Reception Year Group

Welcome to Reception

As we begin our Reception Year we would like to share with you our EYFS curriculum newsletter detailing some things to remember in the first few weeks. 

Our Autumn 1 topic will be shared shortly

Please scroll down to find key year group information below the topic newsletter.


General information

Water Bottles & Snacks

Children must bring a clear water bottle to school in their house colour. They will be able to access this throughout the day in our cafe. Please remember that bottles should contain water only. 

School water bottles will be available for purchase via Parentmail. Alternatively you can purchase your own choice of water bottle in your child's house colour. 

Every child aged 3-5 years is entitled to free milk provided by the Government. If your child is unable to drink milk please speak to a member of the team. Once your child turns 5, milk will need to be purchased via Cool Milk.

Children are also provided with a piece of fruit as part of the Government school fruit and vegetable scheme. This will be available in the Cafe for the children to eat across the day.

PE Kit
PE will be on a Monday starting after October half term. Children will need to wear their full PE Kit to school on this day. Children will need to wear either black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms, Hillcross logo P.E. tshirt, or house colour tshirt, a Hillcross logo sweatshirt and black trainers (with no coloured branding or sole). 

Start & End of the School Day
We have a flexible drop off time of 8.30-8.45am. Gates at both entrances to the school will open just before this time to allow you to access the playground. Please ensure that you walk your child to the Reception art room door. After 8.45am, the gates will be locked and your child will need to enter school via the school office. Parents are encouraged to wait on the playground, rather than the ramp, to allow free access for the children into school. 

School finishes at 3pm and you will have access to the school site just before this time. Please return to the art room door to collect your child. We politely ask that once you have collected your child, you move away from the door to allow other parents to be seen by staff. Please help us to keep children safe on the school site by not allowing them to play on or with equipment before or after the school day, thank you. 

Additional information
Children in Reception will need to have a coat with them in school each day as they have access to the outside environment all day every day. Please ensure you name their coat as well as all gloves, scarves and hats. In sunny weather, children will need a sun hat to wear when playing outside. Please ensure that you have applied suncream to your child on sunny days.

Get Involved!

There are numerous opportunities for you to join in with the life of the school in the following ways:

  • Accompanying School Trips;
  • Early Years Christmas Performance (Autumn 2);
  • Year Group Performance (Spring 2);
  • Sports Day (Summer 1);
  • Friends of Hillcross & Volunteering in School


Hillcross is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.  This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and supporting procedures in place.  All staff (including supply staff, volunteers and governors) must ensure that they are aware of these procedures.  Parents and carers are welcome to read the policy on request.

Our Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) are:

  • Lisa Francis – Headteacher
  • Lee Christy - Assistant Headteacher
  • Tanja Doig – Assistant Headteacher
  • Steph Mayar - Assistant Headteacher/SENCO

Hillcross Primary School, Ashridge Way, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4EE

020 8542 6936