Welcome to Usk Church in Wales Primary School. We are so looking forward to meeting our September 2021 Reception children.
During this unprecedented time, please rest assured that we are still here to answer any of your questions and make your child’s transition into school life at Usk as smooth as possible.
We have some transition information below for you to read through before your child joins us in September to make the process as seamless as possible and we will be sending out welcome information and a copy of the school prospectus to you in June.
We would usually invite parents and carers into school for information sessions and arrange for children to visit to get to know their new school environment and meet their teachers.
The current Covid-19 restrictions placed on schools do not allow us to do this so we have planned alternative ways of helping our new starters with the move to big school. This will be both in terms of how we can help children and parents to get a feel for the school, the staff and the way we do things, and also what parents can do with children while they’re at home to get them ready for transition.
We are really keen for parents/carers and their children still to have the experience of physically coming in to school before starting in September. You will have the opportunity to do this in small groups on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th June 2021 after the school day has ended. The timetable for visits and information about classes will be sent out with the welcome information in June along with start dates for September.
We hope the information below will be helpful. We really look forward to welcoming both you, your child and your family to Usk CiW Primary School.
How you can help your child to prepare for starting school
One thing to remember is that pre-schoolers don’t need to do lots of what you might think of as schoolwork at home before they start. Our Reception team will always say that getting dressed and undressed and using the toilet independently are key skills which can be encouraged at home. The simple things can be really helpful, too: getting familiar with numbers, letters and sounds, singing nursery rhymes, and just doing things with your children like baking, getting out in the garden if you have one and simply chatting with them. Parents often underestimate the value of talking with their children, and that’s something that preschool children who are at home might get a lot more of.
Below you will find some links to more information to help you prepare your child for school.
Sharing engaging stories and picture books about starting school is a great way to gently prepare your child for their first day.
Below are some picture books about starting school - we hope they help you and your little one.