Getting Started in Foundation Stage


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Our Early Years Foundation Stage Children join in our ‘Green Class’ and are taught by Mrs Siobhan Howson, an experienced Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher.

We recognise that starting school is a big transition for both children and parents and we provide a range of events and activities to support you and your child through this process. These include:


Each year we hold 2 ‘Come & Join In’ sessions which are to enable your child to become familiar with the classroom setting and for the new class to enjoy the classroom environment together.  Parents and Carers stay in school during these sessions and  refreshments are provided for them by representatives of our local Church in the school hall. Younger siblings are welcome, but they must remain within the school under parental supervision.

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We will invite you to an induction evening about becoming part of the Great Finborough Primary School community on one evening during the Summer Term.   During this meeting you will meet your child’s Teacher and Teaching Assistant and will hear important information about the transition process and preparing your child for the first few days in their new school. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have.  You can download a copy of the booklet from last year’s Induction Evening here.

There will be a welcome from the Headteacher.  A representative from the Governing Body will be present and will outline the work of the school Governors.  Our School Business Manager will also be there with information about free school meals and how to purchase school uniform.

During this meeting we will have a signup sheet for home visits, a crucial opportunity for the teachers to get to know you and your child.


This will take place on towards the end of July.  Mrs Howson will be ready to welcome your child at the front entrance of the school at 10:00am.  You are invited to return to school and join your child for lunch and the session will end at approximately 12.30 (after lunch).  No uniform is required on the day but will be essential for the first day of term.


You, as Parents and Carers, are an important part of your child’s education. All children at our school make ‘Good’ progress from their relative starting points. The school’s tracking systems also indicate clearly that a child who is well supported at home makes even greater progress- this partnership is essential.

To help you with this, you will be invited to further meetings in the new academic year that explain how we plan, teach and assess your children in Green Class, how we teach phonics and maths, and how you can support at home.   Dates for these will be shared at in the Autumn Newsletter, which you will receive the first week back at school.