New Starters 2021
Hello to all the children and to all of the grown-ups who will be starting with us in September! We are really excited to be welcoming you all to our wonderful school.
It is important to us that both parents and children feel confident when joining Bemerton St John. We especially want the children to feel safe and secure and we recognise that, after what has been for many, such a strange year this might take a little time. But please be assured we are here to work with you to try to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Parent Information Session - 8th June 2021
Thank you to all of you who attended the meeting. We hope that you found it useful and gave you some ideas of how you can be preparing your child for the next phase of their learning journey and what to expect when your child joins us in September.
For those of you who were unable to attend, you will find the slides that we shared below. Please do take a few minutes to read through them and if you have any questions contact us via the school office.
1-1 meetings with Mrs Ford
As was discussed at the meeting we are inviting every child to come in to school with one parent for a 1-1 meeting with Mrs Ford and Mrs Hill. This currently takes the place of the Home Visits that we normally conduct. This 1-1 meeting is a chance for us to discuss anything that you feel might be important for us to know before your child starts with us. This might be around special dietary or medical needs, toileting issues, speech and language difficulties...or it might just be an opportunity for us to have a chat. When you and your child visit us, we would like your child to bring something that is important to them or something that they would like to share with us and that they can talk about eg an object, book, toy, photograph, model....And don't forget to bring the completed questionnaire with you for us to discuss.
Please do sign up for a meeting as we find it is a really valuable part of the induction process. In order to make an appointment, please contact Miss Beldham in the office to confirm the date and time you would like.
We will update this page regularly with new any new information you may find useful, so please keep checking back. In the meantime, there are a number of things that you can be doing at home to help prepare your child for this next step in their learning journey.
Click on the image below where you will find a video presented by President and childcare expert, Penny Tassoni, who explains some simple ways how you can help your child be "school ready". If you find the video useful and would like some more tips and advice you can visit the website by clicking here. Following the video is an 'at-a-glance' poster with further steps to prepare your child for starting school and for once they are at school. These skills need to be continually practised and revisited even once at school.
Reception baseline assessment: information for parents
You may have heard that as from September 2021 all children starting school in Reception will complete a short, task-based assessment of their early literacy, communication, language and mathematics skills when they begin school. This will be conducted by Mrs Ford in a 1-1 session once we feel that your child has settled in to the setting but no later than 6 weeks from our start date. Be assured that your child will not feel that they are being 'tested'.
For more information regarding the baseline assessment please click here. If you would like any further details please do speak to Mrs Ford.
Please find some frequently asked questions in the FAQ section below. If you have any other questions that haven't yet been answered please email us at email@example.com or phone us on 01722 322848.
Here are some questions that parents have previously asked. If you have any other questions please contact us.
Q. Can my child come to breakfast / afterschool club?
A. Once your child starts coming to school full time they can start Breakfast and/or Afterschool club. The clubs are popular so it's important to book and pay for your places in advance to avoid disappointment. Booking forms and agreements were sent out in July by email, but if you would like another copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast club currently costs £2.50 per child per session, and Afterschool Club costs £3.00 until 4.30 or £5.00 until 5.30. The charges are purely to cover our costs; we do not run the clubs for profit.
Q. How do I order school lunch for my child?
A. You don't need to book meals in advance; when the children arrive at school each morning they can choose from the menu for that day. Children can, of course, still bring a packed lunch from home if they prefer, and you are free to mix and match school lunches and packed lunches as you wish to.
Currently, school lunches are free for all children in Reception Class and in Years 1 and 2. Please let us know as soon as possible if your child has any dietary requirements.
Q. Where can I buy school uniform?
A. Kids Klobber on Endless Street have all of our badged uniform (polo shirts, sweatshirts, cardigans, PE hoodies and PE t-shirts). Kids Klobber also sell unbadged items (trousers/shorts, skirts/pinafores, summer dresses etc) but you are of course free to buy these anywhere. We ask that you please stick to the correct colours - please see our uniform page for more information.
Q. How do we get the children's new book bags?
A. Our wonderful parent teacher association, FoBS, provide book bags for all our new Reception children. Your child will receive their book bag from us here in school.
Q. What do children need to bring to school?
A. Children will need their book bag, water bottle and packed lunch (if bringing one from home) every day, plus a coat or sun hat, depending on the weather. We ask that they don't bring anything else into school unless it is absolutely necessary.
Q. What about PE kits and wellies?
A. Please bring your child's wellies on their first day at school. We have an outdoor storage area where we can keep them.
Children come to school in their PE kit on the days they have PE. This reduces the amount of stuff the children need to keep in school and also saves on changing time, especially for the little ones. We will let you know in September what days your child will have PE; it will not be on the first day back!
Q. When will Forest School start?
A. Forest School will start in Term 2, that is, after the October half term holiday. There is so much for the children to get used to during Term 1 that we feel it's best to wait a few weeks before we start Forest School. Children will still have plenty of opportunities to be outdoors in our outdoor play area during Term 1.
Q. What do children need for Forest School?
A. We will send you a letter nearer the time, but briefly they will need warm clothes and waterproofs as they will be spending lots of time (up to two hours) outdoors in all kinds of weather. Their clothes will get dirty, so please bear this in mind when you choose their outfit!
Q. My child has an inhaler. Where should he/she keep it at school?
A. If your child uses an inhaler, we ask you to bring one to keep in school. Please bring it to the office on the first day and fill in a short form. We will then make sure it goes to your child's classroom with the correct paperwork so that all the staff who take care of your child know what to do. Inhalers are then kept securely in the classroom and will be sent home at the end of each term so you can check it is still full and in date.
Q. Please can you remind me of the dates and times in September?
A. All children come back to school at 8.50 am on Thursday 2nd September 2021. For that Thursday and Friday and the whole of the following week (beginning Monday 6th September), children in Wrens will attend in the mornings only. Please collect your child at 11.30 from the Wrens gate.
Week beginning 13th September will be mornings plus lunch. Wrens will finish at 1.30 this week.
From week beginning 20th September the children will be in school full time. For Wrens this is 8.50 am - 3.05 pm.