Welcome to our 2021 children and families
We are delighted to welcome our 2021 intake to Woodthorpe Infant School. We are looking forward to getting to know all of you, and we hope you enjoy being part of our school community. In the next couple of weeks, you will receive an information pack from school providing some details about us, and requesting some from you. Please follow this link https://forms.office.com/r/fmWzvbdHnU to let us know a bit more about your child, their friendships and interests (the link is also provided in your welcome letter).
Sarah Tyler, our Foundation lead, will also be contacting nurseries to find out more information about your child, so please make sure that nursery staff know that your child will be moving to Woodthorpe.
We can't wait to meet you at our new parents' meeting and in our transition sessions. In the meantime, please keep checking this page which will be updated regularly with information and photographs to share with our new starters. You can also explore the school with the virtual tour below.
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 10th June - 6pm - New Parents' Meeting - School Hall (*PLEASE NOTE THIS DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM THE DATE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED*)
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.
Thursday 8th July - PM - Visit (*THIS DATE HAS ALSO BEEN CHANGED*)
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 - Individual "Meet the Teacher"
Parents will be able to book a 15 minute meeting with their teacher and teaching assistant online via Microsoft Teams. (We have used this system successfully for parents' evenings this year.) This will enable 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.