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Early years bulletin

22 May 2023


Welcome to the transition to school bulletin.


View the 2023 transfer record here


The annual citywide transition meeting is an opportunity to come together to share information about children transferring into Year R at school.

Wednesday 7 June, 4.00pm - 6.00pm

New Horizons Primary School, Portchester Road, PO2 7JB

Please ensure you book your place so that we can inform schools which settings are due to attend. 

Please note that parking is available on the roads surrounding the school, but gets very busy at this time of day. Entrance to the school for the transition meeting will be through the gate on Portchester Road. You will then be greeted by members of the Early Years team and asked to sign in, before going through to the main hall and break off rooms to start your transition conversations.

Sue Bowler, Early Years Advisory Teacher, will be available to discuss any concerns you have around SEND and Inclusion (from a setting or school perspective), so do seek her out if you have any questions.


View the 10 top tips for starting school poster here

Find more information on the 10 top tips for starting school here


For children with SEND, don’t forget to use the SEND transition tool alongside the receiving school and parents. This is a tool to support structured conversations between setting, school and parents to discuss needs and plan the first few days/weeks at school.

Access the SEND Transition Tool here


All schools will have the 10 recommended reads to use in September 2023. Public libraries will also be stocking the 10 reads and encouraging parents to access these over the summer holidays. If as a setting you don’t have all 10 recommended reads, you can use any of the books we have selected for this project. The following books are of particular importance as they really demonstrate strong rhyming structures and have a rhythmic flow as you re-tell the stories, so do try and dig out any copies of the following and share with your pre-schoolers:

  • Shark in the park
  • Oi frog
  • We're going on a bear hunt
  • Ten little superheroes
  • This old man

You can of course, choose other books which lend themselves to supporting children's growing awareness and enjoyment of rhyme and rhythm.


We strongly encourage our early years settings in Portsmouth to be following Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds so that children are exposed to a rich and varied diet of phonological activities before they start school. This will really support their speech, language and communication skills and also set children up to be successful readers and communicators when they are in Year R. Aspect 7 - oral blending and segmenting is a crucial experience that pre-school children need to take part in, so that they can begin phase 2 phonics confidently in Year R. We have videos of Phase 1 phonics, created in Portsmouth, for you to access.

View the videos here

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