Induction Programme

For New Reception Pupils

In the spring term, parents and children are invited to attend an open session in school which is organised by our parent governors. All are welcome to wander around school, spending the afternoon getting a feel for school life. Time for a chat with other 'new' parents over a cup of coffee (and juice for the children) and a piece of cake, helps put everyone at ease and is the start to the all important networking process.

During the summer term, prior to starting school in September, pupils are invited to spend up to 4 sessions in school learning what life will be like for them in Class 1. Current Reception pupils help to look after them and show them where everything is.

There is a whole-school induction afternoon, which includes 'new' pupils, near the end of term, whereby all children join up with the class and teachers they will be with in September.

Over the summer holiday, the children are asked to put together a special booklet, which helps to introduce them to the Year 1's and teachers when they start in September; this includes, for example, photographs, drawings and important dates, like when their birthday is!

Parents of new starters are invited to attend a series of Induction meetings which give an insight in to the learning and teaching here at Redmile:

  1. Initial Induction/welcome meeting. At this meeting, parents are given a Welcome Booklet which answers many of the questions about daily routines as well as things needed in preparation, like a school book-bag, etc.
  2. Reading and writing workshop. The staff give an overview of how reading and writing are taught in Class 1 and how the parent-school partnership is critical to the success of their child's development. Illustrations of how we work with children on their reading, for example Guided Reading, and use of the Reading Record Book, are integral to this, as well as finding out about the reasons why we teach cursive handwriting right from the start.
  3. Numeracy workshop. This gives parents the opportunity to find out how we approach the teaching of mathematics in Class 1 and builds in time to have a play with some of the equipment their child will be using to help them learn.

Parents and children are invited to attend many of our summer events, eg. Family Fun Fete, which we hope helps them to feel welcome and part of our school community.

At the start of the autumn term, our Reception children begin school on a part-time basis: for the first week, one group stays for the morning session and the other arrives for the afternoon; this is reversed the following week. Pupils are given the opportunity to stay for a school dinner (see the school meals web site for sample menus) or bring in a packed lunch during the second week, in order to help them settle in to the lunchtime routines; the class teachers stay with them during this time to help them feel more at ease. Parents are invited to come along and preview the school meals and ask any questions about the choices and systems in place. By the third week, all children start school full time.

We welcome all suggestions from our 'new' parents to help further improve this very successful induction programme and encourage you to share them with the class teacher or myself at any time. Our priority is that all of our children are happy at school and if there is any thing more we could be doing to improve this, we welcome your views so that your child is the happiest they can be.

Also see: Induction of Reception Pupils into Vale of Belvoir Primary Schools (pdf)

Applying for a Place at Redmile School

Parents need to fill in a pink Application Form, available from school or online at the Leicestershire web site, and return either to school or County Hall (County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA).

For first time admissions, the deadline is 22 February 2009. County Hall notifies parents directly regarding the application and also informs school. We then send out information regarding induction visits.

For Children Currently at our School

During the summer term, children who will move classes the following academic year will spend a couple of sessions with their new teacher and new class. This helps them to 'picture' what it will be like and elevate any worries about routines that they have.

As we are a small school, there are many opportunities for children to work with different teachers and other children of all ages, so there are very few concerns and the transition is a happy one.

For Children Leaving at the End of Year 6

There are a number of systems in place to help our pupils move on successfully to Belvoir High School:

  1. Parents and pupils receive a school prospectus during the autumn and then visit term for a tour of the school (September).
  2. During the spring term, the Year 6 liaison teacher visits to talk to the Year 6 teacher/s and pupils.
  3. Early in the summer term, the Head teacher visits to talk to pupils and parents one evening after school.
  4. Transition projects are completed as part of curriculum-linked work, as well as homework, eg. a short biography, book reviews.
  5. A two-day induction takes place prior to the children starting in the autumn, enabling them to experience, for example, catching the school bus, meeting their tutor group, tasting the school meals and…working in a new environment!

Newsletters are sent to Year 6 every term and invites to attend concerts/shows are received periodically.

The transition arrangements are currently being reviewed and developed further, in light of the Vale reorganisation.

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