We’re keen to work as closely as possible with you all the way through your child’s time at primary school, and perhaps Early Years is the most important time to get this right. Like other teachers, staff are available to speak with you at the start and end of your child’s session. There’s usually a chance to have a quick word with one of the team when you drop your child off or collect them. When you’re in, you’re welcome to have a look through your child’s Learning Journey book, too.
Learning happens at school and at home. We want to hear about some of the learning that happens at home. This might be a ‘wow moment’ when your child does something really special at home, such as putting on his/her shoes, drinking from a cup independently, riding a bike without stabilisers, writing their name, reading signs on the street etc. Equally, it might be other learning moments, such as your child re-telling a story they heard at school, choosing to count steps, recognising bus numbers or your child writing a shopping list. Please tell us about these home learning moments: send us an email (email@example.com for Nursery and firstname.lastname@example.org for Reception – please note this email is not checked on a daily basis) or make some notes on this form. As well as a great way to celebrate your child’s development, knowing about the learning which is going on at home will mean staff can make sure they encourage your child to practise or apply the skills they’ve shown.
Sharing information about what your child enjoys and is interested in is important. The Early Years team take on board the interests of the class and plan future topics around them. Using our Talking Together document can be a good way to share information. It can also be a good prompt for valuable talk at home and at school – a fundamental aspect of learning.
Don’t forget to come to our ‘Relax and Read’ or ‘Stay and Play’ sessions – look out for when these happen. They’re a great way to join in with your child’s learning. Occasionally during the year, you’ll be invited to a session to observe phonics and maths being taught – do come along to get ideas about how to support your child.
See the Transition section below for how we work with you to secure a positive start to your child’s primary school years.