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NEW STARTERS 2024/2025

Hello and welcome to Dovedale Primary School. 


This page is designed to keep you up to date with the latest news and information regarding your child and starting school, 


I am Mrs Norton - the Early Years Lead. I will leave my email below. Please feel free to email if there are any urgent queries and I will respond as soon as possible. I work Monday to Thursday and I am one of the class teachers for our two reception classes. 


We have been visiting your child within their nursery setting this week. We will then sort the children into the classes and send them out to you via email before the children start. This can only be done if you return the forms to school that have been sent to you - otherwise we will not have any contact information. 


Once your child comes on their visits to school we will set them up a school Dojo account. This is a secure system to post photos and send messages regarding your child. We will send home a sheet of paper showing how to access this - if you need any help with this then please ask us on the next visit. 



We look forward to meeting you soon.


Mrs Norton and the EYFS team

We have a fantastic team of staff in Reception. 


We have Mrs Norton and Miss Martin who share a class. Mrs Norton is in class Monday - Wednesday and Miss Martin teaches in class Thursday and Friday. 


Ms Keating is in the other class Monday - Friday. 


We also have our Teaching assistants Mrs Hardy and Mrs Homer who the children will also get to know very well. 


Photos will appear soon. 

Monday 10th June - Parents meeting 4pm - 5pm (creche available) 


Tuesday 25th June - visit 1 - 9:30 - 11:00am - parents drop off then pick up at 11.


Tuesday 2nd June - visit 2 -  9:30 - 11:00am - parents drop off then pick up at 11.


Tuesday 9th June - visit 3  - 9:30 - 11:00am - parents drop off then pick up at 11.


Friday 6th September - First day at school 

Here are some links if you wish to have the logo on uniform -  these are NOT compulsory. We hope to have Clarks attend  our parent's meetings prior to the school visits if you wish to book a time and date with them, although there are other places available for black school shoes. 


Red jumper or cardigan

white polo t-shirt or shirt 

black or grey trousers, skirts, pinafore 

red gingham dress 

white socks/grey tights/black tights 


PE kit - black jumper

black joggers or shorts 

black trainers 

red t-shirt 


Reception children should bring their PE kit in a small bag to keep in school. Getting themselves changed is one of their Early Learning Goals.

Please find the link to our school menu examples. Please fill in the medical forms if your child has an allergy to specific foods so we can discuss with you alternatives and options for starting school. 

Once your child has started school we will hold a Phonics information evening to inform you about how we teach phonics and what you should expect your child to bring home at specific points of the year. We will send you the date nearer to the time. 

Thrive is the nurture programme we run in school. Each year one of our thrive practitioners, Mrs Mather or Miss Martin deliver whole class sessions to each class. Some children also have weekly, one to one sessions or are invited to take part in small group activities.


In addition to this we run a six week, family thrive course. This is open to all adults related to children in school to help you have a better understanding of the Thrive approach and how you can incorporate this into family / home life.