New Starters

Transition Arrangements for New Pupils into Reception September 2020

Before new pupils start at Cherrywood School we arrange a number of events to ensure they are excited about starting school here.

Due to the current school closure situation we are unable to plan our normal transition events at present. As soon as we are able to provide you with more information we will be in contact. Here are the transition events that normally occur during the Summer/Autumn term.

Transition Events

New Parent Information Evening

This event will outline the details and purpose of our transition events. You will be able to meet Mrs Lewis (Headteacher), Miss Guest (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Gabbott (Family Support Worker), Mrs Butler (Reception Classteacher), Mrs Snook (The School Cook) and the Admin Team. Mrs Butler will be talking to you about the process of transition, what life in reception class will look like and what you can do with your child during the Summer term to prepare. The children are also welcome to attend, as our staff provide play opportunities in the classroom where they can meet and get to know other children that will be in their class in September.

Pre-School Setting Visits

Mrs Butler will visit your child in their pre-school and talk to their key worker. They will discuss your child’s interests, friendships, areas of strength and next steps; this helps to plan the first few weeks of term.

“Stay and play” sessions at Cherrywood 

All family members including younger siblings are also able to come along to our stay and play sessions. This is a great chance for the children to meet some of their class mates and start getting to know their classroom environment. As well as joining in with these activities, parents will also get the opportunity to meet other staff members and have any questions answered.

Home Visits

During the first week of September Mrs Butler and Mrs Gabbott will arrange to come and meet you and your child at home. We usually ask to take a picture of them with their favourite toy, so that on their first day in school they see their picture displayed on the wall and feel a sense of belonging. Home visits are valuable for us to get to know your child as best as we can to help settle them into school. It is also another opportunity to ask us any questions.

Development Concerns

If you have concerns about your child’s particular needs e.g. speech and language or physical development, you can discuss these with Mrs Butler and Miss Guest so that guidance on how to support your child leading up to starting school can be given.

Ideally all children are toilet trained before starting school in September. If your child is still wearing nappies or is still not fully toilet trained, including wiping after going to the toilet, this is something you can work on in preparation for them starting school. Please contact us if you need support with this.

How can you support your child to be ready for school?

Prepare your child as much as you can in advance

Whether it’s reading a book about starting school, wearing their new uniform around the house or shopping for new equipment – take time to talk about starting school and get your child excited.

Familiarise and socialise

Do what you can to familiarise your child with the school as much as possible before they start. Play dates with soon-to-be class mates is a great way of getting them ready for September.

Promoting independence

Make sure you allow your child lots of time to practice getting changed by themselves ready for when they begin their PE sessions in school. It is also important for children to be confident going to the toilet and washing their hands.

Label everything

However you choose to label the uniform, make sure you include a label in everything. Also stock up on some spare uniform – reception class can be a messy time!

Be positive and calm

Children pick up on anxiety, so if you seem worried they will sense it and begin to worry too. Often if parents are a bit anxious dropping them off in the morning then the children will begin to feel anxious and may get upset. The best thing you can do in this situation is to smile and not drag out the goodbyes for too long. If your child is upset when you leave school we promise to ring you as soon as we have settled them so you are not worrying about them throughout the day.

How can you support your child to be ready to learn at school?


Share lots of stories together. Get your child excited to begin learning to read by talking about stories, acting them out, doing funny voices to make them laugh. You can talk about things like rhyming words, sounds that make up words, and how words put together make sentences.


Start recognising numbers when you see them out and about, your door number, the number on the bus, numbers on the TV remote. Begin counting objects in the home for example “We are 4 people in our house, can you count 4 cups out for everybody?” Encourage slow and steady counting by touching or moving each object when you count. This will help them to become accurate in their counting.


Draw lots of pictures and get your child used to using a pencil. It’s important to build up their muscles for writing by going to the park, playing with playdough, and playing ‘fiddly’ games which gets their muscles working. Your child might even be interested to write their name – but please encourage them to write it in lowercase letters rather than capitals as this can be harder to correct.

“School readiness” by Hampshire County Council – Hampshire School Readiness Leaflet

New Starters Leaflet – Information Leaflet for parents 2027

If you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss prior to your child starting school with us in September please do not hesitate to contact us. 01252547896