The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Spring term 2017                                                                                  

Reception staffing

  • Mrs Bennell - Teacher
  • Mrs Cooper - Teaching Assistant

The Reception day

8:55             Reception staff will open the door for children to enter

9:00             Registration and 'Busy Fingers' 

9.20-9.25      Action Time – Wake and Shake 

9.25–10.05    Adult Led Activity / Small group time     

10.05–11.20  Child Initiated Learning / Snack Time

11.20–11.45  Phonics 

11.45-11.55  Story Time

11.55–12.00  Get ready for lunch / Personal Hygiene

12.00–1.00    Lunch 

1.00–1.05     Registration

1.05–1.25     Reading Activities

1.25–2.05    Adult Led Activity / Small Group Time

2.05–2.35    Child initiated Learning

2.35–3.05    Story Time

3.05 3.15    Home time / Songs and Rhymes  

At the end of the school day the children will be released to you from the double doors by the quad – children will NOT be released until a practitioner calls their name. Please ensure you stand away from the doors and that younger siblings are clear of the doorway so the children can leave the corridor and meet their parent safely.   

Weekly Routines

  • Monday - ICT suite; reading
  • Wednesday - Physical Education (PE)
  • Thursday - Dance/games
  • Friday - Library


Children will bring home a reading book every Wednesday for you to keep at home and share every night over the weekend. The reading book must come back into school on Monday so we can hear your child read. If we feel they are ready for the next book / stage we will change their book ready for Wednesday. Any books returned late may not get changed.

Please use your child’s reading record to let us know how your child has got on with reading the book at home. If no comments are made in the reading record we will assume the child has not read and they will bring the same book home.


  • Please do not let your child play with the outside toys or on the grass before school and ensure they dismount scooters at the school gates.

  • We are in need of spare clothes in fairly good condition for the setting; all donations are very much appreciated!