Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to Wigmore Primary School
On behalf of all the children, teachers and governors we would like to thank you for choosing our school. As things are a little different this year, we have put together
this page with all of the information you need to prepare for starting school in September.
If there is anything we have missed or any questions specific to your family, please do not hesitate in contacting the school.
This can be done by calling the school office on 01582 616101 or emailing email@example.com
Mrs Samin Qadri Mr Ben White
Foundation Stage Leader Assistant Headteacher for EYs and Key Stage 1
Starting School e-books - NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Please take a look at these e-books, specifically created to support with Transition to Wigmore Primary School. When you receive information on the name of your child's class, you can select from the e-books below. They can be downloaded and printed and we recommend that you do this. If you do not have access to a printer, we can offer paper copies that can be collected from the school office. Please phone to organise a suitable time to collect. Please read this several times over the Summer to prepare your child for starting school. Children may also wish to bring their book to school on their first days at school in their brand new book bag.
What will happen in September?
On Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th September your child’s class teacher will contact you via telephone to introduce themselves and answer any questions or queries you or your child may have. If for any reason you are not available to speak then, do not worry, we will try again another time.
Then, the following week you will be invited attend a Stay and Play Session in school. This may be on Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September. All sessions will start at 10am. This will be an opportunity for your child to meet their class teachers and spend some time in their classroom. There will also be a parent information session held in the main hall during this time and if children are settled, they will remain in the classroom with their class teacher whilst the parent meeting is taking place. The session should last no longer than one hour. On the day, please enter the school via the front gate where school staff will be on hand to direct you to the classroom door. If you have not already provided a copy of your child’s birth certificate, please bring it in on this day to be processed by the school office team.
Pupils will then start school full time on Monday 14th September. Further details on start times and the first few days of school will be shared during the Stay and Play sessions and via the school website
Information for parents
Preparing for starting School
Starting school can be an anxious time for both child and parent and at Wigmore we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. If your child has previously attended a pre-school or nursery, then the set-up of the environment and routines throughout the day will hopefully be similar.
The partnership between school and home is vital in ensuring a child’s well-being, therefore, teachers will be available at the start and end of each day to talk to parents/carers. Parents/Carers can also arrange to meet with their child’s class teacher at other times in school day if necessary.
It is important to talk to your child about starting school and we would recommend completing some simple but effective strategies:
- Firstly, look at the photos on this page. Ensure your child can recognise their class teacher(s) and have an idea of what the classroom will look like.
- Take a walk to the school gates over the summer. This will support with the first few days and establishing a new routine for September.
- Support your child in some basic self-help skills to develop their independence – toileting, zipping up coats and changing.
For further information on starting school check out the Flying Start website which has a useful video and further resources to support with starting school.
The Flying Start website can be found here - https://www.flyingstartluton.com/transition/parent-transition-resources/
You should have received letters through the post containing information and forms to complete. There are copies here for your reference or for you to complete electronically if you would prefer.
Please ensure that all forms are completed and returned to school as soon as possible. For electronic versions of the welcome pack, please click on the files below Any electronic forms, please return to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child has any specific needs (medical or SEND) that we need to be aware of then please get in contact with the school office who will be able to arrange for you to speak to the most appropriate person in school.
What will happen in September?
At this stage, we are still not entirely sure what ‘school’ will be like in September. However, we will ensure that before the children start school, there is an opportunity for you and your child to come in and meet the teachers in person through ‘Stay and Play’ Sessions. We will also hold parent information sessions. At first, children will not attend for the whole day although we will aim to have pupils in full time as soon the children are settled and happy in school. As previously mentioned, well-being is vital in ensuring a smooth transition and therefore we can be flexible for any pupils who may require additional time to settle into new routines.
Unfortunately, this year we are unable to offer Parent Information workshops in July, however, we have provided you with the same information. This will be clarified and shared again at workshops in September which will be open to all parents.
Read Write Inc Phonics
For more information on how we teach Phonics at Wigmore, please check out these handy videos: