A very warm welcome to all our Reception September 2020 families! We are delighted to welcome you to Ellel St. John’s Primary School and we can’t wait to meet you all!
Over the coming weeks we will be adding information to help support our families with a child starting school in September.
Mrs Tyson (Acorn Class Teacher)
What will happen in September? – Stay and Play Sessions September 2020
A child’s transition into education is an exciting time for families. However, it can often raise questions from parents about how life is going to change. What will primary school life be like? And what can they do to help give their child the very best start?
To help answer some of these questions the Starting Primary School campaign offers a toolkit of practical advice, support and resources for parents, guardians and children across a wide range of areas including school life, daily routine, sleep and how to support children practically and emotionally. Starting Primary School also provides video and articles for parents from experts, teachers and parents.
Preparing for school:
Get a feel for our Acorn Class by checking out our current class web page – https://ellelstjohns.school/classes/acorn-class/
Here you will find classroom photos, information, curriculum links, timetables etc.
Dear Parents / Carers,
We are delighted that your child has been given a place at our wonderful school. We have a very experienced staff team who are all looking forward to meeting you and your child.
The current school closures in pace due to COVID-19 are presenting an unprecedented situation for us all, but we want to reassure you that our EYFS team are working hard behind the scenes to make sure your children have the best possible start to their school life.
Schools are responding to daily government advice right now and therefore we are currently unable to provide you with our usual program of transition. The health and safety of your family and our school community are priority. However, we will do our very best to offer you and your child a smooth and happy transition.
In the coming weeks we will send out induction packs with key information and forms which will need returning to the school. We will use the email, phone numbers and postal addresses you provided the Local Authority with when you applied for your school place. If you need to update your contact details please let us know.
We are proud of how closely we work with our families to support the education and well-being of our pupils. We will give every effort to helping your child settle in to school life quickly and happily.
Thank you for choosing Ellel St. John’s and welcome to our school community; we cannot wait to meet your little stars as they start their seven-year adventure with us.
There are a wealth of websites and publications to help support you and your child as they begin the next stage of their life journey, below are just a few:
‘What to expect, when’ https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf
Parents Guide to School Readiness- https://www.childcare.co.uk/information/school-readiness
Parents in Touch- https://parentsintouch.co.uk/
Talk4 Meaning- https://talk4meaning.co.uk/every-child-a-talker/links/
Getting Ready for School- https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/starting-school/getting-ready-for-primary-school/
Lancashire Home Learning documents
Communication and Language- http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/download/file/Communication%20and%20language%20Skills%20(1)1111.pdf
Kim’s Game http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/download/file/Kims%20Game.pdf
Physical Development- https://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/download/file/Physical%20Development%20EYFS%20-%20Home%20School%20Learning%20-%20%20Ideas%20and%20Activities%20(2).pdf
Junk Modelling- http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/download/file/Let%20Do….Junk.pdf
Understanding of the World-http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/download/file/Understanding%20the%20world%20-%20EYFS%20Home%20school%20learning%2007.05.pdf
Home School Learning- http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/early_years/index.php?category_id=175
The Book Trust- https://www.booktrust.org.uk/
Hungry Little Minds- https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Small Talk from the National Literacy Trust- https://small-talk.org.uk/
Tiny Happy People (Communication and Language)- https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people
Keeping your under 5 safe online – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/keeping-your-under-five-safe-online/
Top tips for starting school include:
Don’t worry, be happy.
Don’t be shy or nervous. Be brave.
Be kind and you’ll make lots of friends.
Have a good breakfast to make you strong.
Eat your school lunch for energy.
Eat healthy snacks.
Practise putting your uniform on.
Practise getting dressed in the morning and getting changed for PE.
You don’t need to unfasten all your buttons.
Read your favourite books with your family.
Practise writing your name.
It will all turn out great!