Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

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How can parents help?

How can parents help?

It is worth noting that teachers will help to guide children towards books appropriate to their ability and interests. There may be times when a child is asked to read a slightly less or more challenging book or one that is less or more demanding. Teachers will constantly respond to the data collected by AR in helping a child to be challenged appropriately. 


Please also help by:

  • encouraging your child to read books at their own book level (ZPD). Most children are more likely to be successful if they read within this range: it is proven to allow comprehension to grow along with reading skills.​​​​​​​
  • challenging your child to read a wide range of stories. Sets and favourite authors are great to encourage reading, but a wide range continuously introduces your child to new ideas, vocabulary and sentence structure​​​​​​​
  • sign in using Home Connect and encourage your child to meet their targets
  • register your email in Home Connect so that you can see how your child is progressing in their quizes​​​​​​​
  • as with anything, performance improves with practice. According to Renaissance Learning’s research (the creators of AR), children who read at least twenty minutes a day within their reading range, with a 90% comprehension rate on AR quizzes, see the greatest gains.


​​​​​​​Please encourage your child to read at home, discuss books, ask questions about what they have read and visit your local library. Sometimes a child is able to read a ‘hard book’, but struggles to understand the text fully. Please help your child to remain focused on what is important - understanding and enjoyment. This will see the best gains. Thank you so much for your support.