
    • Moving and handling
    • Health and self-care
  • Communication and Language
    • Listening and attention
    • Understanding
    • Speaking

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The 4 Specific Areas

  • Literacy
    • Reading
    • Writing
  • Mathematics
    • Numbers
    • Shape, space and measure
  • Understanding the World
    • People and communities
    • The world
    • Technology
  • Expressive Arts and Design
    • Exploring and using media and materials
    • Being imaginative

The importance of play

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Play underpins all development and learning for young children (EYFS Practice guidance 1.17)

Play engages children’s bodies, minds and emotions. In play children learn to interact with others and to be a part of a community. It provides opportunities for exploration, investigation, problem solving, and creativity allowing children to develop their imaginations and language skills. Play lets children take ownership of their own learning. At Cannon Lane the children are provided with a variety of activities led by the teacher, and also child initiated activities that have been planned from the children’s interests. Teachers make careful observations and through thoughtful interaction during these child-led activities move the children’s learning forward. Some of the activities will be for the children to do individually, in a small group or as part of the whole class.

Ways to help before your child starts school

There are many ways you can help to ease your child’s transition from home to school. Some of these ways are listed below:

  • Get your child used to being with other people. Encourage them to stay with a trusted adult for a few hours, away from home.
  • Have other children to play and let your child play in other children’s homes. It will help them learn to socialise.
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves independently as this is a skill that will be invaluable when changing for PE at school.
  • Make sure your child can go to the toilet by themselves. Encourage them to ask or say when there is a need to go.
  • Let your child experience ‘messy’ activities e.g. play dough, water, paint.
  • Let your child play with crayons and pencils. Help them to use scissors.
  • Talk to your child about the world, and things that interest them in their own environment. Discuss with them the things you do at home and maybe talk about the things you see when you are out walking. Talk about TV programmes, books and stories. Chat about the size, shape and colour of things. All this will encourage your child to talk, question and listen to the ideas of others.
  • Read stories to your child. Read and say nursery rhymes together and sing songs.
  • Help your child to recognise their own name. If you want to teach them to write it, please use lower case letters except for the initial capital letter. Similarly, if you are teaching your child to write, please teach them the sound the letter makes in words, not the letter name.
  • Play games such as ‘I spy’ to help your child look around and learn letter names and sounds.
  • Count objects e.g. stairs and sort things e.g. socks in washing.
  • Encourage your child to clear away when they have finished playing.

Daily Reading with your child

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At Cannon Lane children in the Foundation Stage will have shared reading daily, where they will have the opportunity to share books with their friends and gain an understanding of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Added to this your child will be able to bring home a levelled reading book each week alongside a reading diary. This diary is for you to record your child’s responses to the book.

Your child will also have the opportunity to borrow a picture book from the school library.

It is now widely recognised that the easiest and most successful way that children learn to read is through the learning of phonics and the sharing of stories with adults and other children. Your child will have daily phonics sessions in school to help them learn the sounds of letters. Learning to read is like learning to do anything else – you need someone to show you how it is done and to demonstrate the pleasure to be gained from reading. Children do not become readers overnight; they develop fluency gradually – some faster than others. Your child will enjoy sharing his/her school library books with you as well as other storybooks and non-fiction books. Reading is supposed to be fun, enjoyable and relaxing. We would appreciate it if your child used a school book bag to keep his/her books safe. These can be obtained from the school office.


In Reception, the children are working towards achieving the Early Learning Goals which are the goals most children are likely to reach by the end of the Foundation Stage (i.e. the end of Reception). Further information about Early Learning Goals will be available in September.

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The emphasis of the Reception curriculum is on planned activities which the children will enjoy i.e. learning through play. The children will not be put in the position where they feel that they are tested. The assessments are made on the basis of the practitioners accumulating observations relating to children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum. The children will have a Learning Journey which will contain observations, samples of children’s work and photographs. We welcome parents’ contributions to Learning Journeys and will send them home regularly to facilitate that.


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All children must come to school wearing Cannon Lane school uniform unless informed of a special event such as a Mufti day. The uniform consists of grey trousers, grey skirt or pinafore dress, white polo shirt with school logo, brown jumper or cardigan with school logo.

The PE kit is a plain white t-shirt with black shorts. The children will begin to change for PE in the Summer Term so a PE kit will not be needed until after the Easter holidays.

Uniform can be purchased from the school office during the hours of 9.00am to 3.00pm.

Jewellery should not be worn to school at all as it has the potential to injure the wearer and others.

All items should be clearly marked with your child’s name.

As much of the Early Years curriculum is delivered outdoors, your child will also need appropriate wet weather clothing (wellingtons and waterproof jacket with hood).

Times of Sessions

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Wednesday 6th September is a Stay and Play session for children and parents. There will be two sessions:
AM session 10.00 – 11.00am
PM session 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Thursday 7th to Wednesday 13th September children will begin the part-time settling-in period:
AM session 9.00am – 11.00am
PM session 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Each class is divided in two so that 15 children attend each session. This ensures children have a chance to settle into their environment and form relationships with their teachers more quickly than if there were 30 children altogether.

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th is when all children will start in the morning together and begin to get to know all the other children in their class:
Session 9.00am – 12.00pm

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September is when the children will stay for lunch and finish school at 1.30pm:
Session 9.00am – 1.30pm

During the first two weeks children will be dropped by parents or carers at the classroom door once the KS1 children have left the playground. They can also be collected from the classrooms at the end of the session.

Wednesday 20th September all children will start at 8.50am and remain all day until 3.10pm. Once children are full-time they will be dropped in the playground and collected from the classroom as we don’t have parents on the playground in the mornings.

If you wish another person to pick your child up, please advise the class teacher in writing.

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Initial Parent-Teacher Meetings

At Cannon Lane we work in partnership with parents. We have arranged times for parents to come and meet the class teachers individually at the beginning of the year to share specific information regarding your child. The times will follow the settling in sessions:
Thursday 14th and 15th September 1pm – 3.30pm
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Parents will be able to make appointments with the teachers at the Stay and Play session Tuesday 6th September.

A few reminders

  • The children are encouraged to eat a snack every morning. Fruit is provided by the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Milk is provided free of charge to all under 5s by CoolMilk
  • All children should bring a water bottle into school each day and take it home at the end of the day to be cleaned out and re-filled. Children will be given access to drinking water throughout the school day.
  • Please observe the parking regulations outside the school. Please do not park on the zig-zag lines outside school. We ask that you park away from school if possible or walk to and from school with your child. Parking on the school site is strictly for staff only and we would request that parents make every effort not to drive into school as this presents unnecessary hazards for children.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the school site.
  • If your child is absent from school a telephone call (before 9.00am) on each day of absence is required.
  • If your child has a sickness or diarrhoea bug they should be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout.
  • If your child needs to use an inhaler we ask that a named one is brought into school. Please note that it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the inhaler is in date. If your child has any specific medical needs, you may like to discuss these with our School Welfare Officer.
  • If at any point your (or your child’s) circumstances change, please keep the school office informed.


School Office: 020 8866 3536
School Office Email: office@cannonlane.harrow.sch.uk
School Website: www.cannonlaneprimary.org


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