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Davington Primary School

Faversham, Kent

Year R

A Welcome to Year R

Miss Morgan and Miss Kennett would like to welcome you and your children to Year R.  Together with the support of Mrs Axford, Miss Thornton, Mrs Davis and Miss Turner  we are looking forward to a successful and happy year, full of enjoyable learning. 

We welcome you and your children to Year R.  We are looking forward to a successful and happy year, full of enjoyable learning.

Arriving at school

School starts at 8:45 and finishes at 3:15. Please enter and leave the classrooms using the outside door only and ensure that gates to the outside area are closed and locked behind you.

We have an ‘open door’ policy and are always ready to discuss any urgent problems with you in the morning when you bring your child to school.  However, if you want to have a longer discussion about your child, please see us after school.

Please ensure that all items of clothing, footwear and bags are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Outside Area

We will be using the outside area as much as possible so please make sure your child is suitably dressed for all weathers. They will need a pair of named wellington boots to be kept at school. 

We shall shortly be starting our phonics program, focusing on the sounds that each letter makes. The first sounds we learn are the pure sounds s a t p i n followed by m d g o c k ck. The following link will show you how to pronounce each sound.

Once the children have learnt some sounds we will begin to blend letters together to make 2 and 3 letter words.

Homework and Reading

At the October Parents Consultations, we will give you your child’s first reading book and explain how to use it effectively. Year R children need to read with an adult every day. This can be a shared story. We visit the school library on a Tuesday so this would be a good opportunity to share a new book with your child and talk about the story. Reading the same book several times helps support the children’s fluency and confidence.

PE and safety

Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school. Our PE day is Thursday.


Please ensure children with shoulder length hair or longer have their hair tied back. If your child has pierced ears please make sure that they only wear studs at school.  Earrings will need to be removed before this session. 


Your child will need a reusable named water bottle which they can access throughout the day.  Please make sure this does not leak and has a ‘sports top’ lid.  These can be bought in the school office. The children are strongly encouraged to drink water, not squash. 


Lots of our children have asked for milk. Unfortunately we cannot give milk to them unless you have signed up to Coolmilk. All children under 5 are entitled to free milk. You can register for this really easily online.  Please be patient, it does take a couple of weeks before the children are registered on our lists.

Children over 5 have to pay. It works out at about £15 a term. Please see the website for more details. Mrs. Cavanagh in the office will be able to give you a registration form if you cannot access the website.

Break Time Snacks

Reception children currently receive a piece of fruit at break times. If you would rather provide your child with their own snack, please ensure that it is a fruit/vegetable snack.  Please ask us if you are unsure.


All children in Reception will have a free school lunch.  If they prefer they may have a free school packed lunch.  The children choose their food at the counter. Please send back the menu indicating whether your child is having a hot dinner, school packed lunch or a home packed lunch.  Please tell us if your child has allergies or is vegan/vegetarian. 


We encourage the children to be as independent as possible.  This includes putting on coats, taking jumpers on and off as well as getting dressed independently for P.E.  Please support your child by encouraging them to dress themselves, including putting on socks and doing up zips and buttons.  You could further support your child by encouraging them to “have a go” at using a knife and fork to cut up their dinner.

We have enjoyed getting to know your children better in their first week and look forward to a successful year ahead.

Miss Kennett and Miss Morgan

Reception Class Teachers