Information for parents with children starting in Reception in 2021
Thank you for choosing Paulton Infant School as the educational setting for your child to join in September. We are looking forward to welcoming them, and you, into our community. Please direct all enquiries to the general school email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com
Over the coming weeks and months we will be adding information to this page to help you and your child get to know the school and understand the transition process. We recognise that circumstances are different at the moment and it may not be possible to visit the school so we will do our best to re-create the experience virtually on here. Please explore other pages of this website to help get a feel for the school too.
Transition into Reception
At the moment the current 'roadmap' out of lockdown has the majority of restrictions being lifted on June 21st. With this in mind, we have begun to timetable potential opportunities for children and parents to visit the school in Term 6. We know that juggling work and childcare can be very challenging so want to give you as much notice as we can. Updated information is highlighted. Please remember the following is a draft and as such is subject to change.
Each child to be allocated one Stay and Play slot to come and explore our classrooms and outdoor area with a parent. Four slots available: Tuesday 22nd June 3-4pm and 4:30-5:30pm; Thursday 24th June 3-4pm or 4:30-5:30pm. These visits are going ahead despite the anticipated relaxation of Covid restrictions not occurring. To remain safe, play opportunities will be based outdoors. Adults and children can enter classrooms in limited numbers at a time to look around but not play indoors. Adults are to wear when masks indoors. Teachers will remain outdoors and are looking forward to meeting you all.
Each child to be allocated one 45 minute Stay and Play slot to attend without their parents on either the morning of Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th June or Thursday 1st July. Different time slots have been allocated.
Friday 9th July - parents/carers to be informed of their child's class.
All children to visit after school on 15th July 3:15 - 4:00pm without their parents to visit their new classroom and meet their teacher. CANCELLED Due to rises in Covid in the area and a number of staff needing to isolate we are unable to offer this visit. Please see new videos from the class teachers below.
Induction into Reception in September
It is very important to us that our children experience as smooth a transition into school as possible. We want to ensure we have time to get to know the children and they get to know us. Also, as we have such a large number of children all joining Reception at the same time, it is imperative we establish routines and expectations in a calm and measured manner. For these reasons, we offer a staggered start to the year in September. Children will attend for parts of the day and build up to full days.
The following induction timetable is subject to change depending on government advice.
Learning in Reception
To find out more about how we learn in EYFS at Paulton Infant School watch this video. You can also check out our EYFS page and the EYFS termly pages which have become increasingly detailed since the need for home learning.
Meet the Reception Teachers
Please click on each photo to watch them reading their favourite stories.
Mrs Upham Miss Ireland Miss Light
Our colleague and friend, Sonia Mainstone-Cotton from Brighter Futures has kindly let us share this wonderful book about starting school. Please click on the link Starting School Book to enjoy with your child.
If your child is feeling anxious about starting school here is a social story that might help them.
Important Documents to Read (to be updated soon for 2021)
Uniform is available from https://www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/paultoninfant
Our school dress code can be found here.
Your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. This supports their learning and pays for activities such as swimming lessons and school trips. It also provides them with free school meals when they leave the infant school. This link Pupil Premium Funding takes you to the Government online application form.
As we are now unable to meet the children on 15th July, we have created some videos to show you around your new classroom:
Welcome to Opal Class
Welcome to Jade Class
Welcome to Ruby Class
Meet the EYFS Team 2021