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New Entrants

HeadteacherWelcome Message from Mr De Freitas, 26 June

It would usually be around this time that we would be welcoming our new entrants to their first play afternoon at Hawes Down Primary School. These afternoons are a highlight for myself and Mrs. Whiteman, as it is a time full of excitement, curiosity and intrepidation - and that is just the parents! Unfortunately, due to the current climate, these sessions can’t happen right now, but, all being well, we hope to welcome our new entrants for their play mornings in September. 

Instead, for the time being, I would like to welcome our new entrants and families to our Hawes Down community by including them in our weekly letters so that they can see what life here is like. We have created your own dedicated part of the school website not only for you to access information, but also to provide your child with weekly stories being read by the EYFS staff. We hope that they can get to know some familiar faces before they start in September. So, a virtual welcome to all of you, from myself and Mrs. Whiteman, and we look forward to welcoming you in person in September.

New Entrants Video Tour

Please click here to view a short video tour of our school. Mrs Whiteman will tell you all about what to expect on your first day at our school.

Getting Ready for School

Many of you may be wondering how you can help your child be ready for school, especially due to them missing so much preschool due to the current climate.  Please have a look at the guidance below which will give you a good idea of how you can help your child at home and what you can practise over the summer holidays.  At Hawes Down ,we are more concerned about your child being independent and able to dress themselves, feed themselves and use the toilet than being able to read and write as this is what we will address as soon as they start.  

My starting school checklist Getting ready for school poster

HDPS Welcome Booklet for Children Front cover hdps welcome book

Please click here to download a welcome booklet for children and their parents/carers.




Learning in EYFS

Please click here to view a PowerPoint all about learning in EYFS.

Behaviour Expectations at HDPS

Please click here to view a Powerpoint abour behaviour expectations at HDPS, our Champion Choices and house house points system.

Billy and the Big New School

Please click here to watch Mrs Whiteman read a story all about starting school.

Bop Bop's First Day

Please click here to watch Miss Dale read a story about Bop Bop, a very brave little alien who is starting in reception.

My World, Your World

Please click here to watch this week's story. This is being read to you by Miss Donnelly, who is the class teacher of Star Class. We hope that you enjoy it!

Mouse's Big Day

Please click here to watch this week's story. This is being read by Miss Breathwick, who is one of the class teachers for Sun Class. 



Page Downloads Date  
Weekly letter from Mr De Freitas, 26th June 26th Jun 2020 Download
School Opening Guidance Letter, 3rd July 2020 07th Jul 2020 Download
Letter from Mr De Freitas, 10 July 2020 10th Jul 2020 Download
PTA poster 2020 04th Sep 2020 Download
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