Information for new starters - September 2020
This section of our website is especially for you, to provide information and support on how to make your child's transition to Primary school as smooth as possible in these uncertain times.
In the coming weeks we will be sending messages from our Reception class teachers, posting activities for you and your child to complete at home as well as providing parental information and useful downloadable forms for you to complete.
If you require any more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Reception Induction
This year, we are rethinking how to best engage with families and children in a brand new way as we attempt to remotely support both wellbeing and learning and Induction. But what does a Remote or virtual induction look like?
At Bleak Hill Primary we were clear from the start that we wanted to ensure children, parents and carers were given the opportunity to feel welcomed, set at ease and supported as they transitioned from their Nursery and Childcare setting.
We would usually include a meeting for parents, opportunities for children to visit the school setting for transition days and visit children in their childcare setting. This year a lot of these tried and trusted techniques have not been possible. So we’ve been thinking outside the box!
We identified the following aspirations based on this thinking....
¨ We wanted new families to feel a warm welcome to Bleak Hill ;
¨ We wanted to give families an opportunity to visualise the school setting and get a glimpse into life at Bleak Hill and the Reception Year;
¨ We wanted to give families the opportunity to share any worries, concerns, and excitement, and ask questions as they would in a face-to-face induction;
¨ We wanted families to start to become familiar with and to get to know staff, and for staff to begin to build relationships with families;
¨ We wanted some level of two-way communication, not just school giving information;
¨ We wanted to help children to start to feel familiar with the Reception environment;
¨ Most of all, we wanted families and children to feel a sense of belonging to the Bleak Hill community.
Welcome to our webpage! This should be a starting point. On the website you will find key information about the school including dates, uniform and induction pack information.
One of our steps was to establish a form of communication especially for new Reception children starting Bleak Hill. Therefore, we have set up Tapestry which is an online Learning Journal. Using The Tapestry Learning Journal will allow us to put all of the information, photos of the environment, videos, booklets, online sessions, video ideas and much more in one central place that would be easy to access for our new parents. You should have received your email to set up your account. We shall be sharing lots of exciting information with you very soon.
Please feel free to contact us if you require any more information using
Induction Meeting for Parents.
We very quickly decided that we wanted to film an induction meeting and tour of the school so that parents did not miss out on these essential sessions. Although there were negatives – such as not having the opportunity to meet families in person and answer any questions in a face-to-face meeting – there were many positives: using video and a range of areas in the school we could do a much better job of presenting the school environment, and we could cut out waffle and ensure that the messages had real clarity and were concise. In addition, a real benefit was that parents could watch and re-watch if they wish, when they chose to do so – no more worrying about child-care or running date/rescheduling other commitments as the meeting is on our school website.
Meet your teacher
Each of our reception teachers will be sharing videos via Tapestry. This will allow us to say ‘A big hello’. You will find out lots about who they are as well as listening to stories they are reading. This was vital for us at Bleak Hill they have a ‘familiar’ face they remember greeting them on day one can be the start of a trusting relationship.
You should have all now received your induction packs via email. This will contain the name of your child's teacher and house colour. Also included will be the school propectus and other key information.
If you use the tab at the top of the page labelled activities, we have videos and documents you can access to show to your children to prepare them for their big first day and what is to come. They are all there to promote excitement and also reassure.
We can’t wait to see you all in person and welcome you to the Bleak Hill community, but we hope, when that time comes, you will already feel like one of our family, as you always will be.
We can’t wait to see you all, stay safe and see you soon (Virtually or otherwise….)