Starting Reception

Welcome to Reception 2022/2023

We are delighted that your child has been offered a Reception place at our wonderful school for September.

For those of you whose children already attend our Nursery; thank you for continuing your journey with us, and for those who are new to our school; we welcome you. We are a thriving community and we are very excited to welcome you to our school. We look forward to your child starting their schooling with us in September and getting to know them as the wonderful individuals that they are!

As a school, we are committed to smooth and timely transitions that allow the children to settle in, get to know their teachers and make new relationships with their friends. We fully believe that parents and carers play a key role in this transition so that you too can feel reassured that your child is safe and happy. If you have not already, you will be receiving a letter very soon which will set out our transition plan so that you know exactly what to expect in September and for the rest of this term. In addition to meeting the staff team at the Transition Meeting in June, we will be creating videos and welcomes for you all to look at both now and over the holidays, so that you will know who is who on that first day.   

In the meantime, however, please feel free to browse our school website and perhaps even follow us on Facebook (Please search for Wadebridge Primary Academy).

We can't wait to meet you all. Stay safe and keep well.

Rebecca Whitlock 
Headteacher, Wadebridge Primary Academy

A day in the life of Reception!

Please watch and enjoy our video of a day in the life of Reception..... 

Whilst some of the routines that you may see will look slightly different in September, hopefully this video will give you a taster of what it is like to be in our Reception classes and what a fun day filled with lots of learning you will have! 

Getting ready to start school... 

We understand that starting school this year might feel a little bit different at the moment! We appreciate some children would not have been in a Nursery environment for a long time and we will be reviewing and adapting our transition in September to reflect this. We will be in contact with more information regarding starting school when we have received appropriate government guidance on schools returning in September.

In the mean-time, here are some suggestions of activities that you can be thinking about with your child to start to introduce the idea of starting school to them. There are also some important aspects of health and self-care that you can be developing and ensuring are in place if needed.

• Start to consider ways to introduce the idea of starting school to your child through books, stories and TV programmes.

• Talk to your child about what school will be like and the sorts of things that they will be able to do.

• Start making a list of the things that they enjoy doing and experiences that they have had over the last few months for you and your child to share with their new teacher.

• Start to make a list of questions that you are thinking about for September so that you can ask the new school.

• Consider including a walk past the school entrance on the main road as part of your “lockdown exercise”.

• Ensure your child is toilet trained /able to use the toilet independently – check out ERIC for more information and resources

• Think about ways that you can help your child to be a little bit more independent, it might be to recognise their coat or to wash their hands by themselves. Use this extra time they are with you at home to teach them new skills within dressing and toileting routines. Perhaps there are things that you automatically do for them that they are now developmentally ready to do for themselves?

• Check your child has had all their immunisations before starting school.

• If your child has Asthma or any other health condition that requires medication talk to your GP or Practice Nurse about managing this in school, and if medication is needed in school or if school may need to intervene at any point that a care plan is required.

• If Health Visitor or School Nurse advice is required ring the Client Advice Line 01872 322779 or email

• If you need individual help and support look up Early Help on the Together for Families Cornwall Council website to self-refer or talk to your Early Years setting to help you with this.

Electronic copy of our parent questionnaire

If you would prefer to fill in the Parent Questionnaire electronically and return via email, please find a copy attached below.

How else can you help prepare your child for starting school?

Please view the document 'guide-to-starting-school' for great ideas!


View the following documents within your web browser or download to read later

Parent questionnaire.docx
Parent questionnaire.docx




Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

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