Skelmanthorpe Academy

Skelmanthorpe Academy

Elm Street, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9DZ

01484 863306

New Starters

New reception Starters


Headteacher's Welcome

We are delighted that you and your child are joining Skelmanthorpe Academy this coming September, either as part of our nursery or reception class.  On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community. 

We hope that the information on this page will answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September and assure you that we will write to you in the coming weeks with further details about your child's induction.

Message from the Chair of Governors

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all the governors at Skelmanthorpe Academy to welcome you and your child to our school community.

We know sending your children into the new world of school or nursery can be an anxious time, but please be assured the staff and governors alike will make this leap one which is supportive, fun and will see your children grow into confident learners and young people.

We thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your child and we look forward to meeting you and your children in September.

Mrs Janine Tinker-Ives

Chair of Governors

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years phase is all about your child learning through play. They will spend most of their day in school, able to access the continuous provision and follow their own interests, both inside the classroom and wherever possible, outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child's interests to help plan their next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.
During the day, your child will take part in some short adult-led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult-led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children's interests and needs in mind. There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as well as our weekly Forest School session, as we believe this is vital for children's development. Reception children also have the opportunity to attend Forest School sessions.
Click on the link to view the parent’s guide to the EYFS. This document directly links to the document used at school when observing and planning activities to support your child. The document is based around age bands. We would initially be working with age bands 30-50 months and 40-60 months in Reception. See our EYFS page for more.
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