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Starting School at Tudor in 2021

Welcome

We are delighted to be able to welcome you and your child to our Tudor Family. We are looking forward to meeting you, and to showing you our school. We know that this year, with COVID -19 may feel like a challenge for our new children joining. We understand that you probably have many questions for us too. We have sent out a pack today to you all that contains lots of information about starting school with us. Hopefully, this will answer many of your questions. In this pack, there are some forms for you to fill in and send back to us. Please phone us if you need any help with these forms. We are always happy to help.smiley

Soon, we will be sending your child a little 'Starting School' Pack. We will put the details of transition in there, and a little booklet for you to bring when you come for a tour. On this site there is a film of our rooms for you also to watch. 

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Mrs Ince is one of our teachers in Early Years. Here she is reading We're Going on a Bear Hunt. 

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Mrs Munnings is one of our Early Years teachers too. Here she is reading Kitchen Disco.

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September Transition Arrangements

Thank you all so much for your patience while we waited for guidance on our September opening.

We have written to you all today about our timetable for the start of September. We want to make this time as gentle and kind on you all as possible and we recognise that a lot of the activities we would normally have done, have not been possible this year. We know that a child starting school is a huge step to take but especially under these conditions. 

Please read the letter and we hope it will answer your questions but if you do have any further questions please don't hesitate to ask and we will do our best to answer them. 

This is the letter that we have sent out to you all, along with your 'Starting School' Packs.

Have a go at a few of these activities at home - they will help to strengthen your child's hands and fingers, ready for when we do some writing at school!

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yesPlay dough - squish it and squash it as hard as you can!

yesPicking up small pieces of paper or sequins to stick onto pictures can really make small finger nice and strong

yesBuild lego models, or balance bricks and make tall towers.

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We really encourage our parents to be involved in their child's learning and development as much as possible. Of course, this is tricky if parents work, but we use the online Learning Journey, Tapestry to keep all our parents up to date with their child's learning. We share photos and comments this way, and we hope that parents share comments and photos of the lovely things they have done at home together sometimes too.

Things to do

Here is a list of really useful things that you might like to start to think about, ready for when your child can begin school.

Complete the paperwork that we have sent out to you.

Start to talk about going to school with your child, a bit nearer the time. We will add some photos on here for you to use to help you.

Share as many books and stories as you can. Never stop talking, reading, singing and playing. As a parent, doing these things is one of the very best ways that you can prepare your little one for starting school.

You might feel that now is a good time to help your child to recognise their name. Help them to read their name, and perhaps have a go at learning how to write it too.

Jigsaws and simple 'snap' games are excellent ways to help early maths skills develop. Playing these at home will really help when starting school.

Our Early Years Area

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The children have made a little film to show our new families the important places in our classrooms. We hope you enjoy it! smiley

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All our staff who work in Early Years are trained in specifically supporting children to develope their language skills. We have received funding from the DfE to enable us to complete this training and purchase additonal resources to ensure our rooms are rich in language. We know how vital language development is to enable all children to develop to the best of their ability smiley

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