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Transition Arrangements

Over the next few weeks, we hope to provide as much of our usual transition programme as possible.  Unfortunately, circumstances may require a greater use of technology rather than face to face meetings.  All parents should now have received a Welcome Pack providing further information.  We would be grateful if all paperwork could be returned to school by 3rd July, 2020.  


Transition Programme


Family Phonecalls

Miss Golding, Early Years Leader, will make telephone contact with the families of New Entrants providing an opportunity for parents to share information about their child, e.g. hobbies and interests, feelings about starting school and details of any support they have at nursery.  Miss Golding will text families on Thursday, 11th June with the date and time she plans to call.


Tapestry Accounts

Tapestry is the online platform we use to upload the children's significant achievements at school.  We also encourage families to add to their child's profile with photographs, videos and comments about their achievements at home.  To support us in getting to know your child as well as we can before September, we have already set up accounts for your child.  This will allow you to start sharing updates with us immediately.  If you have any queries about how to use Tapestry, please contact the School Office before the Summer holiday so we can get these ironed out for you.  


Story Time Sessions

All our New Entrants will be invited into school on the morning of Tuesday, 1st September for a Story Time Session with their new teacher.  This will provide the opportunity for your child to spend some time in their new classroom before their first day at Sussex Road Primary School.  Further details regarding the time of the sessions will be sent out before the end of term.


Book Bag Deliveries

All children will have a Book Bag delivered to their home by a member of our staff before the end of term.  The Book Bag will contain a Tapestry User Guide, a gift from the school to enjoy over the Summer and a Transition Booklet.


Home Visits

Ordinarily, your child's teacher and teaching assistant would offer a Home Visit on the afternoon of the day before your child starts school.  Due to the uncertainty of the Government guidelines in September, we have decided to hold these meetings at school instead.  We encourage you to bring your child along so they can spend more time becoming increasingly familiar with their new classroom.  The meetings will be fully risk assessed and social distancing will be adhered to.  Come prepared with all those questions that have popped into your head over the Summer!  We will notify you of the time of your meeting in school before the end of term.


Staggered Start

We are mindful that many of our New Entrants may not have attended their usual nursery setting or play groups for quite some time.  For this reason, we are keen to enable all children to start school as soon as possible.  Rather than 4 children starting school each day, 8 children will join us over 8 days.  The first few days will be part-time allowing children to settle into new routines and expectations effectively:


START DATE - 14th September:        8:40am - 12:00pm

15th September - 18th September:   8:40am - 12:45pm (including lunch in school)

21st September onwards:                8:40am - 3:15pm (full-time)