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Our reception outdoor area and playground

Video tour of our reception classroom

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Mrs Cahill our SENDCO reading a story

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Over the next few days you will receive a pack of paperwork that needs to be filled out and returned ASAP. If you have any questions about it please email or phone the school office.

We are so excited for you and your child to become part of the St Gildas family.  Normally our induction process would include you and your child being invited to school, however the current guidelines are preventing this happening.  Obviously if this changes, so will our process.  


This is a dedicated page for our new children and their parents/carers.  To be used to help prepare your child for how the classroom will look on their first day, together with toilets and the cloakroom. Starting school is a new challenge for many families, even those who have older siblings and who may already be familiar with St Gildas.  If your child attends a nursery, the staff there may be able to provide online support for this transition. 


BBC Bitesize Starting Primary School and BBC Tiny Happy people have lots of resources to help you have fun together at the same time as supporting their learning and sense of independence.  There is also advice on how to make your home a fun learning zone, and films to help your child to develop independent skills. 


Many schools encourage parents to prepare their child for school by showing them examples of how to get dressed and undressed for PE, recognising their own name in print so they can find their coat peg.  You could also encourage learning numbers, phonics and singing nursery rhymes.  Simply chatting to them whilst playing pretend games ie shops, or language games such as I-spy or reading a book will help your child to become school-ready. 


We know that things are uncertain at the moment, however this shouldn't effect the way you talk about transition with your children.  Whilst you might be feeling anxious about September, children are more resilient than we give them credit for and actually looking forward to starting school. 


These are unprecedented times and ironing out the details will take time, but rest assured we are doing all we can to ensure that we make your journey a successful one. 

The road to school