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Amherst Primary School

Every child, every chance, every day.

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Amherst Primary School

Every child, every chance, every day.

Starting School

Starting school is a very exciting time for your child, yet can be a little daunting for children and parents alike!  


We want your child’s first year in Reception to be special and to build the foundations for learning.  We are very proud that our school is a caring and special place where children grow, learn and flourish.  




It is a great help to us if your child is able to do some of the following when they come to school. 


This also gives your child more confidence and independence.


  • Dress and undress - including shoes and socks

  • Remove outdoor clothing and hang it up

  • Use the toilet and flush properly washing and drying hands after use

  • Tidy and put away toys

  • Share and ‘take turns’

  • Follow simple instructions

  • Sit quietly and listen to a story

  • Know his/her name and address 


Making sure your child has had a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help them to be ready for a busy day. 



Children will line up by their class sign along the wooden fence.


Parents need to stay with their child until teachers collect the class at 8.30 am. 


After a few days, we encourage you to let your child walk in by themselves so they can build their independence.


If it is raining in the morning, please take your child straight to their classroom. If it is raining at the end of the school day, please wait under the shelter in the Reception playground to collect your child.


Please make sure the school is updated with new phone numbers and email addresses, most of our letters are now sent via email and on occasion, we may need to phone you.

Things your child will need


Your child needs a PE kit. All their kit needs to be clearly labelled and kept in a named bag on their peg.  We send their kits home every half term to be washed. Your child will not need trainers until the Summer Term. 


Please could you provide your child with wellington boots for outdoor learning which we enjoy daily.



It is extremely important that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name.  


Your child will need a snack for the morning session. 

Amherst continually promotes healthy eating and we ask that your child has a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables in the morning.





Please provide a water bottle for your child every day.  It needs to be clearly labelled with their name and to be filled with water only. 


As we have no recycling facilities at school, please avoid plastic packaging where possible. 



Your child will need a book bag, these are available from the office for £4.00.  Children need to bring their book bag to school every day.  

For further information about our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, please follow the link below

We enjoy lots of theme days throughout the year - here are our Reception 'airline crew!'