Starting EYFS

What you need with you on your first day in school:

  • Book bag (remember no other bags because our cloakroom is too small)
  • PE Bag with red shorts and white tee shirt inside
  • Water bottle, clearly named please
  • Either a clearly named packed lunch box or, if your child is having a school dinner (see our Connect newsletter for a copy of the menus) please remember to discuss this with them so that they feel confident when they are asked what they are doing for lunch
  • Wellington boots, clearly named please
  • Indoor shoes, clearly named please
  • Asthma inhaler if your child requires one. This must be clearly named and will be kept in the EYFS medical cabinet.
  • Any forms you have not already returned to the School Office

What you need to do within the first month of starting school:


Hot chocolate/juice/biscuits for Forest Schools and baking ingredients money (cash please to the school office in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name).

It is 50p a week and you can either pay in instalments e.g. half of the Autumn term £4.00, the full Autumn term £7.50 or £19.50 for the whole year.

We look forward to you starting with us.

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interest and curiosity about the themes that pupils are studying.”

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“The teaching of reading is good. There is a consistent approach to the teaching of
phonics.”

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“Teachers plan interesting activities that motivate the pupils. Staff ensure that all pupils are valued and included in learning.”

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“The profile of sport has been raised and more pupils now compete in sporting
activities.”

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“The school’s welcoming and caring ethos is central to its work in raising standards for
pupils.”

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“The passionate and effective leadership of senior leaders and the commitment of the staff have sustained the good quality of education at the school.”

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“Learning in early years gets off to a good start. As a result of effective teaching and provision, children progress well from their starting points.”

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“Governors are ambitious for the school. They challenge and support leaders effectively.”

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“Effective safeguarding procedures are in place. All staff have a clear understanding of how to keep pupils safe.”

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“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

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“Leaders are well trained and use their knowledge of special educational needs to identify specific requirements at an early stage and provide timely support.”

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“Older pupils develop a good understanding of what they read. Leaders promote a love of reading and pupils say the school provides them with high-quality texts.”

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“Teachers use their good subject knowledge to plan interesting tasks that engage
pupils.”

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“From the moment pupils enter the school each day, they are greeted with respect and a genuine sense of care from the adults in the building.”

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“Staff welcome the professional development they receive and say that this makes a real difference to the quality of their teaching.”

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“Improvements in the teaching of mathematics have helped to increase pupils’ progress and improve pupils’ ability to solve mathematical
problems.”

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“By the end of Year 6, outcomes are high in reading and writing. In reading, they are
particularly high.”

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“Pupils listen to the opinions of others and are keen to offer their views considerately and respectfully.”

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“Pupils behave well and are polite, articulate and respectful.”

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“In mathematics lessons, resources are used well to enable pupils to visualise abstract ideas and to get a more secure understanding of number.”

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“In all key stages, pupils are now making good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics.”

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“The quality of teaching at Walkington Primary is underpinned by warm and caring
relationships between staff and pupils.”

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“The broad curriculum provides a wide range of enriching experiences for pupils.”

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“Good teaching through early years and in key stage 1 ensures that the proportion of pupils passing the Year 1 phonics screening check is consistently above average.”

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“The school is a calm, orderly and purposeful place for pupils to make the most of their learning.”

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“Adults give pupils
opportunities to share ideas and challenge their own thinking and this helps them to articulate their opinions with confidence.”

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“Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and
are clear about priorities and plans for improvement.”

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“Staff encourage pupils to be resilient and take risks. Pupils know it is all right to get things wrong and that this is part of the process of learning.”

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“Parents and carers who offered their views to inspectors were overwhelmingly positive about the experiences of their children.”

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