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Kingsnorth Church Of England Primary School

The best days of our lives… {{With Faith, Endeavour to Achieve}}

An Introduction to Year R

A presentation shared with prospective parents earlier this term.

Before your child starts school...

At Kingsnorth we believe in the importance of a strong and supportive transition between pre-school and a child’s first year at school.  As part of this process we go on nursery visits, provide a parent information evening, school dinner taster sessions and an opportunity to come into school for ‘storytime’. Please also look at our Readiness for School page for all of skills your child should have before coming to Kingsnorth.

Nursery Visits

In the June / July prior to a child starting school the Year R teachers will arrange to visit each child in their pre-school setting, this is to talk to the staff about each child, find out how they are achieving academically and socially and if there are any steps that our school need to put in place prior to your child starting.  It also gives the Year R teachers a chance to see and interact with each child in a setting in which they are familiar and comfortable.

‘Story-time’ Sessions

Each year in June and July the school offers children who are starting in September the opportunity to have some school based taster sessions.  These sessions usually last about an hour and give the children the opportunity to spend time in their new classroom, meet the teaching staff and the other children in their class.  Each Year R child is paired up with a Year 6 buddy and they may have the opportunity to meet their buddy during one of these sessions.  Tea and coffee is usually provided for parents by the PFA during this time and members of staff and Governors are available to answer any questions.

Parent Information Evening

This is normally an early evening event, held in June, providing an opportunity to find out more about the school and how things work in Year R.  Parents also have the opportunity to talk to the Year R staff and will be given a book bag containing vital information about their child’s first year at school.  

School Dinner tasting

We usually offer a session where parents can come into school and try the school dinners.  This has been very popular and successful in the past and as well as giving the opportunity to taste the food, it gives children the chance to experience what the dinner hall is like at lunchtime before they start school.

In September…

In September 2017 there will be a staggered entry for Year R children, with staff visiting children at home during the afternoon sessions in the first two weeks of term. Children will therefore attend school for half days before becoming full time.  They will have their hot school lunch and then go home at 12:30 pm.  We have found that this has led to successful transition for children, giving them the opportunity to settle in. 

Home Visits

Continuing with our successful transition the Year R teachers and teaching assistants will visit each child in their home during the first two weeks of term.  This gives teachers time to talk to the parents about each child and gather wide range of information; from their academic ability to whatever their favourite toys are!  It also gives the children another opportunity to meet the teaching staff in a familiar setting.  This is an invaluable meeting for the teaching staff and crucial to building the partnership between school and home.

Staggered entry

In September 2017 this is how we hope to run staggered entry:

Thursday 5th September – Friday 6th September

Home Visits all day

Weds 6th Sept – Friday 15th September

Children in for the morning and lunch finish at 12:30

Home Visits in the afternoon

Wednesday 13th September

Parents invited for school lunch

Monday 18th September

Children in full time

Mon 16th and Tues 17th Oct

Grandparents afternoon events


A day in the life of Year R

In Year R children follow the EYFS curriculum which is covered under 17 areas of learning and development, these are:

 Prime Areas

of Learning

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making Relationships

Self-confidence and self-awareness

Managing feeling and behaviour

Physical Development

Moving and handing

Health and self-care

Communication and Language

Listening and attention



  Specific Areas

of Learning






Shape, space and measure

Understanding the World

People and communities

The world


Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring and using media and materials

Being imaginative


From their first day children will begin to learn phonics through the Read, Write, Inc programme.  More information about this can be found on the literacy subject area page.  There are also teacher-directed maths sessions each day, these usually starts off as a short 10 minute session but soon build up to an hour, with children being taught in small focus groups.  Children also have a taught session of PE and RE each week.  The rest of the curriculum is taught through Storybook topics during Child Initiated time.

Child Initiated Activity:

An activity is child-initiated when the child engages in it by choice using the resources that are available, or when a child takes ownership of an activity provided by adults by changing its focus.
Adults may capitalise on these interests by providing further resources and by engaging in the activity with the child/children to observe and assess the learning that is taking place.

Teacher Directed Activity:

A teacher/adult-led activity has a specific focus and is planned by the adult to encourage a particular aspect of learning, to discuss a particular topic or to provide an opportunity to learn a particular skill.  The adult may introduce the material, skill or idea, initiate the activity, and may direct elements of the learning. However, once introduced the activity may provide an opportunity for children to practise on their own to modify it.