Induction to Reception Class
During the summer term, following notification from the LA, children and parents are invited to take part in an Induction programme prior to their September start. This includes a Parents Open Evening and children's involvement in a morning visit to school.
The Open Evening is intended as an information session and opportunity for parents to ask questions about arrangements for starting.
Information is also shared with parents for a staged September start whereby the children build up to a full day attendance i.e. Week 1 - mornings only; Week 2 - morning & lunch; Week 3 - full day attendance.
When children start in reception class, they are paired with a child in the final year of primary, Year 6. This is called the 'Buddy System'.
The Buddy System has been in use for several years and has been very successful. All children involved have found it a wonderful experience.
Buddies are fun for Year 6 and Reception. Year 6 go to assembly with them and sit with them. Buddies might even get each other presents. Year 6 visit their reception buddy each break time and play games with them. It is a great way for Year 6 to bond with reception children. The reception children also look up to their buddy, which means Year 6 have to be good role models!