Once your child is offered a place in our Reception, the series of transition events takes place.
A welcome meeting (usually in June) is a chance to learn more about expectations, routines and stages of transition. At this meeting, parents are able to meet key members of the school staff including the Reception team.
For those completely new to our school, three taster sessions take place in the Summer term. The first is a one hour visit which you’re encouraged to stay for. The second is similar, although this time you’re encouraged to leave your child. The third is a longer visit – a whole afternoon.
Someone in our Reception team will make contact with the Early Years providers of any children joining our school from other settings. They’ll speak to the child’s key person and will visit the child in an environment which is familiar to them. Similarly, we invite nursery staff to visit us during a taster session if there is a large group of children from one setting.
Children moving to Reception from our Nursery will visit the Reception classroom during the summer term. The Reception staff will come to Nursery to read stories. They’ll join their new class for a transition afternoon in July.
At the start of the Autumn term, two members of staff will arrange to visit you in your home if your child is new to school. This will allow you to ask any more questions which you may have, and to observe your child in familiar surroundings.
In September, we welcome all of our Reception children into school on a gradual basis. This depends upon various criteria including age and previous nursery experience. You’re welcome to stay until your child is settled and content – for most children, this takes just a few minutes.
We start our learning in Reception from the very first day. We know how important it is to begin our learning journey as soon as possible. This is especially for phonics so we’ll start learning our first sounds straight away. We’ll also begin the Reception Baseline Assessment and our own on-entry assessments where we observe and talk with your child about what they can do and what they like to do. This information means the teacher can make sure we meet the needs and interests of your child, providing just enough support and challenge for each pupil to enjoy and achieve.
Do try to attend our learning workshops to learn more about how you can support your child at home, especially in the areas of phonics and number. Our ‘Learn More’ website pages will also help. Finally, always feel welcome to speak with Early Years staff or one of the school leaders about any particular questions, comments or concerns.