We run an induction programme for our new Reception pupils during June and July. Parents are invited to attend an evening meeting where information is shared, parents can meet staff and ask any questions.
We then invite our new pupils to several short sessions based in their new class. These are planned to give the children a taste of many aspects of school life. We also invite you to our Sports Day and Summer Fair for a social occasion. In this way the children get used to coming into school and working with our staff. This is very valuable for settling them in September.
Those pupils attending the Children’s Centre next door can be brought over to school by their staff. We work very closely with our nursery colleagues and visit the centre from time to time.
A separate booklet, ‘Welcome to the Foundation Stage’, is given to new pupils giving more detail about your child’s first year in school.
Moving into a New Class
We have a ‘Moving up’ day for children to meet their new teacher and experience their new class in the Summer term in order to ease transition in September. Teachers will hold ‘Parent Consultation’ sessions in the Autumn and Spring terms for parents to meet the teacher and discuss their child’s progress. An written, end of year report is sent out towards the end of the school year with opportunity to discuss them with the teacher.
Moving on to High School
Children transfer to High School at 11. Our local School is Fakenham Academy; some children also transfer to other schools which recently have included Litcham, Reepham, Northgate and Neatheard at Dereham, Alderman Peel at Wells, Norwich School & Wymondham College.
We liaise closely with our partner schools to ensure transition is smooth.
During July of the last term children have the opportunity to spend two days in their future school. In addition we encourage high school teachers to take some lessons here and children also have other opportunities to visit their new schools for special events and lessons.
Fakenham Academy also offers a broad range of activities for gifted and talented pupils across the cluster of primary schools such as RE, maths, science and business studies. These are always fun and give children from different schools the opportunity to get to know one another and work together.