A Child's first experience of school is a precious and memorable occasion. We therefore aim to ensure a smooth transition from home or pre-school to school, for both children and parents.
We do this through:
Inviting all parents to an induction meeting during the term before their child starts school. This meeting is led by the Headteacher and Foundation Stage Teacher.
The Foundation Stage class teacher meets with their current nursery or pre-school, allowing valuable discussion time with key workers.
We provide drop-in sessions during June and July where parents and their children can spend time in the classroom with the class teacher and teaching assistants.
The children have pre-school visits on two sessions where they can spend time in their new class with their new teacher before starting school. This usually happens in June/July.
Each child's individual needs are always taken into consideration and occasionally the induction plan is extended for particular children.
Pre-schools complete a pre-school transfer form, providing information about the child in relation to the areas of learning in the foundation stage curriculum.
Each Year R child is allocated a year 6 ‘Junior Buddy’ who will look after them through those first few weeks ensuring they know where to go and how to find their way about and that they have someone to play with at playtime.
As parents we realise that this is an important time for you as well and you may have many questions. At the induction meeting you will also be given your parent buddy’s contact details so you can contact them over the summer holidays if you have any concerns or question.
The children at St Mary’s are put together in what we call ‘family groups’ – usually two children from each class are put together in a vertical grouping throughout the school, creating a family group of around 14 children. At various times they get together in the life of the school, for example there is a Friday achievement assembly where the children are praised for their progress and positive contributions they have made to the life of the school.
There are family mornings at various times of the year, when each group will be led by the year six children in a range of activities they prepare and deliver, they will be together for the creative play day which takes place in the summer and they will provide mutual support and care within the daily life of the school.
We hope that the information provided will help answer some of those questions. The FAQs will also provide many answers to your questions. If however you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact the school office.
We often get asked ‘How can we help the school?’ or ‘We would like to give something back?’. This can be done in several ways by offering the school one, or all, of the following: ‘your time’ (by becoming a parent helper), ‘your expertise’ or ‘financial help’ through the school’s trust fund. See below for more information on how you can get involved, or contact the school if you wish to help with any aspect of school life, regularly or occasionally.
We enjoy and encourage parent (or grandparent!) helpers in school. Parents, family and community members come into school and help with a variety of activities, this help can be with reading, art/craft activities, sewing, ICT, swimming or school trips etc. We are always pleased to receive this extra help because we know how much it benefits every child. Please let your child’s class teacher know if you are happy to help.
Please note that volunteers who regularly help in school or on offsite visits will be checked by the DBS. The school office staff will assist you in this.