Guidance for New Starters

What to expect and when

This useful link to the 'What to Expect, When' guidance document will help you find out more about your child's learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage.


Starting School Together Project

We were pleased to have been involved in the Starting School Together Project which works together with families, Early Years providers and teachers in school to support children with their journey into school and throughout their first year.  

Click here for more information and helpful tips for parents and professionals.

 Click here for our 'Top Tips for Starting School in Skipton.'

A Day in the Life of A Reception Child at Parish Church Primary School

Click here for our film link to our very own school video of 'A Day in the Life of a Reception Child.'  This video has been made to support helping parents to understand what is involved in preparing their child to be 'school ready' and how they we build on a strong home - school partnership to support their child's learning journey :


School Uniform

Our school colours are red, grey and white. Children wear a red sweatshirt or cardigan and white polo shirt. Red sweatshirts incorporating the school logo can be bought at very competitive prices from ‘MC Sportswear,’ on Sackville Street. MC Sportswear will donate 50p to our PTA funds for every sweatshirt with a logo purchased. Skip to School uniform shop on Waterstreet also provide school uniform.
Children also wear grey trousers or a grey skirt. In the summer girls can wear a red gingham dress.
Black shoes, with sensible heels, should be worn for school. For girls, white socks or grey/red tights may be worn. Trainers are not part of school uniform and should only be worn for in PE and games activities.
Please help us by labelling items of clothing clearly with your child’s name so we can identify and return lost items of clothing easily. Coats should also be named and have a loop by which to hang them up in the cloakroom.

What do we wear for PE? Your child will need plain black shorts, a plain white round-necked T-shirt, plimsolls for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor P.E. A named draw-string PE bag is needed for your child to store PE kit. Please avoid sending children to school with large bags or rucksacks as we have nowhere to store them in school.

 If you have any questions no matter how small please call in to speak to us or alternatively e-mail them to Mrs Large our Administrator and we will do our best to answer them.


Phonics Teaching

Phonics is taught daily in Early Years and Key Stage One classes. The schemes we use to teach phonics to our children is a combination of the 'Letters and Sounds' programme and 'Jolly Phonics' songs and actions. Together these provide an interactive and fun way of engaging children to develop and consolidate their learning. 

Click here for our parent guide: 'How Phonics is Taught at Parish Church Primary School'

Reading and Reading Schemes 

In Reception, the main reading schemes include ‘Project X Phonics’, ‘Jelly and Bean’ and ‘Floppy’s Phonics’, which all use synthetic phonics as the approach to reading. Children will begin to move onto the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme (which includes a wider range of vocabulary) around ‘Blue Band’ in the reading scheme, although this will depend on the child and is left to the teacher’s discretion.

In Key Stage 1, the main reading schemes are ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ and ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. These are supplemented by additional schemes including Jelly and Bean Series, Collins Big Cat and Collins Big Cat Phonics.

In Key Stage 2, the main reading scheme is Collins Big Cat. This is supplemented by other reading schemes and free readers.