You've been offered a place at Cavalry. What next?

New to Reception Sept 2021

You've been offered a place at Cavalry. What next?
You've had an offer of a place in Reception at Cavalry
Firstly, welcome to the Cavalry family! If you have been offered a place in Reception you will need to contact the school to confirm that you will be accepting the place.
At the moment we still live in uncertain times. We can tell you what we would usually do after the offer of a school place at Cavalry. We would usually send a letter out to invite you to attend a New Reception Parents Evening. You would be introduced to your Child's teacher and the Reception team, along with other members of staff who will be helping your child settle into our school. Representatives from the Governing body and Cavalry PTFA would be available for questions and any further information you may require. You would receive an information pack and would be given dates for your child's visits in the summer term, parent 1:1 meeting with the class teacher and parent workshops. You would be able to visit the classrooms, outdoor learning environment and have a tour of the school. 
We can't say whether any of this will be able to go ahead given the current climate. What we can do is assure you that you will be kept up to date and we will assure you of a smooth transition to Reception for your child. 
Let's Talk Letters...
Of course we wouldn't be disappointed if your child started school knowing some of the letters in their name or able to write their name BUT we by no means expect every child to be able to write their name. We would prefer your child to start with
  • an inquisitive mind and the confidence to explore
  • the determination to dress themselves, even having the resilience to put on those tricky, wriggly socks
  • the kindness to share toys with new friends
  • being able to go to the toilet independently
At Cavalry we teach letter formation in a specific way and we teach an awareness of capital letters but expect them only to be used for the start of the child's name. Each letter we teach has a little saying to help us to remember how to form the letter correctly. You will be given a sheet showing how we form letters and a copy of the letter formation sayings at one of your child's visits. Keep it handy, use it often! You'll be talking about dinosaur bottoms and Maisie's mountain in no time!
There's a slightly competitive edge when it comes to Maths in Reception. We all love a maths challenge and there's an on-going competition between Class 1 and Class 2 as to who can complete the most. You will learn more about this at our Parent meetings in September but it's something to look forward to and not nearly as scary as "maths challenge" sounds!
Eco school
Cavalry is proud to have an active Eco Committee made up of 8 children from KS2, working in conjunction with members of our staff and PTFA. As well as taking steps to reduce our single use plastic, compost our food waste and save energy where we can, we also have these helpful schemes for parents.
Yes, you read that right. It may surprise you but in one term (14 weeks) we accumulated 10 bin liners of uncollected lost property which was sent to local charity shops. What a waste! A waste of your money and of decent clothing. We decided that this was just not acceptable. And so, in our bid to 'reduce, reuse and recycle' we started the big uniform swap. Basically, any uncollected lost property is gathered up, washed and sorted. We then hold days/evenings throughout the year for parents and carers to come and take anything they need. Absolutely free of charge and helping Cavalry to be more environmentally friendly. Parents and carers are also encouraged to donate any good quality items, including wellies, that their children have outgrown, so that these can be offered too. Why not come along to one of our uniform swap sessions before the Autumn term and see if there's anything of use to you!
Where there's 'muck' there's brass
We now recycle crisp packets and biscuit wrappers at school. These cannot be recycled in your blue bin at home, so why not collect them up and bring them to school so we can send them to Terracycle? All the packets we send off will earn some money for the school too. The PTFA have bought two yellow bins for recycling this packaging, and you will find these near the main front entrance and near the Reception/Year 1 entrance. This will help reduce your waste at home, keep more waste from going in to landfill and will raise funds for the school!
Keep up-to-date with all things Cavalry
Getting to know more about Cavalry couldn't be easier. So, you've already found our website (don't forget to check regularly for updates!) but there's so many other ways to keep abreast of life at Cavalry and to get involved too!
We have an active Facebook page for curriculum updates from each year group, sporting and music events, important notices and soooo much more! Follow us on @CavalryMarch
Our Twitter account mirrors our Facebook page on @Cavalry_Primary
Our PTFA work tirelessly to hold the most amazing events for our children and have purchased much needed equipment across the school from Nursery to Year 6. Follow them on Facebook @CavalryPTFA or even better, come to one of their meetings and learn more about how you can be involved!