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New Starters 2020

As a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to hold our usual face to face welcome meetings and pupil experience days for our new Reception class intake this year. As such, we are hoping that this page provides as much information as possible to support our new parents and families with the preparations you need to make to ensure a smooth transion when your child starts school.


On this page you will find:

  • Our updated 2020-21 School Prospectus, Getting Ready for School Checklist and other relevant documents (click here to download).
  • Our current induction timetable for September (government advice pending)
  • Information about how you can register with our online Reception class learning environment ‘Tapestry’.
  • Information about our Reception class team with photographs to share with your child.



September Induction Timetable

As our pupils begin to return in September, we want to secure a brisk but measured induction for our new Reception pupils starting the school. We are aware that they will not yet have visited the school or met school staff and that the first day will likely be overwhelming for both child and parent.

As such, within our induction arrangements this year we have built in the usual meet and greet sessions that your child would have experienced during the summer term. We have created these within week one meaning, for the first two days, your child will attend school for just one and a half hours. This will give them the chance to meet some of their classmates and school staff in smaller groups so as not to be too overwhelming.

In week two (the first full week back) we will split the class into two groups, one attending in the mornings (10am-12pm) and one in the afternoon (1pm - 3pm). The children will stay in these groups the following week but will stay or arrive to include the experience of school dinners (10am-1pm / 12pm-3pm).

In week four, the children will start a full timetable, arriving at 8:50am and finishing at 3:10pm.



Children to attend 1.5 hr (small group) meet and greet sessions with school staff



Children to attend am or pm sessions (without staying for lunch)



Children to attend am or pm sessions (and stay/arrive for lunch)



Children start full time (Government advice permitting)


We will not be arranging a standard 'virtual meet' for all parents this term as we feel this web page contains all the information most parents will need. However, if you would like to arrange a face to face 'virtual meet' with the Reception class teacher (Mrs Brierley) please email her directly This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


How to join Tapestry 


All children attending Heap Bridge Reception class have a personal on-line Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us.

We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted on secure servers in the EU. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.


Where do I start?

We will set up an account for you and email you over the next week or two. Once you have set yourself a password and PIN from the activation email, please go to on your computer and log into your Tapestry account. You're also able to download the Tapestry App for your device: If you have an iPhone or iPad, visit the iTunes store and download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for Tapestry) or if you have an android device, then you may download the android app from the Google Play Store.


Changing your settings

On the computer

At the top right of your screen you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’. Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password.

You also have the option to receive an notification whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journey – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting.


On iphone/ipad

To change your settings on the iphone/ipad app, click the 'cog' button on the bottom right hand side of the application. This enables you to change password and/or email address.


Viewing my child’s Learning Journey

Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at. You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to - and we would love to receive such comments!


Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journey

Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the 'plus' icon on your iphone/ipad) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’.


We look forward to seeing your first contribution...


Mrs Brierley and our Reception class team (please note these images do not always display in some browsers)

Our full 'Meet the Staff' page can be found here.