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“MOVE ON UP” Transition from Nursery to Reception Class

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Transition from Nursery to Reception Class


At St Gregory’s we believe every child should be happy at school and have the chance to fulfil their potential. We also know how important it is for parents to get the support they need to help their child achieve, learn and develop.


There will be a 5 session after school club for families with children who will be joining our Reception Class in September on Thursdays beginning 16th  June.


This will be a special time for your family and the evenings promise to be fun.


Sessions are from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and give you and your child the chance to spend quality time together, taking part in a range of fun, educational games and activities – including drawing, singing and making things. You’ll also get to eat a free, home-cooked meal together and meet other families. Your whole family can attend, so there’s no need to worry about childcare.


At the end of the five sessions each family that takes part in “Move On Up” will receive a small hamper of goods, including books and toys, to support their child’s learning and development at home.


Families who have taken part in similar programmes say it has helped improve their relationships with their children, other parents and teachers.


Research shows that participation in this type of school based programme

  • helps improve children’s reading, writing and maths
  • encourages good behaviour and a positive attitude
  • helps parents support their children’s learning at home.


Sessions will be delivered by staff and parent volunteers and will follow the same format each week.  

We begin the sessions with a “Move On Up” song and a few table based family games before we sit down to eat. After eating there will be time for parents to sit together (whilst children are playing supervised by staff) and discuss the transition process and all that means for families and children. We will end each session with a group game.