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Amherst Primary School

Every child, every chance, every day.

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Amherst Primary School

Every child, every chance, every day.

Starting School

Starting school is a very exciting time for your child, yet can be a little daunting for children and parents alike!  


We want your child’s first year in Reception to be special and to build the foundations for learning.  We are very proud that our school is a caring and special place where children grow, learn and flourish.  




It is a great help to us if your child is able to do some of the following when they come to school. 


This also gives your child more confidence and independence.


  • Dress and undress - including shoes and socks

  • Remove outdoor clothing and hang it up

  • Use the toilet and flush properly washing and drying hands after use

  • Tidy and put away toys

  • Share and ‘take turns’

  • Follow simple instructions

  • Sit quietly and listen to a story

  • Know his/her name and address 


Making sure your child has had a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will help them to be ready for a busy day. 





We work very closely with you and your child’s pre-school (if they attend one) in order to best support your child’s transition to Amherst. We begin by meeting with your child’s key workers to find out about your child before going to meet them in their pre-school. If your child does not attend a preschool we can arrange a home visit. Once we have been to visit your child we will email you to invite you both to attend four ‘stay and play sessions where we will get to know the children and place them into a class. 



Parents as Partners 


We recognise that you, as parents/ carers, are children’s first and most enduring educators and we value the contribution you make. We recognise the role that parents have played, and their future role, in educating the children.


We do this through creating good relationships with our parents which begins at your child’s first stay and play in June. We encourage strong parent partnerships by:


  • Sending weekly newsletters 
  • Using the Seesaw app to share home/ school learning 
  • Using Seesaw’s private inbox service as well as school and family announcements
  • Wow moment certificates
  • Homeschool reading record
  • Focus child questionnaires and meetings
  • Invitations to attend school productions 


Things your child will need


Your child needs a PE kit. All their kit needs to be clearly labelled and kept in a named bag on their peg.  We send their kits home every half term to be washed. Your child will not need trainers until the Summer Term. 


Please provide your child with wellington boots for outdoor learning which we enjoy daily



It is extremely important that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled with their name.  

Healthy Eating 


Your child will need a snack for the morning session. 




Amherst continually promotes healthy eating and we ask that your child has a healthy snack of fruit or vegetables in the morning.




Please provide a water bottle for your child every day.  It needs to be clearly labelled with their name and to be filled with water only. 


As we have no recycling facilities at school, please avoid plastic packaging where possible. 



Your child will need a book bag, these are available from the office for £4.00.  Children need to bring their book bag to school every day.  

Please see our EYFS handbook (that you will receive at your child’s stay and play sessions) for more information on all of the above areas or get in contact with the school if you require any more information- 


For further information about our Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, please follow the link below

We enjoy lots of theme days throughout the year - here are our Reception 'airline crew!'