Reception Starters September 2021
It is our absolute pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school. We hope that you are all keeping well and that your child is excited about starting school in September. Your child will be in Blue Whale and their teacher will be Mrs Walsh and the Teaching Assistant Ms Kamber. Both staff have experience of teaching children in the Early Years.
To help with your transition into Blue Whale, we have set up this page so that we can share with you as much information as we can to help you and your child have a happy and successful start at King William Street CE Primary School. Starting school is such an important time for each child and we will do all we can to help you and your child feel welcome, confident and excited about this new adventure.
If you have received one of our Welcome letters, please can you return the acceptance slip to school ASAP.
As soon as we receive your acceptance slip, we will drop off a 'Welcome Pack' to you which contains lots of information. Please can you return the completed forms to school.
Week beginning 17th May, a 'Welcome to Blue Whale' postcard will arrive through your letterbox. This will be addressed to your child-please share this together.
On 24th May, Mrs Walsh and Ms Kamber will publish ‘Five things you should know about me’ on this page for you to share with your child. In return we were hoping you would complete ‘Five things you should know about me’ alongside your child and email it back to school using firstname.lastname@example.org
Week beginning 21st June, Mrs Walsh and Ms Kamber will visit each child and drop off an induction bag to your house. Inside you will find some information leaflets, a Brilliant Beginnings task, and an invitation to come to visit our school on Friday 9th July, Friday 16th July and again on Monday 19th July.
On Monday 28th June, you are invited to a 'Welcome to Blue Whale' Meeting at 6:00pm. You will have an opportunity to meet staff, governors, KWS Friends, school uniform supplier as well as taste some of our delicious home cooked school meals and explore the Blue Whale classroom. We look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have.
On Friday 9th July, your child will visit us for the first time from 9:00-10:00am. You are also invited to come into school for 'Coffee and Cake.'
On Friday 16th July, your child will visit the classroom from 9:00-10:00am and once again, you are invited to join other parents/carers for 'coffee and Cake' in the school hall.
On Monday 19th July, your child will visit the classroom from 1:30-2:30pm once again. This will be their final visit before they start school in September.
We are very proud of our school, the children and the values we hold and we look forward to welcoming your family into our King William Street CE Primary School family.
How can I help my child get ready for school?
Being school ready involves encouraging your child to develop skills which help them to be independent and ready to learn. These skills range from eating and self-care to listening and turn taking.
The Road to School
Here are some other ideas of things you could do to help your child feel ready
• Walk past the school so they can see where they are going.
• Talk about what they are looking forward to.
• Practise getting dressed in their new uniform.
• If their name is on a label in their clothes, show them where and what to look for.
• Is there anything they are worried about?
• Play games together which practise turn taking or sharing.
• Play 'schools' together.
• Give them some words/phrases to help them ask for help from an adult.
• Practise asking to go to the toilet and going to the toilet themselves.
• Tell your child what you will be doing while they are at school – so that they don't worry about you!
Steps to starting school
Build your child’s confidence so that they start school confident, curious and ready to learn. Access more great advice, tips and downloadable resources at www.pacey.org.uk
BBC Bitesize also offers some great advice from professionals and some videos you can share with your child.
Also a 'First day at School' game which you may find useful.
The National Literacy Trust’s new project, Small Talk, aims to support the language development of children under the age of five. An everyday guide to chatting, playing and reading with your child https://small-talk.org.uk/
Hungry Little Minds has been launched by the Department for Education with lots of fantastic ideas for early learning: http://www.hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
This leaflet called 'Summer Talk' has lots of games and activities you could try when you are out. For example why not try the Trolley Challenge on page 6 when you are shopping or Car Challenge on page 7 when you are on a long car journey or involve the whole family in a Sports Challenge on page 10. There is even Kitchen Fun on page 111 if you are stuck inside.
Please complete this Pupil Information and Contact Form and return to school.
Please complete this E-Safety Agreement and return to school.