Early Years (Nursery and Reception) Starters September 2020
Welcome to Potten End C of E Primary School!
We are delighted that you and your child will be joining Potten End Primary School this coming September. On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community.
We are so sorry that, due to the current lockdown restrictions, we are unable to welcome you physically in to our building and grounds but we will be providing as much as we can online.
We hope that the information on this page will begin to answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September and assure you that we will update this page as new information is available about your child’s induction.
We will be talking to pre-school and nursery settings, as we always do, to find out where your child is in their learning. We will also be talking to you directly to find out about your child’s preferences; things they particularly enjoy, find difficult etc. These conversations usually take place within the context of stay and play visits to school and a home visit in the Autumn term, however if this is not possible, due to the current situation, we will think creatively to ensure that we receive all of the information that we need about your child.
Mrs Melanie Hall
Details about EYFS and the curriculum
The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child’s interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.
During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children’s interests and needs in mind. There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as we believe this is vital for children’s development.
Once the children are settled in school we hope to be able to provide opportunities for you to join us in the classroom to experience our learning environment. As soon as we can, we will also provide parental workshops to inform you of our teaching approaches, allowing for greater collaboration to support your child’s progress. In the meantime, you may find links below a helpful introduction to the Early Years Curriculum:
Frequently Asked Questions
We will be updating this page periodically but, for now, here are some Frequently Asked Questions that may help:
Q: Can I come and visit the school?
A: Not at the moment, but as soon as we are fully open, you may arrange a visit by contacting the school office by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01442 865022.
Q: My child knows no-one starting in September. Will they be OK?
A: Yes, they will be fine. Every year, we have children who know no-one else, and special care is taken of them by our very experienced staff who will help them to settle and make friends. You will be hearing about a whole new set of friends in no time!
Q: What do I do if I don’t think my child will like school or will get upset at the thought of starting school?
A: This is a very common occurrence. It is a massive change for your child…and indeed for you. Take a walk/drive past the school if you can and begin to explain the concept, especially if they are your eldest child. Talk with excitement about the things they may be doing or learning. When you go to buy their uniform/shoes/lunchbox, make this an exciting trip with a treat afterwards! Find one of the many, many storybooks about starting school and include this in your reading with them. Most importantly of all, if you are anxious or nervous, DO NOT SHOW THIS to your child.
Q: Will I have to complete any paperwork for the school?
A: Yes. This will be coming to you at various points over the next little while, and will include the answers to lots of other questions you may have. Please post it back to us as soon as possible so we can start processing your information ready for when the new children start.
Q: Where can I find information regarding school uniform?
A: Please click here
Q: Where can I find a prospectus?
A: Please click here
Q: What if I have another question?
A: Contact the school office by email on email@example.com or by phone on 01442 865022.