Starting School

Year R New Entrants September 2022

We want to wish you all a very warm welcome to Southill Primary School.

As we look forward to getting to know our new families joining our school community, and as we begin our transition activities for this year, we are once again going to use this webpage as a hub to hold all the information that you need as you prepare for September and your children starting school. Many of you will already have children in our school  and so will be familiar with some of the information about the school, but for some of you this will be the beginning of your journey at Southill. We hope that, whichever the case, you will find this page informative and helpful.

Please rest assured that we have a robust transition in place, which is tried and tested over many years that has received positive feedback from parents about how it has supported their child to settle into school life.

This year we will offer a blended transition as detailed below. This means that we are offering some in-person sessions for parents, carers and children whilst other activities and information will be online. We are also in the process of arranging visits to preschools and nurseries so please do update us to let us know where your child currently attends.

1. Meet the staff

Mrs Puddick
Reception Class Teacher


Mrs Kench
Reception Class Teaching Assistant


2. Starting School at Southill Primary

1st and 8th July (3.15-4.15pm): You will receive an invitation to one of these meetings where you will experience 3 information sessions. One will be in the classroom with Reception class staff, one will be looking at our school grounds and one will be in the hall with staff from the school office.

Full of information and pictures, this document will set the scene and get you off to a great start:


A new addition to our transition process this year will be our ‘booknic’ where new children and parents/gurdians can join us outside at school, bring a picnic and a book and meet other people.


3. Document: Uniform Policy

4. Powerpoint Presentation

Part of this presentation will be shared at the new parents meetings in July. It has got some important information and also contains some pictures of the Reception classroom and children. We think it’s helpful for you to see how everything works on a day-to-day basis. This will be updated in time for our July meetings.


NB Ordering milk and hot school meals

Children under the age of 5 will be offered milk free of charge each day unless you ask us not to. After the age of 5 you can order and pay for milk from

Our hot school meals are very tasty and highly recommended. Menus and ordering information will be sent to you well in advance of the start of term.


5. Practical tips for starting school

6. Parent/Pupil questionnaire

This is a copy of the questionnaire we have sent in the post to you. It is designed to help us learn more about each individual child so that we can start to prepare for their transition to school. Please return the completed questionnaires to school as soon as you can.

7. General Information

Please follow these links to sections of the school website you might find useful.

The school prospectus

Information for parents

Reception curriculum

Learning at Southill School

Our Reception Class page

Please follow these links to other useful websites.

BBC Bitesize – starting Primary School

BBC Radio – listening games and activities

Supporting your child in learning to read

8. School Health presentation for new parents

9. Some useful documents for you to explore.

The Road to School: Helping you and your child prepare for school



Steps to Starting School: Top Tips



What to expect, when?

A longer document looking at learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage


10. Pictures from our time at school

Just look at all the fun learning we get up to…

11. Home Learning Ideas

Home Learning Project for the summer holiday: Treasure Bags

At our ‘booknic’ we will give out a fun summer challenge – treasure bags. You will be given a paper bag and a list of things to collect over the summer. Here is a preview of the treasure bag challenge.

Try some of these fun challenges to help you prepare for starting school!

  • Can you get dressed on your own today? Get your clothes ready and have a go!
  • Read some of your favourite stories together at bedtime.
  • Try some throwing and catching with a large ball.
  • Sing some of your favourite songs or rhymes

Here are some other ideas.