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Dean Barwick Primary School

A small school with BIG ideas!

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office@deanbarwick.cumbria.sch.uk

Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RS
Head Teacher: Paul Macfarlane. Office/SENCO: Helen Fothergill

015395 52298

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Welcome to EYFS

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are sending you this letter to welcome you to Dean Barwick school and to thank you for choosing our lovely school as the setting for your child’s educational journey. Ordinarily, we would be writing to you to invite you to a number of events and meetings. However, due to the current situation this is not possible, so I would therefore like to use this opportunity to introduce myself and Tracey as the Class 1 team. I, Miss Roberts, am the class 1 teacher. Although this will only be my second year teaching at Dean Barwick I have many years of experience working within the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Your child’s first experience of school is a very important one and we recognise that settling into school is a huge step for both you and your child. This year has been unprecedented and therefore our transition process will be very different to previous years. Currently, we are still not clear about when and how we will return to school but please be reassured that we will communicate with you at each stage so that you can prepare both yourselves and your child for their start to school. We anticipate that the children will need a slightly different approach to starting school, due to missing out on much of their preschool experiences, but we will endeavour to make it the best experience possible. 

We understand that we may need to take a more flexible approach this year by individualising the transition for each child. Starting a brand new setting, with different adults, children and routines, can be very tiring and overwhelming during those first few days so, if necessary, we can have a gradual start to school for your child, building up over a week to full days. Lunchtime forms part of that transition and a flexible start means that they can experience this gradually with as much support from adults as possible.

 This is what we anticipate doing for transition into school if possible:

  • An initial phone call and distribution of welcome packs with information about school. (These will be emailed out and be available on our website on the new starters page). 
  • Flexible start to school in September, dependent on your child’s and family’s needs. 
  • Visits and discussions with pre-school settings where possible in the summer term. 

Unfortunately, due to the current Government restrictions and the uncertainty surrounding how schools are going to reopen, we cannot give exact dates at this moment in time. However, we will keep you informed via email and the school website. Here are a few practical things that may help answer some questions about preparing for school. 

  • All Reception aged children are entitled to a free cooked dinner at school. However, you may choose to send a lunch from home. Again, this can be flexible dependent on your needs.
  • For 2020 we are trialling school dinners for Nursery Children. Dinners are £2.30 per day and are payable via school money, which will be set up for when we return (you will receive an activation code/email to set this up if you require one)
  • Uniform consists of burgundy jumpers/cardigans with the school badge. A polo shirt, grey shorts/trousers or skirt/pinafore. We may have a nearly new/used sale at the initial meeting of affordable uniform items. Uniform can be purchased via the information link above.

 There are some great websites explaining what you can do to help your child prepare for school, such as:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/starting-school/getting-ready-for-primary-school/

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2018/06/27/15/30/15/280/Oxford_Owl_Starting_School_Guide_2018.pdf

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

We will be in touch over the Summer to inform you of our plans in line with the government guidance. In the meantime could you please take the time to fill out the ‘all about me’ form with you child to help us get to know your child’s interests.

If you have any further queries at this time, please feel free to email me or the office and we will get back to you ASAP. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make your child’s transition into school as smooth as possible.

 Yours Sincerely

Miss Roberts

If you think your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, even if your child is entitled Universal Free School Meals, please apply using the following link

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/freeschoolmeals.asp

If your child is eligible this generates an amount of money for the school called Pupil Premium. This is used to help children and give extra support where and when needed.