Welcome to Reception 2020


Welcome to Thomas Arnold 

Today is a very important day for many families as they find out which primary school their child has been offered for September.

We warmly welcome all parents and children that have been offered a place at Thomas Arnold this year and we are very much looking forward to meeting you all.

At Thomas Arnold we believe that a truly outstanding school is one that enables all children to achieve their best. One where academic attainment is high and the academic progress of individuals is maximised. It is a place where all children acquire the character virtues that lead to success in school and university, in work and life beyond.

We want to highlight the great experiences that our children in Reception have enjoyed this year and want to share with you the wonderful opportunities that your child will have when they join us at Thomas Arnold.

Learning Experiences

We follow the IPC for our curriculum and the children had the opportunity to learn about a wide range of topics this year.

In the Autumn Term the children spent time finding out a bit more about their own characters and identifying their likes and dislikes. The topic ‘This is Me‘ developed their confidence and character and they enjoyed telling us all about themselves.

The children enjoyed the topic ‘Let’s Pretend’  as they learnt about different characters and had fun pretending they were a variety of characters from well known children’s tales.

During the Spring term, the children learnt about different types of transport in their ‘Transport’ topic and found the topic ‘Plants and Flowers’ very exciting as they were able to use their outside space to plant their own flowers as well as growing their own ‘Cress Head’ in the classroom. They showed them off in our weekly assembly to the rest of the school.

We value the importance of children developing a variety of skills during their time in Reception. We believe that the weekly music and P.E sessions they have, with specialised staff, provide them with the opportunity to enhance their skills from a young age.

The children put their musical skills to the test during one of the highlights of the year, the EYFS Nativity, where the children showcased to their families exactly what they could do. Families thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were very proud, as were we, of how well the children performed.

Trips and Workshops for the Children 

We believe that it is important for our children to learn in a variety of ways. We plan interesting workshops and trips for our children to develop their understanding and experiences. This year the children experienced:

Road Safety Workshop- keeping them safe on their journey to and from school

Storytelling Workshop– part of the whole school ‘Storytelling Week’

Rock Steady Music Workshop– part of the whole school music opportunities to develop singing and learning how to play musical instruments

Dagenham Library– regular visits to our local library to enhance their love of reading and support them to become lifelong readers

MurFY’s World Education Centre– Learning about the importance of recycling to help the planet

Park View Care Home– our children make regular visits to the local care home to build positive relationships within our community

Parent/Carer workshops

At Thomas Arnold we are proud of the positive relationships we have with our parents and carers and we aim to use every opportunity to invite them in to be part of their children’s learning.

Parents and carers have been invited to a number of workshops this year and have enjoyed the experience of learning along side their child. Workshops that were held were:

Sock Puppet Workshop– Let’s Pretend

Junk modelling Workshop– Transport

Cress Head Workshop– Plants and Flowers

Weekly Friday Fun Sessions– Reading, Maths and Phonics

Writing Workshops– Providing parents and carers with ways to support their children at home

The following workshops were  planned for this term however they have had to be cancelled due to the school closure:

Making Fruit Kebabs

Healthy Food Workshop

Multicultural Day


We very much look forward to meeting you all and sharing these wonderful experiences with you and your children.


With best wishes,


Monica Gallagher