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Welcome to Thornford Church School. Agenda. Introductions – Mr Ian Bartle (Headteacher) Our team who support you and your child Parent Governor - Mrs Sonam Chhoki FTS (Friends of Thornford School) – Mrs Paula Goddard School Meals Club – Mrs Rachel Saddington

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  • Introductions – Mr Ian Bartle (Headteacher)
  • Our team who support youand your child
  • Parent Governor - Mrs Sonam Chhoki
  • FTS (Friends of Thornford School) – Mrs Paula Goddard
  • School Meals Club – Mrs Rachel Saddington
  • Breakfast Club – Mrs Zoe Dycer
  • PSA (Parental Support Advisor) – Mrs Jackie Scott
  • Extended Service – Mrs Andrea Cunningham
  • Tour of the school – led by Thornford School Senior Leadership Team (Mr Bartle, Mrs Rees & Mrs Wilkes) – in three groups
  • Presentation – ‘Your child starting school’ – by Mrs Sue Rees & Mrs Tina Wilkes (Senior Teachers + Reception Staff)
  • Class Activities – a chance to view a sample of activities that everyone could perform at home to help your children before school
  • Final question and answer session - in the hall
  • (approx finish 7.30)
  • Who’s who?
  • Atmosphere
  • The Class
  • Community and Cluster
  • Prospectus
  • Timings

There will be a few occasional days towards the end of the Autumn terms when your child will be invited to stay all day e.g. Christmas Parties etc.

preparing for school
Preparing for School

Fostering independence

  • Dressing and undressing
  • Coats – zips, shoes, laces/velcro
  • Toileting


  • Sharing
  • Choosing games
  • Putting things away/tidying up
  • Turn taking
eyfs early years foundation stage
EYFS – Early Years Foundation Stage

Based on six areas of Learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional
  • Communication Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development
personal social and emotional
Personal, Social and Emotional

Also an example of Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy and communication language and literacy.

learning encouraging a questioning mind and a sense of fun
Learning Encouraging a Questioning Mind and a Sense of Fun!!!

Speaking – Listening – Reading – Writing

  • Sharing Books and Rhymes
  • Rhyming Skills
  • Pencil control and hand coordination – drawing, cutting, write name (Capital letter to start with!)*


  • Counting
  • Recognising Numbers
  • One to one correspondence
  • Sorting
  • Naming shapes
  • Library books to share and enjoy.
  • Storytelling Books
  • Sound (Phonics) Books
  • Reading Scheme

(We will revisit this at the information afternoon in September)


Start of Day!

  • Bring your child around the school to the Reception Play Area.
  • At 8.55 you will be greeted by the classteacher or classroom assistant
  • Your child will enter through the conservatory door and should hang up their coat etc on the hook with their name
  • They should put their book bag in their named tray and their red communication book in the appropriate box

End of Day!

  • Collect your child from the conservatory door
  • Your child should always say ‘goodbye’ to the adult once they have been collected
what your child will need
What your child will need
  • School Uniform (see prospectus for further information)
  • Book Bag
  • PE Kit
    • This should be in school at all times in a named bag..
    • All items of clothing should be clearly named
    • Hair should be tied back if long
    • No jewellery – including stud earrings

Please check your child’s daps fit on a half-termly basis and names have not washed out of clothing.

the first two weeks
The First Two Weeks
  • Establishing routines
  • Developing Independence
  • Home Learning
    • Your child will come home with a library book for you to enjoy and share together.
  • Enjoying all areas of Learning

Settling in – having fun!

next steps a learning culture
Next Steps – A learning Culture
  • EYFS Profile
  • Information Evening in September
  • TermlyReport Cards and Parents’ Information Evenings

Please let us know of any thing that is worrying you or your child straight away!