Once your child is offered a place in our Reception, a series of transition events takes place.
A welcome meeting (usually towards the end of May) is a chance to learn more about expectations, routines and stages of transition. At this meeting, you’re able to meet key members of staff including the Reception team. Your child is welcome to attend so they’re involved in the move to ‘big school’ from the outset.
Three taster sessions take place in the Summer term. The first is a one hour visit when you’re encouraged to stay. The second is similar, although this time we encourage you to leave your child (we’ll offer refreshments so you won’t need to leave school). The third is a longer visit – a whole afternoon. During this time, your child will have a snack in the dining hall so they’re prepared for this part of school life.
We’ll contact your child’s current nursery setting. We’ll speak to your child’s key person and find out valuable information about their development. If a new child has some specific social, emotional or learning needs, Reception staff will visit the nursery setting so we can see the child in an environment which is familiar to them, and talk with nursery staff about any issues. We invite nursery staff to visit us during a taster session if there’s a large group of children from one setting.
Towards the end of the Summer term, two members of staff will arrange to visit you in your home. This is a chance for you to ask any more questions which you may have, and for us 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.