Little Lions

We are so pleased that your child has been offered a place here at St Mark’s Catholic Primary school. On behalf of the Staff, Governors, children and parents, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community.  For those parents who missed the Headteacher welcome at the parents induction evening then please refer to the presentation slides below.  

Our Reception Class team 

Mrs Price (Class teacher and EYFS Assessment Lead) has been part of the St Mark’s family for 15 years and Mrs Lee (Class teacher and Phonics Lead) joined us in April 2019 and between them they have a wealth of experience teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1.  Mrs Entwistle, our Nursery Nurse has been at St Mark’s for 22 years and has recently become our Speech and Language Learning Support champion. Together with Learning Support Assistants, Mrs Costello, they support teaching, learning and pastoral care in the Reception class. 

Parent Welcome pack 

In addition, we have produced the following documents to help with transition to Primary School 

  • A welcome booklet for parents– contains lots of useful information and photos for you to share with your child. 
  • Parent Questionnaire – to help us to get to know your child so to help with a smooth and happy transition to school. 
  • A welcome booklet for your child from our current Little Lions 
  • A virtual tour of our school from two of our current Little Lions. 

Starting School in September 

We are so excited for your child to be joining Reception Class in September and hope that you and your children have enjoyed the taster ‘stay and play’ sessions. Due to the current circumstances, when all children return to school on Monday 5th September, the intake for our ‘Little Lions’ in Reception. 

Week commencing 5th September, the cohort have been split into two groups A and B and children will be offered a daily session; either a morning or afternoon to prepare them for fulltime daily attendance. Parents have been sent confirmation of each session for their child.  Please drop off and collect from the school gate to the playground.  For this week, we ask that parents please provide a nut free packed lunch/snack. 

Every year, we encourage parents to support their children to become more independent during the summer holidays.  Please start practising changing in and out of the school uniform and PE kit using new words such as plimsoles, shirts, ties.  We have seen children try to put their legs through shirt sleeves!  Ensure that your child can use a knife and fork and feed themselves i.e. have good table manners and/or undo the wrapping of items in their lunchboxes.  Children should be able to go to the toilet by themselves. If your child has any specific needs then please do notify us on the Parental Questionnaire form so that all care plans can be prepared in advance as we want to ensure a warm welcome. 

God bless. 

Little Lion’s Tour 

Find out more about our classroom and the areas we use in school!