St Paul's Catholic Primary School
A Voluntary Academy
Aspire not to have more but to be more – St Oscar Romero
In the last year of pre-school the children participate in as many shared activities as possible in order to prepare them for starting school. This may include visiting school to watch a class assembly, or Christmas performance, as well as shared play based activities with the Recpetion class and teachers. The children also spend time playing alongside Class 1 and mingling with the Reception staff in the outside shared play area.
The children are often involved in topic based play and activities with the Reception class, such as coming to the classroom to share a 'teddy bears' picnic or the Reception children visiting pre-school to share a class story or information book they have written for them.
In the Summer term the Reception teachers spend time visiting pre-school to engage in play activities and share stories. The children are invited to make a number of visits towards the end of the Summer term to spend time preparing for their first few weeks in school making work to be displayed on their arrival in September.
Prior to the visits to school in the Summer term a parents information evening is held enabling new parents to find out information about the curriculum in the first year of school, look at and order uniform, meet the members of staff and visit the Recpetion classroom and ask any questions they have about their child starting school.