Welcome to Bathampton Primary School
On this page we will provide key information to help you support your child as they begin their learning adventure at Bathampton Primary School. Our core values of respect, curiosity, creativity, kindness, resilience and teamwork are at the centre of everything we do. Over the next few weeks we will begin our induction process with a meeting for parents and carers and school visits. Our aim is to ensure a smooth transition and to support individual needs.
At Bathampton we have wonderful grounds, space and a range of equipment that supports the outdoor teaching and learning. Recently the Reception Classroom has been updated with new furniture, resources and equipment. The classroom is a space to inspire play and promote learning, supporting all aspects of child development.
Parents’ top tips for Starting School
We asked a group of parents to give us some top tips to share. They gave us some great ideas.
‘Take a snack when you pick your child up for the way home’
‘Initially don’t over overload children with too many clubs and after school/weekend activities’
'Pack a balanced lunch box with easy open wrappers or boxes’
'Find a good time to share reading books, reading a bedtime story is lovely to have as a bedtime routine, but children can be too tired to read at this time. Finding a good time to listen to your children helps, and keeping it short without pressure’
‘Managing tiredness is key and be aware of early tiredness signs- talk to staff if it is becoming an issue’
'Help your child to settle with a quick drop off in the morning’
At Bathampton we have a wonderful system where Year 6 children become the buddy for one or two Reception children. We take time to pair the children and match personalities and take existing friendships into account, if it is going to be a positive buddy pairing. The Year 6 children collect the Reception children at playtime and spend time teaching them playground games and getting to know the other children at the school. As the year progresses the buddy system becomes a secure and supportive network of friends. The buddy system is so successful it has become a feature of the school and Year 6 children aspire to being a buddy.