Favourite nursery rhymes have helped a Shropshire school to create a child-friendly virtual welcome for children who missed out on taster days as they prepared to start school this September.
As schools across the country were forced to close and restrictions put in place because of Covid-19, thousands of children missed out on landmark events in their education.
Staff at Old Hall School in Wellington came up with a novel way to introduce themselves to children starting school this term to help them feel more confident.
Government restrictions and school closures meant the usual routine of taster days and inviting families along to school events was not possible.
Early years staff, however, were determined the new intake should be given an accessible and fun way of getting to know them and the school.
So they videoed a tour of the building and facilities by Head of Early Years Alison Hartland-Griffiths together with an introduction to key staff, who all read a favourite nursery rhyme to the children.
Parents have also been able to speak directly to staff and arrange video calls with teachers.
“One of the most significant days in a child’s educational journey is that first day of school and it is important to get it right,” said Head teacher at Old Hall, Martin Stott. “We are very much planning for and looking forward to the new term in September.”
Old Hall School and Wrekin College, independent schools which are part of the same Trust, share a campus in Wellington, offering education from four to 18 years old.
Both schools will be welcoming families on Saturday, November 14th, for a joint Open Day.