Early Years Foundation Stage
Welcome to Wigmore Primary School
On behalf of all the children, teachers and governors we would like to thank you for choosing our school. On this page you will find everything you need to prepare your child for starting school in September.
If there is anything we have missed or you have any questions specific to your family, please do not hesitate in contacting the school.
This can be done by calling the school office on 01582 616101 or emailing [email protected]
Mrs Samin Qadri
Foundation Stage Leader
Mr Ben White
Assistant Headteacher for EYs and Key Stage 1
Useful information for Parents with children starting school in September
Transition to Wigmore Primary School
May and June – you will receive a letter from the school confirming your place at the school and asking you to complete the ‘Data collection sheet (found further down this page). Please complete this information as soon as possible. During this time leaders in the EYFS will be contacting and meeting with all feeder preschools to discuss the children starting in September.
Tuesday 29th June 2021 – Parents Transition Meeting. This is information evening will give you chance to meet the class teachers and Senior Leadership Team. We are requesting that just one parent attends this meeting to comply with our COVID risk assessment. Children will not be required to attend.
July – Each parent will receive a phone call appointment where we can talk about starting school and how to best support your child in their transition.
Monday 6th- Stay and Play Session 1 – 10am – 11am
Tuesday 7th – Stay and Play Session 2 -10am – 11am
Wednesday 8th – Stay and Play Session 3 -10am – 11am
Each child will attend one of the stay and play sessions above. You will be provided with further details including when to attend at the Parents Transition Meeting.
Thursday 9th- All children to attend for the morning and lunchtime – collection at 12:30
Friday 10th – All children to attend for the morning and lunchtime – collection at 12:30
Monday 13th September – Children will attend school full time.
We understand that the transition to ‘big school’ can be daunting and some children may need additional transition arrangements. If you feel your child will require this, please contact the school office or raise this at the phone call appointment.
Starting School e-books –
Please take a look at these e-books, specifically created to support with Transition to Wigmore Primary School. When you receive information on the name of your child’s class, you can select from the e-books below. They can be downloaded and printed and we recommend that you do this. If you do not have access to a printer, we can offer paper copies that can be collected from the school office. Please phone to organise a suitable time to collect. Please read this several times over the Summer to prepare your child for starting school. Children may also wish to bring their book to school on their first days at school in their brand new book bag.
Please ensure that all forms are completed and returned to school as soon as possible. For electronic versions of the welcome pack, please click on the files below Any electronic forms, please return to [email protected]
Preparing for starting School
Starting school can be an anxious time for both child and parent and at Wigmore we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. If your child has previously attended a pre-school or nursery, then the set-up of the environment and routines throughout the day will hopefully be similar.
The partnership between school and home is vital in ensuring a child’s well-being, therefore, teachers will be available at the start and end of each day to talk to parents/carers. Parents/Carers can also arrange to meet with their child’s class teacher at other times in school day if necessary.
It is important to talk to your child about starting school and we would recommend completing some simple but effective strategies:
- Firstly, look at the photos on this page. Ensure your child can recognise their class teacher(s) and have an idea of what the classroom will look like.
- Take a walk to the school gates over the summer. This will support with the first few days and establishing a new routine for September.
- Support your child in some basic self-help skills to develop their independence – toileting, zipping up coats and changing.
For further information on starting school check out the Flying Start website which has a useful video and further resources to support with starting school.
The Flying Start website can be found here – https://www.flyingstartluton.com/transition/parent-transition-resources/
If your child has any specific needs (medical or SEND) that we need to be aware of then please get in contact with the school office who will be able to arrange for you to speak to the most appropriate person in school.
Read Write Inc Phonics
For more information on how we teach Phonics at Wigmore, please check out these handy videos: