At St Peter’s, we are all delighted to say a huge hello and welcome to all the children and families that are preparing to join us in September. I am sure it seems like only yesterday you were completing the application form selecting your preferred school for your child, but before you know it, September will be here and we are working hard to ensure it is an exciting, positive and joyful experience for you and your child. Staff are busy making contact with preschool settings to find out as much about your child as possible to ensure they have a really good understanding of their likes, dislikes, strengths and needs. Please do make contact with the school office if you have any information you wish to pass on that you feel is important.
You should have now been emailed a link to a welcome video where you will be able to see some of the key people who will be working closely with your child when they join in September. The link is also attached to the bottom of this post. You should also have received a letter giving information about a Teddy Bear’s Picnic event, which will be the first part of our transition process leading up to the children starting school. Please do let us know if you are unable to attend. Your child will receive their own picnic invitation through the post so keep a look out for that in the coming days!
The welcome meeting on 29th June is sadly not going to be in person, however we will aim to share as much information as possible and there will also be the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.
Thank you to those who have already collected your information packs from the school office. If you are yet to do that, please do come and collect them as soon as you are able, returning the completed forms to us.
Wishing you a very restful weekend
Mrs L Knight
By now you will have received information about your child’s new class, their teacher and when they will be coming to visit us on Monday 20th or Tuesday 21st July. Our year R staff are all very much looking forward to meeting your children and showing them around their new classroom. Please feel free to ask any burning questions you may have, although visits are limited to 15 mins so you may wish to contact the school office before the visit to ask these questions thus enabling teachers to spend the time talking and playing alongside your child.
These visits are a very important part of the transition process as your child will begin to build a positive relationship with the adults they will be spending a great deal of time with in September. These early connections will mean your child is likely to settle more quickly when they join us after the summer break. During these visits teachers will also provide a little activity for your child to do over the summer. They will also give the children a transition photo booklet which the children will be able to look at to remind themselves of the adults and the learning area during the time between their visit and their start in September. Please do make every effort to attend these visits. If you are unable to attend we would be very grateful if you could inform us at your earliest opportunity.
On Monday you will receive further information about the Stay and Play visits and half day sessions in September.
Best wishes to you all.
Mrs L Knight
Dear Parents and carers of Reception pupils September 2020,
As a school we are committed to ensuring pupils have a positive start at St Peter’s, and that you as parents have all the information you need to feel confident when your child joins us in September. We have been busy putting in place carefully planned transition arrangements to support all our pupils, and are well underway with our plans to welcome 60 new pupils into Reception in St Peter’s in September.
Even with the national disruption caused by Covid-19, I am conscious of the need for new parents and their children to be able to meet their future Early Years teacher in person before the end of this summer term. Equally, we all know how important it is for young children to be able to see their future classrooms and learning areas for themselves before embarking on the next stage of their education. For 60 families to be able to visit the school site safely within the constraints of social distancing will take some organising, and these visits will need to take place over a period of time. It is my intention therefore to hold these Early Years acquaint meetings in school over the course of Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July.
On 6th July, together with information about who will be your child’s class teacher, you will also receive an invitation to come a visit our school and meet the members of staff who will be working in that particular class. In order to minimise the number of people on the school site at any one time, you will be given a 15 minute appointment to visit the classroom, meet their class teacher and ask any questions you may have. In order to adhere to social distancing guidance, there will be a one-way system in place for the visits. This meetings will be extremely useful for you and your child given that our usual July stay and play sessions will not take place this year, and I urge all of you to attend even if you already have older children at the school. Further details on how the visits will be organised will be provided when you receive your invitation.
Mr R Cunningham
One of the questions we are asked most at this time of year is ‘what should I be doing to get my child ready for school?’.
We ask that you don’t worry too much about the reading, writing and maths; we will be working on that together when the children have settled in September. The most helpful thing you can do is to talk with your child. Playing games, sharing stories, singing songs and having conversations all help to develop your child’s vocabulary which is one of the key factors in them being successful in school. In this busy digital age, conversation is often alongside the noise of a television or other device, or while we are distracted by rushing around. We ask that you set aside time ‘special time’, away from the distraction of technology, when you are not busy trying to get a dozen other things done, but time exclusively to share a conversation, book or rhyme, where you can discuss the wonders around us all or the things that most interest your child. These experiences help to build a wider vocabulary, support the skills of conversation and turn taking and also help to develop concentration skills and focus attention.
The government initiative ‘Hungry Little Minds’ provides further information about supporting children’s development.
Mrs L Knight
A huge welcome to all the families of our new Year R classes. We are very much looking forward to when your children join us in September. For those of you with children currently in school, the transition process will look a little different this year, however, we will be working hard to ensure your child’s start at St Peter’s is a positive one . We will be updating this blog weekly so please do visit us regularly.
Previously, at this time of year, we would be holding our first welcome meeting for parents where you would have the opportunity to meet some of our St Peter’s team. Whilst it is not possible to hold our meeting at this time, we still wanted to introduce ourselves to you all so have put together a short video.
Best wishes to you all,