Transition into School
The children who enter Reception at the Pre-prep often come from a variety of different nursery settings. The teachers will visit each pupil at their nursery before they join Reception in September. This is an ideal time to talk to nursery staff and the children to ensure a smooth transition; in addition to this, the pupils are invited into Woodbridge School Prep for social occasions such as theatre performances, Mini Sports Day and Summer Concerts. An afternoon in the summer term is dedicated to new pupils and their families, when the parents have the opportunity to meet and get to know one another before their child starts school, and the children are able to spend the afternoon with their teacher in the classroom. The children are taught by experienced Early Years staff who value each unique child. Classes are kept small to ensure pupils are well nurtured, with individual needs being met. Focused teaching and observations ensure that good progress is made by all children across the Early Years curriculum. Children are taught by specialist teachers in Spanish, PE, drama and Music.
Communication with Parents
When the children start school, there is an information evening to inform parents of day-to-day learning approaches, which parents are able to use to support their child at home. There is then a formal Parents’ Evening each term where parents will receive a My Life at Woodbridge School prep summative short report. This is an opportunity for teachers, children and parents to reflect on the term’s learning so far. On a day-to-day basis, teachers can be contacted by parents before school and are welcome to visit the classroom with their child after school.
Real-Life Learning Experiences
Throughout the year, Reception have many visitors into school, and trips out of school, such as the Owl Visit, Hong and the Chinese Students, theatre companies, Ollie Heath the Rhythm Master, artists, Jules: Pond Dipping, Science Rocket Factory, Fire Service, Police, Dental Hygienist and Aldeburgh Life Boat. These valuable experiences are an important part of the children’s learning, and provide them with an understanding of the world around them.