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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Spelling Books


In the Garden and Bee Books, your child's teacher will highlight the eyes at the top of a set, to indicate that your child needs to learn to read the words in the set. Please do not tick the boxes at home. After being tested in school, the teacher will highlight the tick at the top of a set to show that your child needs to learn how to spell these words.

In all other books, the teacher will highlighted the tick at the top of a set to indicate the set of spellings for the week. Again, please do not tick them at home.


Every time your child reaches a golden bar, then they will receive a 'Big Check-up' and the tick in the second column will be highlighted at the top of three or four sets.  This means that all of the spellings since the last golden bar are re-checked in school. These will be tested in full sentences.  Once your child has spelt these correctly, then they will move onto the next set.



As the spellings become more complex, your child may receive a book with a speech bubble at the bottom of each set. This will be ticked at school once your child shows that they understand the words in the set and can say them in a suitable sentence. 

In some books, the children will be asked to write the root word for each spelling and then write a sentence to demonstrate their comprehension of the word.


When your child has learnt each set, they can celebrate by colouring in one of the pictures on the last double page. At the end of each book, we take the opportunity to congratulate each child's successes, presenting them with a certificate in our Friday Celebration Assembly. There are many to collect!