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Important information for starting school - changes in transition due to COVID 19

Our usual practise is to invite you to a new parents session where you would meet the staff, led by the Head Teacher, Miss Froggatt.  So here is a message from her to you.


‘Firstly welcome to the wonderful Manea Team who can’t wait to be working with your children and showing them all the amazing things they will be doing when they start school. We are sorry not be meeting with you face to face and going through the usual transition events we put in place for both you and your children but we will do our best to make your child’s start to school the best that it can be and we certainly have the right team working with your children to do that.’


Mrs Stevens, Mrs Attrill and Miss Denton are all Early Years lead practitioners and work with lots of other Early Years teachers and Teaching Assistants across the county to support them as the provision we have at Manea for children in Year R is outstanding and we are very proud of it.


During this session you would be shown around the environment, seen examples of uniform, had the opportunity to talk to staff and also to try a school dinner.  Unfortunately due to the changes made in light of COVID 19 we will not be able to host this session, so in order to keep you as informed as possible please read the following:

Home visits

We carry these out each year before the children start school. These are very useful to create a link between home and school before the start of the year.  Due to the COVID19 pandemic we may not be able to carry these out, however we hope to have the opportunity to meet you before the start of the school year in some way - we will inform you nearer the time.


Start of Term

Again due to the COVID19 pandemic we are awaiting guidelines on when and how this will be.  Please be assured that we will contact you as soon as we have information and the children starting school are a priority for us.

Meet the adults...

A message from Mrs Stevens


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Your child will have a team around them throughout their reception year.  Mrs Stevens is the Foundation Stage Leader and will be the main adult responsible for your child through the year.  Mrs Attrill is the Reception TA and Mrs Goude and Miss Sansom will also spend time with your child.  The other class teachers are Mrs Johnson, Miss Denton and Mr Lenton.  They will all spend time with your child and gather information on how they like to learn which is shared in order to enable your child to make the best progress they can.

The environment that your child will be working in

We have three main class bases, Pine, Elm and Cherry.  Activities are tailored to the next steps for your child and the environment will change throughout the year!  There is also a large outdoor area that can be accessed throughout the day.  Within this area there is a trike track, den making area, large block construction area, nature area, vegetable patch, Physical development area, water area, bird hide, storytelling area and a large mud kitchen.

The children will also spend time in the main playground, in the school field and also the Early Year Forest school area.  We do also intend to spend some sessions in the woods next to our school field.


A typical day

Welcome session with register starts the day. It is important to be punctual as learning starts straight away.  Children are encouraged to make their own safety checklist to ensure that the environment is safe for learning. Whole class sessions also take place a couple of times throughout the day for phonics, maths and other subjects.  We then have continuous provision – where the children access the activities that are provided to meet their next steps, guided activities led by an adult and their own independent exploration.  We link to a main focus text and the children can come up with their own investigations – they then share them in learning walks and learning talks to ensure that their activities are always focussed.


PE kits

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school each week.  This consists of black/navy shorts and a white top without buttons. They are usually brought in at the start of the half term and come home at the end of the half term.  No jewellery is to be worn for these sessions.  We will inform you specific days once we start the year.


Reading books

We prepare your child for their reading books throughout the first half term when they are introduced to the characters and the procedure involved in reading.  Your child will then bring home a reading book after the first half term.  They will have a reading scheme books, a book box book for you to share and also a reading diary.  This is for you to write in how their reading went – what they enjoyed and any questions you may have.


Home link books

These are provided each week with a brief overview of the learning that has taken place.  This allows you to speak to your child about what they have been doing and prompt any discussions that you wish to have.  Please write any comments on them that you feel would be helpful in order to support their development.


Home/school agreement

At Manea School we provide a rich curriculum but for your child to make the best progress we need support from home.  Please read and sign the home school agreement attached to express your interest in supporting your child through this next stage of their learning.

A summer task - an 'All about me box'

As part of our ‘getting to know you’ sessions we ask the children to bring with them an all about me box.  This is something that you can work on throughout the summer holidays – use a small shoe box, decorate it and put in it  some of the things that you child enjoys doing – these will remain in school throughout the first half term so please do not put their favourite toy in there – a picture or drawing of it will do.  We will then spend time where you child can share their contents with their friends and we can then tailor their learning to their interests.

Mrs Stevens' All About Me Box'


I love to garden so I have put in some gardening gloves, I enjoy reading so have added a book.  I think fairies are great so have added a fairy and also I spend a lot of time making so I have added glue and scissors.  I have also added some photographs of my family as they are very important to me.  My mum, dad, brother, sister and nephew and then lots of photos of my daughter and my husband.  I would also talk about my dog, Tilly, she is great but she loves to eat socks so we have to be very careful when taking our socks off!!  I also love to eat crisps so have added a packet!

If you require any further information, please contact the school office.
So...... Look out for more information about 'home' visits, starting dates and get started on your 'all about me' boxes..We can't wait to see you!