Once your child is offered a place in our Reception, the series of transition events take place.
1. 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 Foundation team.
2. For those completely new to St James’ CE Primary, three taster sessions take place in the Summer term: the first is a one hour visit when parents / carers are encouraged to stay; the second is similar, although this time parents / carers are encouraged to leave their child; the third is a longer visit for an afternoon.
3. If a new child has some specific social, emotional or learning needs, Foundation staff will visit nursery settings. This will allow staff to see the child in an environment which is familiar to them, and to talk with nursery staff about any issues. Similarly, we invite nursery staff to visit us during a taster session if there is a large group of children from one setting.
4. 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.
5. A ‘staggered start‘ means that pupils join the class gradually, a small group each day. This means that each child can be welcomed and have the chance to settle in before someone new joins. Parents / carers are welcome to stay until their child is settled and content – for most children, this takes just a few minutes.
6. We then begin what’s called ‘on-entry assessment‘ 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 plan for the year ahead, making sure she and all the team meet the needs and interests of your child as much as possible, providing just enough support and challenge for each pupil to enjoy and achieve.
Do try to attend our learning workshops for parents / carers to learn more about how you can support your child at home, especially in the areas of phonics and number. Other 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.