Four year olds are already settling into life with a smile at Ramsgate Arts Primary School in Ramsgate.
The new Reception group has already enjoyed exploring the early years centre, played with games and toys, enjoyed a range of activities in the outdoor play area and met their new classmates.
The children come into school in two groups in the mornings and the other during afternoons for the first three weeks to ease transition into full time learning.
As well as familiarising themselves with the school, its environment and the RAPS way of life, the children’s voyage of discovery has already seen lots of interactive fun sessions.
The Early Years team said: “We were actually quite amazed at how well the children interacted with each other, it felt like they’d been in class together for a whole term. They were all so keen to explore the class and discover new resources – it was really lovely to see them so involved in activities.
“Despite feeling worried and nervous about coming into school, all children settled really well and enjoyed their first days in Reception. All children got stuck in and enjoyed making new friendship groups along the way. We also learnt that it’s ok to not be ok and that worries come and go.”
They also spoke about their promises to their classroom. These are – I promise to stay safe, show respect, be kind, and have fun.
Head of School Nick Budge said: “This is the beginning of an amazing educational journey for our little ones at RAPS – they clearly already feel comfortable and safe in their new surroundings, and they have settled in so well with their classmates, teachers and other staff.
“Being in smaller groups and only part time to start with allows them to really get to know their new school environment, practice routines, get to know their teachers and make new friends on a more intimate level.
“We have found from recent years that this helps the children to gain confidence and independence rapidly which has certainly been the case this year too. It is already like they have always been part of our school community here.”
Ramsgate Arts Primary School focusses on specialist teaching of arts subjects including dance, music, drama and art, in specially-designed studios, while also delivering a broad primary curriculum.
Ramsgate Arts Primary School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Upton Junior School and Chilton Primary School.