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Reception (Birch & Cherry) Starting school

At Charlton Primary School we pride ourselves on providing quality learning experiences with a well-qualified, skilled staff who deliver the best possible outcomes for the children in our care. We look forward to welcoming you to our school, and to developing a happy and successful partnership with you and your child.

We recognise every child as being unique.

They each have the right to the best possible start in life in an environment that will allow them to fulfil their potential.

Our Reception classes provide them with a secure, safe and happy start to their school life. This, complimented by good parenting, gives your child the opportunities to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

Clothing and uniform

Uniform for Reception children is the same as for Years 1 to 5, but please ensure clothes are suitable for outside play and learning.

Reception children are encouraged to use the outside space in all weathers. Please provide hats and gloves for colder weather and sun hats for warmer weather. Children will need a weather appropriate coat or jacket with them every day. Smart, plain, jogging bottoms in navy or black may be worn instead of ‘uniform’ trousers.  We would also appreciate a set of spare clothes to be kept in school, for incidents where children need changing.  Shoes should be well-fitted, with a good grip, to enable children to use the outside climbing apparatus safely. Sandals or Crocs are not safe for play activities in the Reception Unit.

In winter, all pupils should have a warm and waterproof coat available in school.

Reception children do not need a change of shoes for indoors. Parents are asked to bring well-fitting trainers/ plimsolls once they start to change for PE (in the summer term.)  A stock of wellies and spare shoes are kept in school for emergencies! On occasions when different footwear is required e.g. Forest School, a letter will be sent home.

All children will require a book bag. This is essential in transporting books from school to home, letters and children's creations too!

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Starting school

This is a great website to help prepare your child for starting school.

We have prepared a short video for you to share with your children:

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At the bottom of this page, you will also find a short informative document which includes further key information about starting in Reception at Charlton.

Our Early Reading Approach

Our approach to teaching reading is underpinned through the use of the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Scheme. Please click here to learn more 



Charlton Primary School
OX12 7HG


01235 762861