Starting Primary School

Starting Primary school can be both an exciting and daunting experience for many children and their families, particularly in a year where we are all having to adjust to a ‘new normal’.

We know that as a result of Covid-19, many preschool children across the country will have missed out on roughly 4 months of their early education and for those children who will be moving to reception class, they are also likely to have missed out on the usual transition experiences such as meeting their new teacher or looking around their new school.

Similarly, parents and carers will have also missed out on these experiences too and often they will have had far fewer opportunities to talk to their child’s new school about starting in September and fewer opportunities to ask for advice on this transition period. Naturally this can cause some parents to feel more anxious and as though they’ve been left with many unanswered questions.

We have been trying our best to alleviate some of these worries or concerns by creating a range of Early Years transition resources that support parents and children alike. Please see the list below, and our accompanying pages, to find out more information about what we have been working on.

Virtual Tours

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020, hundreds of schools were forced to cancel their normal end-of-year transition activities.  This resulted in countless numbers of preschool children not getting the usual opportunity to visit their new Reception Class and meet their new class teachers. This in turn made some children and parents feel anxious about the prospect of starting school in September and concerned that they wouldn’t know what to expect.

As a result, the Norwich Opportunity Area wanted to help by funding 18 amazing virtual tours of some of our Norwich Primary Schools. These tours, complete with welcome videos from Reception Class Teachers and Headteachers, provided a fantastic way for families to still explore their new school and meet their key staff virtually, whilst staying in the comfort of their own homes.

Since then, following the success of the Virtual Tours project in 2020 and the continued presence of Covid-19, the Norwich Opportunity Area have gone on to fund another 39 virtual tours across 3 key transition phases; home to Nursery, Nursery to Reception Class, Infant School to Junior School.  This means that:

21 Nurseries across Norwich now have a virtual tour

ALL Primary and Infant School’s across Norwich now have a virtual tour of their Reception classes (27)

ALL Junior School’s across Norwich now have a virtual tour of their Year 3 classes (9)

Please see our Virtual Tours page

Short Videos

5 short videos that give parents 50 fun activities that they can do at home with their child to support their learning ready for starting school. Please head over to our ‘Getting Ready for School’ page to watch each of these short videos.

Top Tips postcard and video

A new transition ‘Top Tips’ postcard and accompanying video, that give parents 10 easy ways that they can support their child when they start at nursery or school. Please see our ‘Top Tips for Parents’ page to view these resources and find out more.