Starting School can be an overwhelming experience for Reception children. Everything is new; getting used to a new classroom, a new teacher, all the new daily routines, having to cope with carrying your own lunchtime tray and getting used to the large playground, are just a few of the new challenges for our little ones.
At Brabyns one of the ways that we nurture and help the children settle in is to give them a Year 5 ‘Buddy’. The Year 5 children take this role very seriously and enjoy being there to help their buddy flourish as part of the Brabyns family.
The Year 5 buddies and the Reception children have been getting to know each other really well over the first two weeks by sitting together in assembly and through the regular planned activities in the timetable. It is wonderful to see friendships blossoming between the children, which will continue all through the year as part of our ‘one big family’ philosophy.