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Frequently Asked questions

  • Where will my child be at lunchtimes/break times?

    The children in EYFS have ‘self-selecting’ snack. They will bring a fruit or vegetable snack to school, which they have access to in the classroom. They will choose when they want to have that, during their child-initiated time.

    At lunchtime, the children will eat their lunch in our school hall. Once finished they will play on the Key Stage One playground, which is situated next to the Year R building. 

  • When will my child do PE?

    We tend to start our PE sessions after the first few weeks of school. We help the children to settle into the many new routines, rules and environment before adding PE. You will given notice before the children need PE kits in school. Children wear their PE kits to school. Further information can be found here 


  • What if I can’t get certain items of uniform prior to starting school?

    We would expect that parents are well prepared for the children to start school, so that they are comfortable in what they need to have for school. However, we understand that often circumstances may prevent this. Please let a member of staff know if you are struggling with any items, so that we are aware or we may be able to help in the meantime.

  • Will my child know anyone in their class?

    As part of our acceptance information, we ask parents to let us know if your child knows anyone starting at our school. 

  • What if my child doesn't know anyone starting school?

    Due to our catchment we often have children coming from many different nurseries. Although it can be daunting for a child who doesn’t know anyone, we can assure you that there will be many children in the same situation. Our stay and play sessions are designed for children (and parents) to begin to get to know each other to help ‘break the ice’ for September. Our curriculum is based on children having a secure foundation in their personal, social and emotional skills so we spend a lot of time in the first few week getting to know each other and supporting the children to create friendships.

  • My child doesn’t know any letters or numbers, are they behind?

    Absolutely not! Children need to have many other aspects of learning in place prior to Phonics and Maths. The reception year is all about securing our social skills, physical skills and communication skills to create a solid foundation ready to learn the more formal skills.

  • Is there access to any clubs for EYFS children?

    From a childcare point of view, we run a Breakfast and After School club on our school site.

    During the school year, our staff offer a variety of clubs across all year groups. Children will be offering to attend the club, as and when it is running. The clubs that are offered may vary across the year due to them being run by our teachers and TA’s

If you have any further questions which need answering please email admin@st-annes.reading.sch.uk and ask for your question.

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