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Dosthill Primary Academy

Dosthill Primary Academy

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Dosthill Primary Academy

I hope that you and your child have received their letter welcoming you to our school, which also outlined our new website page.

I would like to say again how delighted we are that you have chosen to join our school. We know how special and exciting this next chapter for your child will be.

Please enjoy sharing the pictures and information within this section of our website with your child so that they can become familiar with our school environment and the adults who work here. Each week, we will add new information about an aspect of school life such as classrooms, uniform, lunchtime, a typical school day, meet the staff, useful activities at home.

Here is a short video message from Mrs Keay 


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Our School 

Here is a photograph of the front of our school. We can’t wait for you to start school with us in September. You will walk to the Reception classes from either this gate or the gate by the main office.

This is a photograph of our logo by our main office and entrance which you may pass on you way in to school each day.

Here are some photographs of the Reception classrooms and displays. You will have lots of fun learning inside and outside.


The teachers will also set up lots of lovely learning activities for you to take part in outside. This is where you will also play after your lunch.



Reading at Dosthill 

At Dosthill Primary Academy, we love to read and enjoy story time together. We can’t wait to meet you to learn all about your favourite books. 

One of Reception's favourite children’s books is called ‘Owl Babies.’ 

Here is some art work which children have created this year linked to the Owl Babies book. We can’t wait to hear all about your favourite books too.

Book Recommendations

Here are some other good books that you might want to read before joining us in Reception.


Here is a link to a story read by Mrs Keay. We hope you enjoy it. 

Mrs Keay's Story Time


11th May 

Mrs McCabe is our Reception leader and Assistant Head. She is really looking forward to welcoming you to our school. She has recorded you a message and story this week; we know you will enjoy listening to this.


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Here is the link to her story, enjoy listening to it. 

Mrs McCabe's Story Time


18th May 

This week Mrs Burke will be reading you a story. You can meet Mrs Burke in the video below, 


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To listen to her story, please click this link; Mrs Burke's Story Time

26th May 

This week Mrs Roadway will share a story with you. 


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To listen to her story, please click this link; Mrs Roadway's story

Inside our school 

We hope that you enjoyed looking at the photographs of the Reception classroom and outdoor areas last week.

We would now like to share some photographs of key areas around our school that you will use whilst at school.

Assembly and Dining Hall

Here is a photograph of our School Hall; we get up to lots of exciting things in this area ranging from indoor PE, having lunch and going to assembly. In the summer holidays, the hall is being decorated and we are having new curtains so it will look superb when you start school.

This is a photo of the corridor that you will walk down from your classroom to the hall. We walk on the left side and you can look at the lovely learning on display too.

Outdoor Area

This outdoor area is just next to the hall. In the summer, you may get chance to eat your lunch outside for a change to the hall.

Computer Suite

This is our Computer Suite. You will go to lessons here with your teacher and learn lots of wonderful things to improve your skills in this subject



Below is an attachment to a document to help you become school ready. 

There are 10 activities that you can do at home that will enable your child to be prepared for the start of school. 

School Ready


Many of you will now be thinking about buying uniform for the children in preparation for the beginning of the term. 

From September, Reception learners will not be wearing ties or be put into school houses. They will begin wearing these later in the academic year. The rest of the school will continue to wear school ties and remain in the colour house they are in. 

Available for these learners is a school emblem polo shirt. 

This would be accompanied by the school jumper. 


We ask that you wear grey trousers or skirt. There is also the option for the girls to order a summer dresses. 

At this time you will not need to order PE kits, we ask that the children are provided with pumps to change into for the first term and further communication will come regarding PE kits when the children have been put into set houses. 

To accompany the uniform we ask that all children order the Dosthill Academy book bag; 

A rucksack is also available to order; 

All of this is available to order from; 


Here is our current uniform guidelines for you to refer to, School Uniform For Sale


  • Bottle green knit wear jumper, tank top or cardigan with v-neck
    (with or without logo but ensuring that it is knit wear style not sweatshirt style)
  • White shirt or blouse (For Reception learners only the polo shirt is available)
    (these should be tucked in at all times)
  • Grey school trousers, shorts, skirt or pinafore 
  • Grey socks/grey tights
  • Summer dresses – green/white checked and white summer socks
  • Black shoes
    (not trainers)


Further clarification on appearance

For health and safety reasons and to ensure that jewellery and accessories are appropriate for school we have the following policy. Thank you for following the school code in relation to the criteria below:


  • Jewellery should not be worn or brought into school.
  • If children have pierced ears, one pair of discreet/small studs may be worn.
  • For PE lessons in school, earrings must be removed for health and safety reasons.
  • Ideally, earrings should not be worn on PE days to avoid children loosing their earrings.
  • If your child is unable to remove earrings by themselves, they should not come to school with them in on PE days.
  • In exceptional circumstances, children can tape their own ears for PE however this would need written permissions sent to your child’s class teacher (without this, your child would be unable to participate).
  • Smart watches or fitness bracelets should not be brought into school.


  • Hair should be one natural colour, no hair dye.
  • The style should be appropriate for school; hair should not obstruct pupils vision.
  • Pupils with long hair must have this tied back. This is also for health and safety reasons and prevents the spread of head lice.
  • Tramlines, patterns and sculpting is not appropriate for school.
  • Novelty headwear should not be worn.
  • Hair bands and bows should be green to match the school uniform and a reasonable size.

Pupils should not wear

  • Hoodies or sportswear.
  • Leggings or close-fitting trousers.
  • Trainers are NOT allowed to be worn at any time other than for PE lessons and clubs.
  • Make up and nail varnish should NOT be worn to school.

School dinners

All children in Reception are entitled to a free school meal. 

Children really enjoy the school dinners and enjoy being able to choose what they want from the selection available that day. 

Here are some examples of the food available; 

For more information visit our catering team page; Catering Team

Learning in School 

In school all the children will take parts in lovely learning. 

One of the lessons all children will take part in is phonics. 

•Read, Write, Inc Phonics is the phonic and reading scheme used in Dosthill Primary Academy.

•RWI is a complete literacy programme. It teaches phonics, comprehension skills, handwriting, spelling and writing skills.

•For 3 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write.

•In Reception, RWI Phonics is taught daily for 20 minutes. 

•Phonic activities are continually provided throughout the day for learners to access.

What is RWI phonics? 

Speed Sounds

•Taught to recognise, read, say and write all of the sounds in the English alphabet.

•Taught how to orally blend/segment words.


•​Taught to read a range of decodable and tricky words.

•Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge.

•Read with fluency and expression.

•Develop early reading comprehension skills.

Writing & Spelling

•Learn to spell using known sounds.

•Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first.

•Read print but learn to write using cursive script.

Speaking & Listening 

•Work well with a partner.

By the end of Year 1 all children are accurate and speedy readers.


How can I help my child?

RWI phonics teaches “pure sounds”.

Watch our sound pronunciation guide.


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Imperative pure sounds are taught to aid reading and spelling.


Attached is a Power Point about our phonics learning with more detail.