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Welcome to Batley Parish C of E JIN School


We would like to give you a huge welcome to Batley Parish JIN C of E School. We are delighted that your child has been allocated a place with us to start in September and we can’t wait to get to know you all.

Usually at this point we would be able to invite you to a parent’s meeting and let you know of our transition plans, but at the moment we don’t know when we will all be back at school. We are however, determined to make transition as smooth for your child as we can and we will be writing to you in due course to let you know of our plans.

In the meantime, we will keep you well informed and share lots of information on these pages. You can also look at our Reception Class Twitter page. You can find this on the school home page


Under normal circumstances starting school is an anxious time for all families. At Batley Parish, we have developed excellent systems to ensure that this important transition is as smooth as possible for children and parents. However, 2020 has been anything but normal! We are in the process of re-working our usual transition arrangements to ensure that these all important first days at school are the most positive they can be so that your child makes taht important step to being a life long learner.


Hello, my name is Miss James and I am really excited to be your Class teacher in September. I have worked at the school for over ten years and I have lots of experience teaching children in the Early Years.   I believe passionately in young children learning through well structured, purposeful  play. . I have a wonderful team who work with me in the Reception Classroom. and we cannot wait to meet you! 

I am also the Early Years Leader for the School and that means I am part of the Senior Leadership Team. I work alongside the KS1 Leader and the KS2 Leader to support the Headteacher. 

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You will find lots of useful and important documents on this page that we would normally be sharing with you in person. However, please take the time to browse through the information provided. We have tried to provide all the information that you will need to help prepare your child for starting school. Below you will find a copy of our School Welcome booklet that contains all of the relevant information that you need. We have also provided a copy of our Welcome meeting document which we normally share with you at the meeting. If you have any questions or queries relating to this information please contact the school office on 01924 326361 and we will be more than happy to help you


We have provided lots of useful information below that you may find useful to help prepare you and your child for starting school. Here you will find lots of useful hints and tips of how to support your child's transition to starting school. We know that this can be an anxious time for both you and your child and we hope that the information below will help you to prepare for your child starting school.  


We have an amazing team of adults who support Miss James in providing your child with the best start to their education..

Miss James is supported by two Early Years Practitioners who work alongside her to deliver high quality teaching and learning. 

Mrs Saloo is a very experienced member of the team. She has vast knowledge of working with children and she is highly skilled at teaching your child. Mrs Saloo is also a Cover Supervisor for our school, which means that she covers Class teachers from Nursery to Year Six in their absence. 

Mrs Daji is also a very experienced member of the team. She has worked in the Early Years, KS1 and KS2. Mrs Daji loves imaginative play and is wonderful at creating pretend play. She is also a HLTA ( Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and she teaches Year 5 on a Friday afternoon.

Your child will also be taught by Miss Chothia every Wednesday afternoon to cover Miss James who has leadership time. Miss Chothia is our Nursery teacher and so will be familiar to some of your children,  She is responsible for teaching R.E ( Religious Education) and Music every Wednesday.

Finally, your child recieves a weekly session of P.E and this is taught by Mrs Halmshaw. Mrs Halmshaw is a highly experienced PE Teacher and has a passion for this subject. They will be taught a range of fundamental skills including throwing, catching, balancing and coordination. 

During the staggered start to school, your child will have the opportunity to meet all of the adults in their classroom. They will also be looked after at lunchtimes by our caring and kind Dinnerladies, who take care of them in the Dinner hall and on the playground. 

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We pride ourselves at Batley Parish JIN School that we make our classrooms creative and fun that engage young learners. We follow topics each half term that will engage and excite your child. The children are taught through a well balanced range of child initiated and adult led activities. They are taught Phonics and Maths on a daily basis. We also ensure that children are ready to daily and we share high quality picture books with them. Your child is able to explore the indoor and outdoor classroom. They have access to the outdoor classroom on a daily basis where they can explore and learn about the world around them. All you need is a pair of wellington boots and a waterproof coat and you can enjoy our outdoor classroom! .

