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Starting School

We are so excited to welcome you to the St. John's family. We can't wait to meet you but we would love it if you could have a look at the information on our website. It should give you an overview of what life is like at St John's. We follow the EYFS curriculum, building on children's knowledge and skills from their Nursery journey. We learn through a wide range of play based, active learning opportunities in our indoor and outdoor classrooms.

We hope you find the information helpful and we are looking forward to meeting you all soon.

The Early Years team

Useful Information

In EYFS, we use Seesaw to record evidence of learning for each child. We are able to share this with parents and carers, which provides a great home - school link and enables teachers and parents to be part of their child's learning journey.

As part of the child's transition to starting school, parents and child will meet with a member of the EYFS team to complete an 'All About Me' booklet. 

This is a great way for us to get to know your child's interests and also provides a great basis for talk and discussion. They will also be invited to a 'Stay and Play' session and a storytime picnic. In Nursery, the children's start dates are staggered over a two week period to give each child the best possible start. In Reception, the majority of children start school with the rest of the school in September but transition and the start to school can be tailored to a child's individual needs if appropriate. 

At St John's, we feel parental partnership is a very important part of the children's learning journey. We want you to be fully involved in your child's learning. We regularly post learning updates and learning stories on our website and on Seesaw and parents are encouraged to add comments to Seesaw. We also keep in touch with parents using our school Facebook page to share events, information and to celebrate learning.

At St. John’s, we are a Storytelling School. This approach starts in the Early Years and is then used across school.

Getting Ready for School

We hope you find these links useful to provide some information and activities for things you could do at home to help your child get ready for school in September.