27 October 2021
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Welcome to Reception Year

Our normal provision to welcome Reception children is set out below. With COVID restrictions in place, this will all be subject to review for the 2022 intake.

Once offers for Reception places are made in April, we send out a Welcome Pack. This includes Admission forms and details of the events and activities that we have put in place to help you and your child through the process of starting school.

Our first event is a coffee morning and curriculum presentation. This is for parents only and is an opportunity for you to meet the class teachers, other parents, find out about the curriculum and how to prepare your child for school.

We also arrange virtual Home Visits for the summer term. This is a chance for the teachers and teaching partners to meet you and your child for 20 minutes or so.

In July, there is a taster session for your child where they visit their new classroom, meet the teacher and teaching partners, and familiarise themselves with their new school environment.

Finally the PTA organise a welcome evening in September. This is an informal get together so you can get to know other new parents.

Information on start dates, part time options, school uniform and the PTA are also included in the Welcome Pack.

Please see Preparing your Child for School for advice on what you can do to support your child before starting school and we produce a booklet 'Welcome to Claremont Primary School' which introduces the teachers, the classrooms and the routines. Please follow the link to our Early Years Policy and we are also an Early Adopter of the Early Years Reforms. Please see this document for a brief description of this and what the changes are.

Please see here for September 2021 start dates and times for Groups 1 and 2.

Our current Reception classes are Acorns and Saplings and below are short welcome videos, stories and the presentation from the Coffee Morning in June:



Coming into school:

Coffee morning presentation:

Mrs Bird reads a story:

Mrs Perry reads a story:

Mrs Gammage reads a story:

Mrs Smith reads a story:

Some words of advice from Reception parents whose children started in September 2020:

I was a little apprehensive about the gates drop off when my son first started as he is quite shy in large group situations. The teachers have been brilliant at spotting the children who are having a little wobble and distract them with an arm round the shoulder whilst talking to them about plans for their day. My son was actually ok at first and then started having more wobbles each morning hiding behind me, so Mrs Bird printed out his favourite monster truck and ever since he gets to put a gold star on the picture as soon as he gets in to the classroom - worked magically! And he proudly brings it home with his 5 gold stars each week.

Last year was a strange year for my only child to start school. There were both negatives and positives. So let’s start with the negatives. I didn’t get to see the class or check she was settled, yet the positive is she understood from the start I wasn’t allowed in and it was now big school. My daughter is very sensitive and found the idea of new school, not knowing anyone, no comforter and no mum coming running a hard process. The teachers alleviated this pretty quickly. They gave her the warmth and happiness she needed and enabled the transition to be easier. Yes we had days and still do when she doesn’t want to go but ideas like the heart on the arm to press if you need your mum, the star rewards for achieving have all helped. As a parent it breaks the heart seeing them upset but Mrs Bird and team always called if there was a problem to put my mind at ease. What’s cheeky is that in her final term in reception she told her nana. 'I love school, I love my teachers and being with my friends, it’s great fun, I’m just sad leaving mum that’s why I make the fuss'. So all I can say is that the independence has been great for her she has thrived and she has great people around her at school. She just knows how to pull my heart strings. You are in great hands. A very happy and grateful Sapling parent.
The 'hug button' idea that parents are using to help children nervous about starting school - Manchester Evening News

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