We run an induction programme for our new Reception pupils during June and July. Parents are invited to attend an evening meeting where information is shared, parents can meet staff and ask any questions.
We then invite our new pupils to several short sessions based in their new class. These are planned to give the children a taste of many aspects of school life. This will include play times, lunch and time in class. We also invite you to our Sports Day, Summer Fair, School Play and other special school events. In this way the children get used to coming into school and working with our staff. This is very valuable for settling them in September.
Those pupils attending North Elmham Playgroup can be brought over to school by their staff. We work very closely with our Playgroup and local childminder with regular visits throughout the school year.
A separate booklet, ‘Welcome to North Elmham CEVC Primary School’, is given to new pupils giving more detail about your child’s first year in school.
Moving into a New Class
We have a ‘Moving up’ day for children to meet their new teacher and experience their new class in the Summer term in order to ease transition in September. Teachers will hold ‘Parent Consultation’ sessions in the Autumn and Spring terms for parents to meet the teacher and discuss their child’s progress. A written, end of year report is sent out towards the end of the school year with opportunity to discuss them with the teacher.
Moving on to High School
Children transfer to High School at 11. Our school is situated between four high schools and children tend to move to one of these: there are two high schools in Dereham – Northgate High and Neatherd High; one to the east of North Elmham – Reepham High; and one to the west – Litcham School.
We liaise closely with our partner schools to ensure transition is smooth.
During July of the last term children have the opportunity to spend a number of days in their future school. In addition we encourage high school teachers to take some lessons here and children also have other opportunities to visit their new schools for special events and lessons.