Our indoor classroom is organsied into different areas of provision. For example, we have a home corner where your child can make believe and pretend with their friends. We have a junk modelling area where they learn how to fasten materials together and create models using tape and staplers.  We have an interactive maths area where your child can find lots of fun number and shape games. We have also have playdough and lots of play dough tools. We have a large art area where children can make paintings, collages and drawings. You will also find a building and construction area, a self service snack area where you can have your breakfast with your friends. We have a wonderful book corner where you can sit in a cosy corner with a lovely book. We also have a writing area where you can draw and label your pictures. We write lots of different things such as shopping lists and postcards!

In our outdoor classroom we have a range of different activities that your child can access. We offer these resources in our self service sheds so that children can access them independently. We have some wonderful large wooden bricks so if you enjoy building you will love these! We have made lots of things such as a pirate ship and a fast train!! Just remember to wear your builders hat! We also like to look and talk about the world around us. We have a beautiful blossom tree in the middle of our playground where we can observe its changes throughout school year. We like to look for bugs adn insects hidden under the logs. We also have a wooden tree house and a super mud kitchen!! We learn to read, write, count and draw outdoors. We play skittles, hide and seek, we go on word hunts and count forwards and backwards on the giant numberlines! Have a look at the photographs below and talk to your child about what areas of provision they may want to explore when they start school.. 



We want to provide you with lots of information to help prepare your child for starting school. This is an important chapter in theirs and your lives. We know that for some of your children they will have attended a Nursery setting. Your Nursery will share information about your child with us as part of the transition process. However, we would also like to get to know your child and therefore we have dedicated this part of the website to your child. You will find an All About Me Booklet that you can complete with your child. We will be sending you a copy of this in your welcome pack. 

We also ask that when you recieve your child's welcome pack, that you return the Contact form to us as soon as possible and provide us with any information regarding your child's allergies or medical conditions.

Your child's nursery will already be supporting their transition to our school. They will be sending us all of the transition information about your child. We would normally be arranging visits to your child's Nursery, however due to the current situation, we will not be able to do this. Therefore, we ask that you complete the simple questionnaire about your child and bring this with us on your child's first day. 

At Batley Parish C of E JIN School we also believe that children should be read to every day and we take pride in sharing daily stories where we can read aloud to your child.  Taking the time to read to your child on a daily basis is crucial to developing their speaking and listening skills. It also helps to extend the range of words and vocabulary that they use. Reading also helps develop their imagination and teaches them about the world around them!  So pick up a book and enjoy the joy of sharing a book with your child!  There are so many fabulous picture books that you can borrow from the library or pick up from supermarkets. Why not check out the list of Miss James favourite picture books!! 

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What is our School Uniform?

At Baltey Parish your child will wear a uniform. We can order school jumpers/ cardigans, polo shirts and book bags from the office. We have included an order form in your welcome pack. Children will need to wear;

  • Blue cardigan/ jumper with / without the school logo
  • White polo shirt ( with or without the school logo)
  • Grey or navy skirt / dress or trousers
  • A pair of school shoes. ( Pumps are NOT required for children to change into as we no longer ask them to wear indoor shoes.)
  • School shoes ( Grey/Black without logos or brand names, preferably without laces as children need to get dressed and undressed by themselves. Velcro is brilliant !
  • A school book bag. ( These can be ordered from school)
  • A P.E Kit. white tshirt/ navy shorts./ pair of pumps for indoor sessions and trainers for outdoor sessions.
  • A P.E bag will be provided for your child when they start school
  • A pair of wellington boots that are left at school for outdoor play
  • Waterproof trousers  for outdoor play 
  •  A spare set of underwear can also be left on your child's peg in case they need to change during the day
  • A water bottle is provided for every child
  • Children also need to wear a coat to school each day and preferably a waterproof one with a hood so that they can play outdoors in all weathers!
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