Firstly, we would like to say hello to all of our new families and those families who may be returning with their younger children. Due to the current uncertainty around schools, we have made this web page to support all of our new starters for September 2020.
This page will be used to provide parents and carers with relevant information for their child, due to start in our Reception classes in September 2020. Please keep checking back on this page for the latest developments and information.
We have included some photos of key staff members and our school so your child can start to familiarise themselves with their new setting.
Useful website links
Getting ready for transition at home might be a new challenge for families whose preschoolers would ordinarily be in childcare in the run-up to starting school. BBC Bitesize Starting Primary School has lots of resources to help you have fun together at the same time as supporting their learning and sense of independence. Why not try singing nursery rhymes together or playing numeracy game Bud’s Number Garden .
One thing to remember is that preschoolers don’t need to do lots of what you might think of as schoolwork at home before they start. Our Early Years team will always say that getting dressed and undressed and using the toilet independently are key skills which can be encouraged at home. The simple things can be really helpful, too: getting familiar with numbers, letters and sounds, singing nursery rhymes, and just doing things with your children for example; baking, getting out in the garden if you have one and simply chatting with them. Parents often underestimate the value of talking with their children, and that’s something that preschool children who are at home might get a lot more of.
How to talk to your child about the change in plans
Things are uncertain at the moment, but this doesn’t need to affect the way you talk about transition with children of this age. We approach a lot of things thinking like an adult, but kids tend to be more resilient than adults in many ways. They don’t need to know that things aren’t happening the way they would do normally. They take things at face value and tend to throw themselves into most things – we just sometimes need to shield them from our own worries. The conversation can be as simple as “we’re waiting for a message to tell us when you’re going to start school, isn’t that really exciting?” And it is really exciting, for them and for their school. We can’t wait to meet them.
Put together a box that your child will want to talk about and share when they come to Havergal.
- These will be left in school for a few weeks.
- They will help your child to settle by having something familiar to them in the setting and will help us and your child’s new friends get to know your child—what they enjoy, their interests etc…
You will need:
- A shoebox—your child can decorate this with pictures, stickers, paint etc…
- A selection of items (maximum of 4) that your child will want to share and talk about such as photographs of family, pets, special places, items related to interests/achievements such as a cookie cutter if they enjoy baking, swimming badges etc… items from places visited or a menu from a favourite restaurant etc…
We are sure you will have many more ideas about what to include and look forward to chatting with your child about their chatter box
Key members of staff
Mr Mitchell- Executive Principal
Miss Bishop- Head of School
Miss Pooler- Reception Class Teacher
Mrs Adams- Reception Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jillings- School Cook
Mrs Mosley-Reception Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Grainger- School Administrator
Mrs Towlson- SENCO
This is your new Reception Class. We also have two toilets next to our classroom.
This is our school hall. This is where you will join in with worship, have PE lessons and also eat your lunch.
This is our field and school playground. You will be able to play here with the other children at break times and lunchtimes.
You will also have PE outside and go on various nature walks.
We like to do lots of our learning outside.