The Foundation staff will endeavour to meet your child in their pre-school setting during the months prior to July. Also the children and staff from local settings are invited to attend events at St Andrew’s throughout the year, for example our Harvest Festival in the Autumn, our Christmas Nativity play in December and our Easter Bonnet parade in the Spring.

In June all new parents are invited to an introductory information meeting, with an opportunity to meet the staff who will become a very important part of your family life.

Among other things you will receive a personal welcome letter written by a Year 5 child and a special booklet for your child.

In order to ease the transition from home and pre-school to the Early Years Foundation Stage class, children are then invited to spend an afternoon session before the end of the summer term, alongside the current Reception class. On the last Wednesday of the Summer term all the new Reception class children are invited to spend the morning together in their new classroom.

During the first week in September, children attend school for one morning only in small groups. Parents are invited to make an appointment to meet the teachers during these first afternoons. During the first half term, pupils attend for mornings only. In October parents are invited to a meeting to learn about helping their child to learn to read. After half-term, the children may attend full-time if you, and we, feel they can cope. Also in October there is an opportunity for parents to meet with the staff to discuss their child’s progress against the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

The Reception classroom has its own cloakroom, toilets and enclosed outside area providing a safe, appropriate, attractive and stimulating environment for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Our aims are to develop a love of learning, for children to acquire enthusiasm and confidence, independence and to learn to care for others and the world around them. These attributes will be built upon throughout their schooling.  All the staff work closely together to make the very best provision for the children so as to ensure a happy and productive time at St Andrew’s Primary school.

At the New Parents’ Evening in July you will receive a pack containing the following documents:

How can I help my child with Reading
How can I help my child with Maths
How can I help my child with Writing
Advice for Parents whose children are about to start school
Snack Time for Early Years Foundation Stage Children