For New Parents

Welcome and Information Evening for New Parents 2019-20

Your child will enter the Reception year group which is FS2, part of the Foundation Stage. There will be 2 classes in this September 2019-20 cohort.


We would like to invite you to an Information Evening on Thursday 20th June 2019. Please arrive from 6pm for a 6:15pm start. The meeting will be held in the infant school hall (accessed via main office). We will talk you through an information pack containing:


  • Your child’s class teacher and support staff in FS2
  • Individual start days and times for September
  • The first two weeks – what to expect
  • School uniform
  • Home visits
  • School Dinners
  • A 'typical' day in FS2
  • Pre and after school care providers

The meeting will close at approximately 7:15pm, with an opportunity to ask further questions and visit the FS2 classroom. 


We strongly recommend that you attend the meeting to feel fully prepared for your child to start school, however, if you are unable to attend the meeting we will ensure that information packs are sent to you in the post.




Transition Visits


Please note: there is an error on the 'Important Dates' sheet that you will have received in your welcome pack. The dates for the 'drop in' and whole class visits are correct as stated here and in your initial welcome letter. Apologies for any confusion.

We will be in touch with our local pre-schools and nurseries allowing us to find out more about the group of children coming up. Although we have 17 childcare providers feeding into our school this year, a large proportion of children come from nurseries in the village - First Steps Nursery and Kingswood Daycare. As such, we have arranged some times for these children to visit as a group with their nursery leaders. These visits will be taking place at these times:


Tuesday 18th June 9:30-10:20am and 11-11:50am

Wednesday 19th June 9:30-10:20am

Thursday 20th 11-11:50am

Tuesday 25th June 9:30-10:20am and 11-11:50am

Thursday 27th June 9:30-10:20am and 11-11:50am


If your child does not attend First Steps or Kingswood, we would like to invite you to join us for these sessions so your child can familiarise themselves with our school. You are welcome to attend as many or as little of these sessions as you like - please just phone our school office so we know to expect you.


As well as these visits, you are welcome to bring your child to two further sessions. One of these will be on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 and is a chance for the new classes to meet together. For this session we would ask you to leave your child with us and return to pick up at the end of the session. Once you find out which class your child is in you can bring your child to the following session:


Miss Bradley’s new class: 9:10-10:20am, Tuesday 2nd July


Mr Smith’s new class: 10:40-11:50am, Tuesday 2nd July


You will also have the opportunity to bring your child to a transition morning on Friday 5th July 2019 when you can ‘drop-in’ between 9:15-11:15 to stay and play with your child. This is a great opportunity to see your child in our setting, meet new parents and speak with school staff.



Starting School


When new children start our school in FS2 we very much enjoy visiting you and your child at home during the first 2 weeks of term. We find this is a very positive start to your child’s education and know that it is a much anticipated and talked about event. Home visits are optional, but provide you with quality 1-1 time with school staff with an opportunity to ask questions and tell them all about your child and their interests. Home visits will be carried out during the afternoons of the first two weeks of term. To enable us to do this, children will attend for mornings only during this time. More information about the home visits will be provided at the information evening.



Past experience confirms that our gradual introduction process to school allows your child to ‘find their feet’ and to build up stamina to fully engage in all the new experiences and new relationships. Although some children already attend nursery full time, we tend to find that even these children find these first two weeks tiring and parents have reported the positive impact of having half days to fully prepare them for the rest of the term.


 

There will be a staggered entry over the first four mornings 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th September (details to follow at the information evening, or posted if you are unable to attend) to enable your child to have a personalised 1-1 greeting and time with their new teacher. Again, past experience has shown that this is a gentle way of introducing your child into the class, enabling that all important 1-1 greeting and recognition of your child’s special, first day of school.


 

Children will attend full-time from Monday 16th September, 2019.  We encourage you to give your child the experience of lunchtime in school on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th (1:20 p.m. pick up) before starting full time.



Monday 2nd September

Tuesday 3rd September

Wednesday 4th September

Thursday 5th September

Friday 6th September

INSET DAY

No children in school

INSET DAY

No children in school

Staggered starts.

 

11:50am pick up.

Staggered starts.

 

11:50am pick up.

Staggered starts.

 

11:50am pick up.

Monday 9th  September

Tuesday 10th September

Wednesday 11th September

Thursday 12th September

Friday 13th  September

Staggered starts.

11:50am pick up.

 

11:50am pick up.

 

11:50am pick up.

All children stay for lunch.

1:20pm pick up.

All children stay for lunch.

1:20pm pick up.

Monday 16th September.

All children begin full time (8:35am-3:10pm)


School Uniform


School uniform can be ordered direct through ‘School Trends Online’. Currently we would not advise parents to buy from market stalls or a company that is advertising our school uniform online, other than the one signposted by school. Buying school uniform from School Trends also contributes a little towards school funds as we get 5% of any sale.  (Details about our dress policy can be found on our website and a

link to School Trends under the ‘Parent Information, Uniform’ tab). More information about what your child will need will be given during the information evening.

Classes for 2019-20


School will be in discussion with nurseries regarding the needs and interests of the children joining us in September. Should parents feel there are new or longer term friendships which are working well and conducive to easing transition to school, we ask that you put this in writing to school via the email address below with the title of ‘EYFS new classes’:

 

classmixing2019@dore.sheffield.sch.uk


Please provide this information by Friday 31st May 2019 at the latest. Please note that this is not a request for who you would like your child to be with; we see starting school as a fantastic opportunity to foster new learning partnerships; we will however be mindful of any information provided when organising the classes.

 

Admissions Information


Please complete the admissions form sent in the post and return it to the school office as soon as possible. It is vital that we receive this information from you prior to September 2019.







Other information
Dore Primary School also uses an online payment system for trips and residentials.  We do not accept cash in daily systems. More information will be given when your child starts school.
 
We very much welcome the involvement of our parents both in the education of the children and within school life.  We very much value our Parent Volunteers - see the Getting Involved page.
 
The Sheffield Parents' Assembly brings together mothers, fathers and carers from across the city to be part of decision making around services for children, young people and families.

See below for some helpful information about speaking and listening and other skills that you can begin to develop and practise at home prior to your child starting at school.
 

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