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IN PICTURES: New beginnings for Basingstoke youngsters starting school
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NEW shoes and smart uniforms were put on for the very first time by children starting school in Year R.
The youngsters arrived at the gates of Manor Field Infant School, in Haydn Road, Brighton Hill with their parents, who said an emotional goodbye to their little ones before leaving them with their new teacher for the morning.
Sally Peckett, who takes the Ladybird Class at Manor Field, said much preparation had gone in to ensuring the day went as smoothly as possible.
She added: “It’s quite daunting to start with. Everyone has been to pre-school so they are all used to parents dropping them off and knowing they will come back.
“Last week, we did home visits. We go and see them at their home and ask questions about their pre-school and what they like and don’t like and their favourite game or song.”
The Year R classes are split into two groups, with the older children attending in the morning, and the younger pupils coming in the afternoon, before they have their first full day together on October 14.
Miss Peckett said: “It’s been a really smooth transition. We have done lots of songs and stories and playing. Playing outdoors has been a favourite. They always enjoy the water and sand.”
Four-year-old Emily Ward said: “I have been playing with play dough. I like playing in the playground.”
Georgia Clayton was the eldest in her class, having celebrated her fifth birthday on September 3.
Holly Hennessey, four, said: “We have been singing all day. I like playing with the water.”
Sarah and Richard Farmer, from Rooksdown, were collecting their four-year-old son Callum following his first day at school on September 9.
Richard, 28, said: “When he went to playschool, it was so hard for a couple of months. It took us a long time to get him in to it but today, I’m guessing because he’s got an older brother and he gets to dress up like him and do the things he does, he went in better than expected.
“I was expecting tears but he was really good.”
Mother-of-two Jessica Lowe, 24, from Brighton Hill, collected her four-year-old son Thomas Vickery-Lowe.
She said “It was horrible leaving him. We had a few tears but after that he was alright. It was worse for me than him. He’s enjoyed it by the sounds of it.”
Michelle Hale, 28, from Brighton Hill, said of her four-year-old daughter Clarissa Palmer-Hale’s first day: “I was worse than she was. She went in no problem – she didn’t even say goodbye! She’s got an older brother in the juniors so it’s not the first time I have done the routine. She’s got on fine.”
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