Early Years - Transitions

At Sherborne House School we recognise the importance of smooth transitions throughout the day between different activities and lessons, both when children join the school and also when they move on to the next year group.
 
Before your Child starts in Pre-Reception or Reception
 
We will endeavour to visit all children in their current setting before they join Sherborne House School. This is an opportunity for the children to meet our staff in an environment that is familiar to them. Staff will spend time talking with your child’s current Key Worker as well as introducing themselves to your child and learning about your child’s interests and the activities they enjoy the most.
 
Each child will be given a book bag which contains information about Sherborne House School, as well as a small gift. The book bag will be used for Home Communication books and reading books throughout your child’s time in Pre-Reception and Reception.
 
Children are then invited to attend taster sessions in order to familiarise themselves with their new surroundings and meet their future classmates. The amount of sessions they attend is dependent on your child's individual needs. Some children are happy to be left after a few minutes, but we recognise that other children find it harder to settle.
 
We work hard within the Early Years' department to ensure firm links are established between Pre-Reception and Reception. Transition into Reception is made as smooth as possible. The children will already be familiar with the Reception staff as they will have had the opportunity to be involved in a variety of Early Years' activities such as listening walks. They are also invited to visit the classroom and staff prior to joining Reception. We follow a transition programme that is open to children in Pre-Reception as well as those children from other settings who will be joining the school.  We recognise the importance of continuing and strengthening the links made with home during your child’s time in Pre-Reception, and we provide parents with opportunities to also visit the Reception classroom and meet the staff.
 
There is a Curriculum afternoon, in the Spring Term, to which we invite parents of children who will be joining Reception in the Autumn Term. We aim to give parents a detailed explanation of the Curriculum and the way in which children are assessed. Parents will then gain a greater understanding of the Early Years’ curriculum and how children learn, and our expectations in terms of achievement.
 
Daily Transitions
 
Throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 we use a visual timetable for the children to follow during the day. The timetable orders lessons and events that are happening that day.
 
They are introduced to specialist teachers for French, music and PE within their classroom. French is taught within their classroom while the children are in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Reception children, with a member of Reception staff, go to the Music Studio for lessons. When the children have PE lessons we endeavour to ensure that a member of the Early Years’ Team joins them.
 
Pre-Reception and Reception children join together once a week for their assembly. During the Summer term the Reception children will begin to join the rest of the school for Celebration Assembly.
 
Moving on to Year 1
 
Year 1 staff take the Reception children to the Library once a week throughout the year. The Year 1 staff will also spend time with the Reception children during a variety of activities such as science week, visiting theatre groups and to celebrate different festivals..
 
During the Summer term there is a Transition programme in place for Reception children to spend time with their Year 1 teacher within the Year 1 classrooms.