St Stephen's Infant School

Striving, Supporting, Inspiring, Succeeding

Lansdown Road, Bristol, Avon, BS15 1XD

01454 866470

School Day: 8:50am-3.15pm – all year groups


Information for New Starters September 2020


 Thank you for choosing

St. Stephen’s Infant School for your child!

On behalf of the staff, governors, children and parents/carers,

it gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your family to our school community.  

We hope that the information on this page will answer many of the questions that you have about your child starting school with us in September.

Regards, Mr Ruck.


 Please click here to read our letter to new parent/carers of Reception children starting in September 2020:   SSISlettertonewintake2020.docx


Updated Friday 26th June 2020

Important Information re: Induction 2020 and Virtual Home Visits


Dear Parents/Carers,


Please rest assured that we will do everything we can to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on your child’s Reception year. We are currently awaiting further guidance for the Government regarding September and will keep you informed if our plans need to change.

Normally, we would have given you a 'Welcome' pack at our New Parents’ Meeting and you would have been able to meet your child’s classteacher(s) and visit the Reception classrooms, Resource Area and Outside Classroom.

Ms Smith (Reception Team Leader) and the Reception Team have uploaded the photo book normally shared on home visits. See below.


We have had to revise our induction arrangements to take Covid-19 safety measures into account and have sent your child’s Personal Induction Plan and pack in the post today.

The plan includes two short visits in the first week of September and three weeks of either morning or afternoon attendance. This will give the children time to settle and get to know each other, the staff and their new surroundings. All children will be full-time from Monday 28th September.  

We have included some important forms, a ‘To Do’ list and your ‘Welcome to SSIS’ booklet.

[Click on 'Welcome to SSIS' to download/view a copy of the booklet] 

We have an online school dinner ordering system that you’ll be able to use once your child stays for dinner from Monday 28th September. You should have received a login email from School Grid asking you to set up an account. 



Virtual Home Visits Zoom Meeting or Phone Call.

Owing to Covid-19 we cannot carry out Home Visits at the beginning of next term so we would like to offer you the option of a virtual 10-15 minute Zoom meeting or phone call, with your child’s classteacher before we finish for the summer break. The slots available for the virtual Home Visits Zoom Meeting or phone calls are:

Wednesday 8th July

Wednesday 15th July

9am-12pm              or         1pm-4pm

9am-12pm              or         1pm-4pm


If you would like to arrange for a Home Visit Zoom meeting or phone call please email the school office: with your preferred slot by 9am Friday 3rd July.


We will do our best to accommodate your preferred choice. Apologies, but these are the only possible dates as staff are teaching on the other days.

When emailing to book a virtual Home Visit please include:

-  Your child’s name/class

- Your preferred date/time slot

- Whether you would like a Zoom meeting or phone call. If you would like a phone call please let us know the number you would like us to call.


By the end of next week your child’s classteacher will have recorded a video message/story for your child to watch. We will email you when the video is posted on our website. Please also keep an eye on our school Facebook page. You can find a link at the top right hand side of our website Homepage:

We have emailed this letter and the Welcome booklet to the email address passed on by the Admissions Department.

If you have not received the email from school please email the school office on to let us know, so we can add your email address to the group list.

Please note we are awaiting guidance from the Government regarding the reopening of schools in September and our plans are subject to change. We will keep you posted.

Take care and stay safe.

Mr Ruck – Headteacher and the Reception Team.




Transition from Pre-Schools and Nurseries.

We will be talking to pre-school and nursery settings, as we always do, to find out where your  child is in their learning.

We will also be talking to you directly to find out about your child's preferences; things they particularly enjoy, find difficult etc. These conversations usually take place within the context of a stay and play visit to school in July or a home visit in early September, however if this is not possible, due to the current situation, we will think creatively to ensure that we receive all of the information that we need about your child.

 We have set out some useful resources to support your child's transition including 'A Road to School' document, so you can help to prepare your child for starting at St Stephen's. 

 Starting Primary School - The BBC have put together some articles, videos and resources to support you and your child with starting primary school.

Planning for transition when schools are currently closed - A useful article with some tips to support your child's transition from nursery or preschool to Reception

Learning in Reception.

The Early Years is all about your child learning through play. Your child will spend most of their day in school accessing the continuous provision and following their own interests both indoors and outdoors. The areas within the classroom will be set up by adults who have taken into account your child's interests and next steps. The children will access these areas with support and guidance from teaching staff.


During the day, your child will take part in some short adult led activities focused around Communication and Language, Phonics and Maths. Although adult led, these will be fun and engaging sessions, planned with the children's interests and needs in mind.


There are ample opportunities throughout the year for outdoor play, as we believe this is vital for children's development.


Click on the link below to view the parent/carer's guide to the EYFS. This document directly links to the document used at school when observing and planning activities to support your child. The document is based around age bands. We would initially be working with age bands 30-50 months and 40-60 months in Reception.


EYFS goals for parents/carers: eyfs-goals-for-parents.pdf