Head Teacher Welcome!
I wanted to write to say thank you for choosing to send your child to Knights Templar Community Church School in September and to offer you a very warm welcome.
We are so looking forward to meeting you and starting to get to know you and your child. The start of school is very exciting and a big step! As you will understand, our transition arrangements are very much affected by social restrictions and the current COVID guidance from the Government. At the moment this affects face to face meetings and visits to the school, which is what we would really prefer to have.
It is a diffcult time for everyone, but we wanted you to know that although the school is not widely open to visitors at the moment, we are busy working on different plans to prepare the new intake and yourselves for a positive start to your child’s school career. Please be rest assured that we aim to ensure that the quality of the transition into school remains the same whilst its organisation will be different.
Last year we adapted our transition plans considerably and found that inspite of some concerns about how the children would settle with so little contact with school, they actually turned out to be one of the quickest settling intakes of children we have had in recent years.
Currently, we are working on class structures and staffing arrangements as well as organising the information packs that we would normally give to you at a face-to-face meeting during the summer term. These packs include all of the information that you will need to help you prepare for the start of school.
However hard we try to simplify the packs, the fact is that the start of school is an important milestone and there is so much to say! Please take time to read through the information and if you have any questions, there will be opportunities for you to ask questions.
Unless circumstances change, we will share information with you about the start of the new term through a TEAMS meeting. This will be an informal on-line meeting where you are free to ask questions. You can always email the school office or call me here at the school, if you would prefer. I am always out on the gate in the mornings, so if that is a time when you are coming up to nursery, I am happy to chat then.
Your child’s class teachers will also be in contact with each of you via a TEAMS meeting so that we can have a more personal chat and share any information that would be helpful to know about your child and your family. This replaces the home visits that we used to make. Details for the TEAMS meetings will be made available very soon.
We would urge you to use this extra time to help your child prepare for school, by supporting them to be able to do the following activities independently, where appropriate:
In addition, the best thing that you can do to help give your child the best start to school is to read lots of stories with them. Talk about the stories and build a love of books – this will have an enormous benefit on all their future learning.
The other thing seems simple, but it too has a massive impact on the life successes for your child. Talk, talk, talk and listen, listen, listen to your child! Ask them questions, explain what you are doing when you are pottering around the house and garden, sing with them and build up their language confidence. The more words that they hear and use, the better start to their learning they will have.
Please stay safe and take care. We will be in contact with further details soon.
With kind regards
Frequently Asked Questions
We usually have the chance to meet all of our new parents in the summer term and we are then able to answer any questions that might be a concern. Starting school is a big step and for some parents the “letting go” is a hard thing to do, even if you already have siblings in school already.
We have put together a list of questions which parents have asked in the past and have put answers with them which might be of use to you as your child is about to start school. If you can think of any others, please let us know!