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Woodthorpe Infant School

Be Kind. Be Brave. Be Happy.

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New Starters 2021/22

Welcome to our potential new families, 2021-22


Thank you for considering Woodthorpe Infant School for your child. If you are interested in finding out more about our school, please take the time to explore our website, where there is lots of useful information. In particular, please visit Children/ Year Group Pages/ Foundation 2 to see what our 2020 intake have been up to in their first few weeks at school. If you would like further information or to arrange a visit, please contact Sara Hunt or Heidi Bucknall in the school office and they will be very happy to help.


Please take a look at our virtual tour below to find out more about the school.

Woodthorpe Infant School is a place that wants everyone to "Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Happy" and we have an exciting curriculum designed to inspire, motivate and challenge all our children. In the Foundation Stage, this is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Social and emotional development, communication skills and physical development share equal importance with Literacy, Mathematics, creative development and awareness of the world around us, and most importantly, we promote the happiness and wellbeing of all our pupils. In 2020-21 we are an 'early adopter' school for the new Foundation Stage framework which will become compulsory nationwide from September 2021, so it is an exciting time for us as we continue to develop our curriculum to best meet the needs of our children.


We believe that the best way to ensure a positive start to school life is to have strong relationships between school, home, and nursery and childcare settings. As soon as we receive the names of the new children joining us, Sarah Tyler, our Foundation lead, will make contact with nurseries to find out more about the children coming to us and to support their transitions. It is therefore really helpful if you can ensure that this information is included on your child's school application. We then have a strong programme of transition which includes staff visiting children at nurseries, you and your children visiting us in school, and the option of a home visit so that by the time the children join us in September they are as familiar as possible with the staff and the setting. Unfortunately, with Covid-19 we had to make some adaptations to the process for the 2020 intake, but we remain hopeful that we can return to as many of our normal procedures as possible for 2021.


Provisional Dates for your Diary for the new intake 2021 (please keep checking this page as these dates may need to change)


Thursday 17th June - 6pm - New Parents' Meeting - School Hall

Meet Mr Hopkinson and the Foundation team and find out more about our school.


Thursday 1st July - AM - Stay and Play 

Visit your child's new class with them, meet the teacher and some of their new friends. We plan to divide the classes into smaller groups, each visiting for approximately 40 minutes. Parents to remain with their child throughout this session.


Wednesday 7th July - PM - Visit

Visit your child's new class with them, stay until they are settled and then leave them if you and your child are comfortable with this. Again, we plan to welcome the children in smaller groups for  approximately 40 minutes so that we can get to know you all better.


Wednesday 14th July - AM - Visit

All children to be invited to visit their new class together. Settle your child and then leave them to get to know their new classroom and friends, and parents are asked to settle their children briefly and then leave. This will be a slightly longer visit of 1 hour.


Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th July - Home visits

We are hoping to be able to offer your child a 15 minute home visit from their teacher and teaching assistant. This enables us to get to know your child better on a 1:1 basis (for example, it helps us to know about their favourite toys so we can make sure we have something similar available when they first come to school!) It is also a chance for you to tell us a bit more about them and ask any questions. There will be one day allocated for each class and we will send out details of how to book these in June.