The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Summer term 2018                                                                                  

Reception staff

  • Mrs Bennell (Miss Sindall) - Teacher
  • Mrs Cooper - Teaching Assistant

We look forward to continuing to work with you and your children over the rest of the academic year.

The Reception day

8:45                  Reception staff will open main setting door and children will enter the setting.
8:45 - 9:00        Registration and ‘Busy Fingers’   

9:00 - 9:30        Handwriting 

9:30 - 10:15      Adult-led activity/small group time   
10:15 - 11:15    Child-initiated learning/snack time    

11:15 - 11:45    Phonics

11:45 - 11:55    Storytime   

11:55 - 12:00    Get ready for lunch/personal hygiene

12:00 - 13:00    Lunch  

13:00 - 13:05    Registration

13:05 - 13:30    Guided reading and reading activities  

13:30 - 14:10    Adult-led activity/small group time 

14:10 - 14:40    Child-initiated learning

14:40 - 15:00    Storytime

15:00 - 15:10    Songs and rhymes; hometime

At the end of the school day the children will be released to you from the Nursery side door – children will NOT be released until a practitioner calls their name.

Please ensure you stand away from the doors so the children can leave the setting and meet their parent safely.   

Weekly routines

  • Monday - ICT suite
  • Tuesday - Reading; swimming
  • Wednesday - Physical Education (PE) 
  • Friday - Library


  • Children will bring home a reading book every Thursday 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 and 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 be changed. Please use your child’s reading record to communicate about how your child has got on with reading the book at home each time they bring a book home. If no comments are made in the reading record we will think the child hasn’t read and they will bring the same book home to repeat.

    Please don’t let your child play with the outside toys or on the grass before school and ensure they dismount scooters at the school gates.

    Donations – we are in need of large pieces of netting to enable us to den build in our outdoor learning environment. All donations are very much appreciated!

Long term plan 2017-2018













Belonging; birthdays; Harvest
Celebrations: Diwali; Hanukah; bonfire night; Christmas; nativity Natural world; changes in seasons
Easter/Lent; happy/sad tiems in lives; planting & growth - caring for living things Special places; people who help us in our lives